Our Process

More About Entrepreneurs Participating in EF Advisory Sessions

Who Can Participate
All innovative businesses with a clear, written business proposal, potential to grow, and a willingness to listen to suggestions are welcome. Companies first contact EF for an initial client consultation.

During the consultation meetings, the company works with EF to decide upon the best types of advisors for a session, develop materials for the advisors to consider and work on the entrepreneur's brief presentation at the session. If a client is not quite ready for an advisory session, EF refers the client to other resources in the community that can assist.

What Does It Cost
Entrepreneurs do not pay fees for the EF sessions. All costs are absorbed by our contributors. Entrepreneurs are responsible for preparing the materials requested in a timely fashion. In addition, EF requests all client companies to respond to a Evaluation Survey designed to track their company performance and provide suggestions for EF's development.

How are Advisors Chosen
EF invites advisors based upon the individual needs of each entrepreneur. Some entrepreneurs may need to focus on financial issues; others will want to focus on production, management or technology issues. We aim for a diverse group which will provoke lively and fruitful discussion.

We provide each entrepreneur with a list of advisors selected for the event prior to the EF session. He or she has the option of requesting different advisors due to conflict of interest or competitive issues.

Confidentiality
The materials an entrepreneur submits to Entrepreneurs' Forum are confidential. In some cases, entrepreneurs may request their own confidentiality agreements to be completed prior to the review of business materials.

Advisors will Say What They Think
Advisors are expected to say what they think, even if they believe that the entrepreneur may not agree with them. We ask them to do this in a constructive way, offering alternate solutions. We encourage entrepreneurs to try to listen to the advice in a neutral way, since one can choose how to use that piece of advice later.

Clarity of Volunteer Advisor Time and Paid Time
EF Clients need to be especially clear about what time they might ask from EF Advisors after the session on a paid-basis and as an un-paid courtesy.

In many cases, Advisors wish to continue their business involvement with the entrepreneur's company. They may do so in a casual mentoring relationship at no cost to the EF Client. In other situations, EF Clients may call an EF Advisor for paid professional advice and assistance. Some advisors offer an hour or more of time at no charge followed by some number of future hours at a reduced rate. These arrangements are completely between each client and each advisor.

EF does not recommend or guarantee services or professional advisors to entrepreneurs. However, we do provide a list of corporate sponsors and volunteer advisors to interested entrepreneurs.

After the EF Session
After the EF session we will send a report summarizing the results of the meeting. In addition, we will be available to the Client for additional assistance and networking.

We keep EF Clients informed of upcoming events. We contact them to find out how the business is doing and if we can be of further service.

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