Become a mentor

Business Growth MAP mentors help cultivate and foster a growth mindset in students while contributing to the success of small businesses and nonprofits in the region. The objective is to have a diverse group of voices that are poised to bridge the student transition from theoretical work in the classroom to real-world, hands-on experience.

Business Growth MAP seeks mentors who:

  • come from a variety of business backgrounds
  • come from historically underrepresented backgrounds in business (LGBTQ+, African American, Native American, Latinx and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)

The program aims to develop and maintain a quality group of mentors across demographic groups to reflect the diversity of the student population at WSU Vancouver and of the region. This is the best way to cultivate a campus and community climate that is contextually rich, and ethically and socially just, which will lead to the opportunity to thrive for all.


Who: Open to seasoned business professionals looking for volunteer opportunities.

Time: Mentors devote three hours a week over the course of a 16-week semester.

When: There are two sessions to choose from: August to December and January to May.

Responsibilities: Mentors work with both the student team and client to:

  • Clarify client needs
  • Keep the client engaged and assist with student interactions
  • Ensure the student team addresses meaningful issues ad guides students to provide useful analysis
  • Make sure the students’ recommendations are realistic
  • Help the client understand and implement the analysis

Mentors complete an interview and application process.

If this opportunity sounds right for you, contact the Business Growth MAP manager at 360-546-9533 or