Written by: Khary Dvorak-Ewell, Senior Associate - Business Engagement
Gilbert Campbell and Antonio Francis, owners of Volt Energy, photographed with President Obama at the White House. (Photo retrieved from: http://volt-energy.com/page/volt-energy-invited-to-white-house-for-president-obamas-energy-talk)
Green For All is continuing its thriving partnerships with Accenture and the International Coach Federation (ICF) to offer the 2013 Business Mentoring and Coaching Program for Green Entrepreneurs. The Mentoring and Coaching Program pairs experienced executives and certified coaches with green entrepreneurs across the U.S. who are looking to expand their businesses and create green jobs.
“The green economy is a key part of American entrepreneurship,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “These small businesses can take advantage of their mentors’ experience and knowledge to grow to scale and thrive.”
Accenture’s mentors bring their comprehensive business and industry expertise, unparalleled experience, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies to work with established green entrepreneurs in the Mentoring Program. Entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their businesses and create jobs are paired with seasoned Accenture Executives to address core business challenges, reach company milestones, and build successful green businesses.
“By working together with Green For All we can help provide green entrepreneurs with the skills they need to build a business,” said Michael D. Scimo, managing director of U.S. Human Capital and Diversity at Accenture. “The Business Mentorship Program for Green Entrepreneurs taps into Accenture’s passion for giving back to the community, helping others develop their skills and talents, and contributing to the green economy.”
The program also pairs highly skilled business coaches, certified by the ICF, with early-stage green entrepreneurs in the Coaching Program. The coaches bring high-level experience working with business leaders across the country. Their mentoring helps newer entrepreneurs build their green businesses on solid foundations by boosting clarity about their goals, developing cohesive plans for growth, and creating sustainable motivation.
Graduates of the first program are already improving the communities in which they live and work.
“Working with Green for All and Accenture, I received the skills and encouragement I needed to grow my renewable-energy company,” said Gilbert Campbell, co-owner of Volt Energy, LLC and graduate of the Mentoring Program. “By working with my mentor, my business obtained several solar contracts at institutions such as Wake Forest and Fort Bragg. Our company was also recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine. We were even invited to the White House for recognition of our achievements in the green economy.”
Applications for the Mentoring and Coaching Program are now available online (bit.ly/2013App) and the deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 1. Entrepreneurs must be able to commit to the program from February until August 2013. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications. For more information please visit bit.ly/GreenMentoring and bit.ly/GreenCoaching, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.