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Starting up a business is a grueling process. Making connections, raising capital and navigating legal requirements are just a few of the many challenges startups face. From the idea phase to securing growth, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has programs and mentorship available to small business owners at any stage in the process. The Partnership is here to help — at no cost to the business.

The Partnership Mentor Connection is designed for founders of small businesses to connect with mentors throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM).

Mentor Others

Many people in the DSM community can provide a great service by mentoring business owners and leaders. The Partnership will not give out mentor contact information directly. The system requires a mutual agreement between mentor and mentee before contact information is provided. Once the initial information is completed, a Partnership team member will contact you with further information and to answer any questions you have. Start the process to become a mentor.

Connect with Mentors

Building relationships with a trusted group of mentors can provide you with a wealth of knowledge from people who want to see you succeed. The Partnership Mentor Connection provides mentees access to a large number of potential mentors. Please note that when you select a mentor or mentors to connect with, a Partnership team member will contact you to learn more about your needs. Once more information is gathered, The Partnership will work to connect you with the mentor(s) you request. Start the process to connect to mentors.

If you already have an account, please log in here. For more information, contact one of the members of The Partnership team.

Contact The Partnership Team

Along with community-based mentorship, The Partnership team members are here to help. The Partnership currently has two full-time team members dedicated to helping you with starting and growing your business.

Christina Moffatt

Focused on main street businesses, Christina Moffatt brings her own business experience to the table. Moffatt has mentored hundreds of business owners around DSM in the last eight years and is here to help. With experience in planning, management, business loans, real estate acquisitions and buildout, business startup, employee management and running a small business successfully, Moffatt works with small businesses to help create, launch and grow their business. Contact Christina Moffatt.

Mike Colwell

Focused on high-growth-potential startup businesses looking to scale regionally or nationally, Mike Colwell has spent the last 11 years helping people improve their chances for success. With a background in marketing, sales, product development and finance, Colwell works with startups to build their business model, financial model, marketing strategies and capitalization plan. As Co-Manager of the Plains Angels and as an angel investor personally, Colwell understands what it takes to raise equity capital. Contact Mike Colwell.