The relationship between the mentoring of African American entrepreneurs has a professed effect on their business success. Findings from this research provide expanded clearness regarding mentoring of African American entrepreneurs and their success and a deeper understanding of the African American mentoring phenomenon. African American entrepreneurial mentoring relationships are quantified while mentor traits and functions perceived to be associated with success are identified and ranked according to their perceived level of importance using a survey. Participant data were collected from African American entrepreneurs and, the study was structured as a single descriptive case study approach.
The Pearson correlation coefficient was used to test the research hypotheses and results indicated a significant positive relationship at the .05 level (p< 0.05) between the mentoring of African American entrepreneurs and their perceptions of success. Mentor functions found to contribute most to African American success were providing exposure and visibility, role modeling, and confirmation. This study contributes to the research on mentoring by providing a perspective to African American entrepreneurs in the potential, ability, need of and the effects on mentoring and career advancement. Mentoring is a tool that can be effective in the areas of personal development and empowerment.
|Subjects||African American studies; Black studies; Entrepreneurship; Management|
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