Mentorship Program

A Mentorship Program Designed for Entrepreneurs

The Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU and efactory Mentorship Program gives startup founders and small business owners access to experienced owners and business leaders. These experts understand the risks and rewards of starting a business. Mentors provide honest and practical feedback based on personal experience, not just business theory.

Mentors hold sessions on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC and City of Springfield recommendations, mentorship meetings are being held virtually.


John Alexander
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Ion Wave Technologies, Inc. Learn more about John.

Mentor Sessions:
December 8 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Jeff Benge
Recovering accountant turned global sales and marketing executive. Learn more about Jeff.

Mentor Sessions:
December 4 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
December 9 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Dustin Bobbitt
Innovation Program Manager, BKD. Learn more about Dustin.

Mentor Sessions:
November 20 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
December 2 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Rachel Anderson
efactory Director, startup cofounder and more. Learn more about Rachel.

Mentor Sessions:
November 30 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
December 3 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Sign Up to Meet

Mentorship sessions for the rest of 2020 are currently full. We look forward to adding new times for early 2021 soon. In the meantime, schedule a meeting with a member of the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team to talk to someone about starting or growing an existing business.


The Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University's mentorship program is a joint program with the efactory. By signing up to meet with a mentor you will become a client of the Small Business Development Center.