Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work With the Right Mentor

A Guide for the Solopreneur
Book 1 in The Business Mentoring Solution Series

By Virginia McGowan PhD

Ebook + Print

Ebook + Print


How to Harness the Power of Mentoring: A Workbook/Journal for My Mentoring Journey

A companion resource for Harness the Power of Mentoring. 50 pages, coil bound, gloss cover.

Harnessing the Power of Mentoring: A Mentorship Planner for Mentees

Customized to YOUR mentoring program! 52 pages, coil bound, gloss cover

Interested in tips to help you find and work with a mentor? How about 74??!!

Scroll to the bottom of this page to get a FREE flip e-book: 74 Top TIPS for the Solopreneur!



  • An online course


Helping Solopreneurs Rise to New Heights and
Reach Their True Potential


Overwhelmed, frustrated, and just a little bit anxious (or a lot)? Getting into business on your own can be a scary experience. The solopreneur–someone who is the sole proprietor of a small business–often struggles without the support networks found in larger enterprises.

That’s where a mentor comes in.

The Right Mentor for You

But not just any mentor will do. The right mentor ‘gets’ that you, the solopreneur, are unique. Your mindset–your aspirations and attitude–and business practices differ from other types of entrepreneurs.

Resources Support You

Unlike any other business mentoring books in the world today, the books in The Business Mentoring Solution series speak directly to the experiences of the solopreneur and those who mentor them.

In the first book in the series, Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor–A Guide for the Solopreneur,  I’ll help you, the solopreneur who is looking for a mentor, get clear on:

  • What matters most in life and work.
  • How to align actions with values, vision, and purpose.
  • What actions to take and how to do it without getting overwhelmed.
  • Realistic, relevant, and timely goals and targets.
  • How to find and work with the right mentor for you and your business.

From Current Reality to Desired Future

I can help you move from your current reality to your desired future:

1- Know yourself so you are aware of your values, vision, mission, and purpose.

2- Know what you want and need to achieve in the short-term, mid-term, and long-term so you can create realistic and relevant goals.

3- Know how to build a plan for a healthy mentoring relationship so you experience and benefit from the best that mentoring can offer.

Go ahead–Change your world!

About Me

I guide solopreneurs to find and work with the right mentor to build a healthy, effective mentoring relationship so they can rise to new heights and reach their true potential.

I had amazing mentors…


Books and Information Products

Check here for announcements about print and eBooks in The Business Mentoring Solution Series for mentors, mentees, and mentoring program managers. You can order the first book in the series (Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor–A Guide for the Solopreneur) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble either in print or eBook formats. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find an order form for a discounted copy of the print book (contains a minor typo).

You’ll also find information products such as the 74 Top TIPS e-book and the workbook/journals and mentorship planners that complement the main books in the series.

Watch for the announcements in this space or contact me using the form below.

Sign up for my blog (formerly a newsletter) Mentoring News & Views, exclusive to subscribers. See the sign-up form at the bottom of this page.

Online Courses

Do you prefer to learn from videos and interact with others and your instructor? Check here for the latest online courses on mentoring, both live and recorded.

Soon to be released is the first online course: Find and Work with the Right Mentor: A Step-by-Step Guide.

It’s an 8-step guide in two parts with lots of resources such as worksheets, checklists, and quizzes to help you develop a strategy that works for you. Learn at your own pace.

Part A: Prepare for Mentoring

  1. Develop a Mentoring Mindset
  2. Clarify What You Want
  3. Clarify What You Need
  4. The Right Mentor for You

Part B: Work It!

  1. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
  2. Evaluate Your Progress
  3. Saying Thanks & Goodbye
  4. Next Steps

Contact me via the form at the bottom of this page if you would like to participate in a course previewIn return, I’ll give you a 75-percent discount on the cost of the course.The full cost for both parts of the course is $147.00 CDN plus HST.

Mentoring Program Development & Evaluation

I’m an experienced subject-matter expert who develops and evaluates mentoring programs.

Let’s talk about the needs of your community, group, organization, or sector/industry. I can custom design a mentoring program and evaluation framework.

As a Certified Mentoring Program Manager, I can provide coordination for your mentoring program too.

I provided just such a service to the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), creating and implementing a highly-successful mentoring program for women entrepreneurs across the province in a pilot project that ran from 2014 to 2017. I’ve written up the extraordinary results and impact the program had in an academic book chapter. And I’m working with PEIBWA once again in 2020-2021 as a consultant on a new initiative: Accelerate HER PEI. This is a pilot for a combined accelerator/mentorship for Island women that is being rolled out under the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership, a collaboration that reaches across all four provinces in the region. I’m also working with my Rotary Club of Charlottetown to develop a mentorship program for our members.

The 2014-2017 PEIBWA pilot write up can be found in this book. Contact me for details to obtain a copy.

McGowan, Virginia, and Hannah Bell. (2017). “Helping Women Get on TRACK: Building Resiliency through a Business Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island.” In Laurie Brinklow and Ryan Gibson (Eds.), From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience (pp. 132-160). Charlottetown, PE: Island Studies Press.

Get in touch–no strings attached–by contacting me via the form at the bottom of this page.


Many learners prefer to learn face-to-face with others in a workshop setting.
If that’s your preference, you can book me to give a workshop to your group or your organization. I’ll be pleased to customize a workshop to your needs and interests in mentoring.
I presented three such sessions for the Prince Edward Island business incubator: The Startup Zone. It was a lively interactive Lunch-and-Learn session in Charlottetown in May and June 2019. 
I also presented well-attended workshops on mentoring at the annual conferences of Editors Canada and the International Mentoring Association during pre-pandemic 2019.
In January 2021, I presented two separate workshops for the PEI Business Women’s Association pilot program Accelerate HER PEI.
The training was to prepare mentees and mentors for their mentorships in that program.
Of course, the workshops were online with Zoom! And participants received copies of my multi-award winning book and its companion workbook/journal.

Speaking Engagements

I’m a popular speaker and available for speaking engagements on demand.  As a former university professor and social scientist, I’m comfortable with small and large groups.

I addressed several Rotary Clubs (for example, “Mentoring in the Post-#MeToo Era”) in 2019 and presented a reading from my book Harness the Power of Mentoringat the FogLit Festival in 2018.

I spoke to the annual conference of the International Mentoring Association in Gainesville, Florida, in March 2019. In April and May 2019, I presented to members of PEI’s business incubator for their Lunch-and-Learn series. In June 2019, you would have caught me in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the 40th annual conference of Editors Canada, with a special session for freelance editors.

And in fall 2019, I delivered a series of three webinars for the International Mentoring Association that reached an international audience online: 1. Prepare for it!, 2. Do it!, and 3. Be it!.

Contact me for your group, event, or organization!.

Guest Blogs

Coming soon!

If you would like to contribute, just contact me and we can chat about your ideas!

Our Most Popular Books and Information Products

Begin your journey to becoming a successful Solopreneur through the power of mentoring with Virginia’s tested and tailored methods.  Both print and eBooks are now available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at The Bookmark, an independent bookstore in Charlottetown, PEI!

Did you know that you can order copies of the workbook + journal How to Harness the Power of Mentoring AND the customizable planner Harnessing the Power of Mentoring: A Mentorship Planner for Mentees directly from the author via this website? With your order, you’ll receive a complimentary eBook copy of Harness the Power of Mentoring: Top TIPS for Solopreneurs.

Special discount codes available for bulk orders.

Get a FREE Flip eBook!

Sign up below and get a free copy of my PDF ebook, Harness the Power of Mentoring: 74 Top TIPS for Solopreneurs.

Get in touch with me today!

Talk/Text: 1-902-330-2013