GRAND RAPIDS — Wayne Visbeen credits Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring with helping him visualize future growth and development of his 20-year-old architectural company, Visbeen Associates.
“JEM has been excellent. The whole experience forces you to take the time to evaluate your company and become more intentional about your future,” said Visbeen.
Mike Jandernoa, former president and CEO of Perrigo, launched JEM in May 2010. In the first year, the program has had nine mentees joined with 11 mentors who help by sharing experience, guidance and ideas. He’s looking for eight to 10 more companies as mentors and mentees for this year.
IF YOU GO
What: Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring (JEM) Exposed
When: March 31, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Bridgewater Place, Grand Rapids
Call: 616-732-1774 to register to attend
Open to any business leader interested in being a mentor or mentee in the program. Applications are due by May 2
Visit: www.jandernoamentoring.org for more information and application
“Generally, entrepreneurs are individuals who are thinking outside the box — they’re doing things differently, creating things differently. Our goal is to help them expand their business models and create more jobs. Any energy and effort we can put toward that is going to be a win for the company, the employees and also the community,” said Jandernoa.
Since becoming a JEM mentee a year ago, Visbeen has opened a Chicago office to have more of a visual presence in a growing market, is working to better communicate his business to the general population, and has continued his excellence as an award-winning professional architectural firm. He’s looking to the future and making three and five-year plans. He’s just announced opening a new division of Visbeen Associates called Visbeen Homes.
Visbeen admits none of that may have happened so quickly without help and guidance from JEM.
Jandernoa said he feels the first year has been successful in helping entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.
“I hope these business leaders are being put in a position where they can step back and take a look at what’s going on in their company and see the potential of their company. We’re just here to help lead and give input from our experiences,” said Jandernoa.
The JEM program is a three-year commitment by the mentees and mentors who meet twice monthly in the first year and monthly in following years. Mentees must also participate in at least 75 percent of the programs sponsored by JEM and have a strong desire to grow their business in West Michigan.
The second class of mentees can apply by May 2. For an application and more information about requirements, visit the JEM website at www.jandernoamentoring.org.
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