Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring is accepting applications

Mike Jandernoa GRAND RAPIDS — Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring is accepting applications until May 1 for its inaugural class of 10 company presidents or CEOs who want to benefit from the advice of veteran business leaders.

The program, founded by Mike Jandernoa, former president of Perrigo Co., also is recruiting additional business leaders to serve as mentors.

“It often is difficult for entrepreneurs to transition from focusing on the day-to-day operations to more strategic, big-picture initiatives,” Jandernoa said in a statement. “We believe that veteran business leaders who have faced many of these hurdles can help today’s business leaders with issues that are unique to leaders.”

The program requires a three-year commitment and an annual fee of $3,500. Seven veteran business leaders already are signed up to act as mentors in the program, including Jandernoa, Meijer Inc. Vice Chairman Paul Boyer, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jeanne Englehart and David Huhn, former president of NBD Commerce Bank.

Jandernoa’s program is modeled after the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, or HEMP, based in Kansas City, Mo. It will feature one-to-one relationships between veteran business leaders and current entrepreneurs. When fully running, the program hopes to have about 36 mentor-mentee relationships.