We’re excited to introduce another one of our wonderful small business mentors, Hannah Duke Kennedy, who lives in Fayetteville.
Hannah works full-time as a private banking advisor at Arvest Bank, where she manages client portfolios and provides “concierge service to these clients by offering integrated advice in all areas of financial management and helping to protect, nurture, and maximize their overall wealth.”
Her work experience gives Hannah expertise in private banking, financial planning, and lending; all topics that many Northwest Arkansas SCORE clients need to know at some point. Hannah has been a mentor for more than a year and says that she would love to expand her role at NWA SCORE.
“My favorite part of being a mentor is seeing passion-driven entrepreneurs reach their goals. The enthusiasm and pride that they put into their work inspires me and keeps me coming back for more,” she said. “I have even worked with one client whose business was only an idea when we first met, but his company is now fully operational and his first product line will be shipped out in September. I enjoy being able to connect entrepreneurs to the resources that they need to succeed.”
When asked what she would tell a prospective volunteer mentor about the NWA SCORE mentoring program, Hannah spoke of how rewarding and enlightening the experience has been.
“(The volunteer mentor) will learn something new from every client and will find a different role to fill in each client’s business,” Hannah said. “In my opinion, mentoring is most fulfilling when I can watch the client’s business grow, share in her successes, and know that I played a small part in helping to take her business to the next level.”
SCORE is the premier small business counseling and advice organization in the United States. We are a national nonprofit, charitable organization composed of more 13,000 volunteer business mentors, both working and retired, who counsel businesses from nearly 350 counseling offices throughout the country. NWA SCORE office serves all of Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding area.
Are you interested in becoming a SCORE mentor? Contact us today to learn more.