EforAll Merrimack Valley and EforAll Colorado are fortunate to have Brad Haigis as a mentor, interviewer, and application reader since 2018. With a business and product strategy background, Brad decided to dedicate his free time after retiring to helping entrepreneurs succeed. 

What made you want to become a mentor?

I wanted to give back and stay involved in business. I saw Gail Goodman, whom I respect, had joined EforAll, and I thought it sounded like a great opportunity. I called them up, learned more, and immediately got involved. It was a perfect way to volunteer and stay connected to the business world while helping others.

Can you give us some examples of the kinds of startups you have mentored with us?

I’ve mentored a variety of businesses, including a food truck based in Worcester, a gluten-free baker, several wellness startups, a high-end gifting company, and even someone who wanted to publish a magazine. Each one has been unique and rewarding in its own way.

Is there a specific mentoring experience that you are most proud of?

One of the most memorable experiences was with a wellness startup. The founder was very energetic and passionate about serving her community, but we helped her focus on a more profitable market while still being able to serve her community. This approach allowed her to reach significant milestones, including hitting six figures in revenue.

What is your favorite part of being an EforAll mentor?

My favorite part is the energy and enthusiasm of being involved in small businesses. Additionally, it’s meaningful for me to connect with underserved communities and help those who may not have had the same opportunities. I often feel like I get more out of the experience than I put into it.

What do you think makes EforAll special?

EforAll is special because it provides resources and support to people who might not have had access to them otherwise. It brings together a team of experts to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses. This supportive environment is unique and very rewarding to be a part of.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs?

Take advantage of every opportunity you can. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Utilize the resources available to you, whether it’s specialists, your cohort, or your mentors. Don’t be shy—put yourself out there, challenge yourself, and take advantage of all the support and guidance you can get.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Learn more here.