A thriving small business environment is the essence of a community’s character. Lighthouse Mentor Network unites entrepreneurs to form alliances and leverage collective knowledge, thereby fulfilling their dreams of building successful businesses. Since 2011, we have shown how the power of mentoring benefits that greater community. I’ve been asked to share this message at Rotary Clubs, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Capilano University – to name a few. This creates opportunity to impact community through volunteerism for Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and Community Foundation of Whistler, both carrying commitment to mentorship. I brought Lighthouse’s mentor model to a network of Whistler’s non-profits and partnered with Squamish Savings/Vancity to offer Community Beacon Awards to 2 leaders of a non-profit organization and the indigenous community to be a part of this season’s mentor program at no cost.