The NewVentureMentor blog is designed as a resource for entrepreneurs. It includes tutorials to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses as well as my thoughts on relevant entrepreneurship news.

My focus is on first time entrepreneurs, especially those without a formal business background. My goal is to give those new to running a business the skills, resources, and vocabulary necessary to be able to start and run successful small businesses.

Please let me know if you’d like to see a tutorial on a specific topic that I haven’t discussed yet. I’m only hoping to help aspiring entrepreneurs, so your feedback is invaluable!

A little bit about me:

My name is Cate Costa and I am the founder of Venture Catalyst Consulting, a small consulting firm that specializes in helping startup company founders plan and expand their new businesses. I also work as  a Business Consultant with the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Center in Washington, DC helping the founders, CEOs, and executive management teams of minority-owned companies with contract procurement, financing assistance, business process improvement, marketing, and growth strategy development.

Prior to becoming a consultant I headed up the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Howard University School of Business and oversaw the operations of the school’s entrepreneur incubator, the Institute’s entrepreneurship education workshop series, special events that included a business pitch competition and the Google Digital Empowerment Event, the Institute’s one-on-one startup counseling sessions, and the Annual HBCU Faculty Conference on Entrepreneurship.

My other experience includes work at a small venture capital firm, at a startup internet advertising company, and as a sole-proprietor with a contract running one of the largest revenue departments on a cruise ship. I’ve had the opportunity to do business in over a dozen countries and to help numerous entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses across industries ranging from retail to artificial intelligence robotics and everything in between.

I am also a lifetime member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the National Society of Hispanic Professionals, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

I sincerely hope that sharing my experience will help entrepreneurs who are diligently working to start/grow their businesses.

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