Finding a mentor can be as easy as walking down Main Street. In today's Boston Globe, writer Don Aucoin profiles two women entrepreneurs (free registration required), who, before they struck out on their own, had only to walk around their Roslindale Square neighborhood to find other women who made the leap. From boutiques to house and garden shops, the new entrepreneurs found numerous women business owners to tap for advice.

Not only did they get advice on financing, pricing, and purchasing, they also established relationships with other businesses in their communities that helped market their new business. Obviously, business networking is nothing new, but the story is a nice reminder to entrepreneurs just starting out that finding advice and help can be as simple as knocking on a neighbor's door.