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Who will mentor the mentor? In this case, it’s Santander’s Cultivate Small Business program (AKA: CSB).

I’ll explain. . .

For three years, Julie Tuman has been more than the Popmaster of CSP. She’s also mentored the founders of brand new startups through the Entrepreneurship for All  program in Holyoke. EforAll is a business accelerator that helps people with limited business experience get their ventures off on solid footing. As one of their mentor team, Julie has advised three businesses, including fellow Easthampton, MA comrades LifeBooch Kombucha in her first year.

Now the time has come to enjoy a little bit of good karma: Crooked Stick Pops has been accepted into the competitive Cultivate Small Business program. Geared toward established businesses, CSB squeezes highlights of Babson College’s famed entrepreneurship curriculum into a fast-paced three month crash course. Created and sponsored by Santander Bank, the program is designed to “empower women, immigrant and minority entrepreneurs in food-related industries and to give them the building blocks to be successful business owners.”

This means that it’s time for the teacher to become the student, learning new skills to take her own business to the next level. Crooked Stick Pops has a couple of exciting announcements on the horizon, and this program will help those initiatives come to fruition. Look forward to exciting news this summer, and next time you see the Popmaster, give her an enthusiastic thumbs-up!

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