Every entrepreneur needs a mentor. In 1980, when I opened my first business, I knew who I wanted for mine. 1980 was not an auspicious time for the economy, nor was it common for women to be entrepreneurs.And I literally didn't know what I was doing. I only knew I was finished being a college professor; I was bored to death and itching to do something new, and something helpful. I wanted to build businesses and help other people build businesses.