At Venture Mentoring, the best advice is free

GUIDING STARTUPS: Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island provides free mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the Ocean State. From left, Dan Horne, mentor; Paul Olean, executive director; and Jarrid Hall, foreground, of GAB-on, a parent-engagement tool for students.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GUIDING STARTUPS: Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island provides free mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the Ocean State. From left, Dan Horne, mentor; Paul Olean, executive director; and Jarrid Hall, foreground, of GAB-on, a parent-engagement tool for students.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Paul Olean retired and returned to his home state of Rhode Island, he was dismayed by the then-high unemployment rate. He wanted to do something to improve the economy. Drawing upon his experiences with startups in the Boston area and as a volunteer mentor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Monitoring Service, Olean…

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