Dr. Prenitzer was introduced to the American Academy of Entrepreneurs, a mentorship program for second-stage CEOs, part of GrowFL’s work to support manufacturers through the FloridaMakes Network, part of the MEP National Network™. During this six-month program, mentors and mentees met monthly to review current or upcoming business challenges and goals. Dr. Prenitzer was paired with Dr. Nancy Crews, a successful woman in STEM and female entrepreneur in manufacturing. Dr. Crews both listened and shared her own insightful experience about how she expanded her company and transitioned from her role as a technical expert to one of CEO leadership all while maintaining life balance. Dr Prenitzer found the interaction inspiring and informative, with takeaways ranging from networking and resources to guidance on best practices for corporate culture, cash management, facilities, goal setting, accountability, information management, government contracting, etc.