When you started your business, you likely felt uncertain. 30% of new businesses may not survive past the first 24 months, and 50% of those may not make it past five years. However, 70 percent of mentored businesses survive longer than 5 years. Our advice? Fake It ‘Til You Make It with help from a business mentor. A mentor gives you an edge on the competition, allowing you to take advantage of their experience, networking connections, and maybe get a little peace of mind. Join the WV Women’s Business Center and U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office for the top 5 ways to “fake it” until you feel confident.