MaryAnn Croce owns an auto shop in Norwalk and has operated the business since 1999. While the business is successful, she said she wished she had experienced just how much work goes into running a business before she owned one.

“The one lesson that I wish I knew beforehand was that you’re going to have challenges. You’re not going to have it all figured out, no matter what stage of business you’re in. The only constant is change,” Croce said.

Croce didn’t have anyone to show her the ropes but she’s now one of a number of business owners who have agreed to mentor a new generation of business students at Sacred Heart University. The college recently unveiled its new Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program, where students are paired one on one with business owners who will help them start their own businesses.

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