Searching for a business mentor to help guide your small company is often a daunting task. Of course, one of the most well-known resources to start with is the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), which offers free mentoring services,  whether you prefer an online or face-to-face connection. But many entrepreneurs say that identifying the perfect fit is not as simple as it seems.

For a decidedly different approach to finding the right match, consider these three successful, yet oft-overlooked, strategies.

3. Pick up the phone. In a hi-tech world where everyone is inundated with e-mail, a simple phone call can be surprisingly effective when reaching out for guidance. 

Take entrepreneur Joel Bomgar, for example. In 2006, Bomgar was wrestling with branding issues at his company, which develops software for IT help desks.  Read More.