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About the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. Rather than creating separate programs for each constituency – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Women Owned Small Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones - the SBA chose to create a single, all-inclusive mentor-protégé program modeled on the successful mentor-protégé program available to participants in its 8(a) program.

The purpose of the new program is to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance, and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts. Mentor-provided assistance can be sought for any, or all of the following activities:

  • Management and Technical Assistance
    Internal business management systems; accounting processes; marketing and business/strategic planning assistance; technology transfers; and manufacturing assistance.
     
  • Financial Assistance
    In the form of equity investments and/or loans; and bonding.
     
  • Contracting Assistance
    Contracting processes; capabilities; acquisitions; and performance.
     
  • Trade Education
    International Trade business and strategic planning; finding markets; and learning how to export.
     
  • Business Development Assistance
    Strategy; and identifying contracting and partnership opportunities.
     
  • General and/or Administrative Assistance
    Business processes and support; human resource sharing; security clearance support; and capacity building.

Is this program right for your business?

Potential Protégés are encouraged to seek business management assistance from their local SBA District Office, or from one of SBA’s many resource partners. Find your local district office, and the multiple resource partners available to you.

The SBA encourages you to talk to a business counselor (free and confidential counseling) to assess if this program, selling to the government, or exploring international trade opportunities is the next strategic step to grow your business.  You can also discuss how to identify a good “mentor” partner that can help take your business to the next level.