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Mentor Protégé Programs. Nancy N. Alvarez-Hernandez Business Development Specialist U.S. Small Business Administration. What is the Mentor Protégé Program?.

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Mentor Protégé Programs

Nancy N. Alvarez-Hernandez

Business Development Specialist

U.S. Small Business Administration

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What is the Mentor Protégé Program?

A vehicle primarily designed to promote a business’ growth and development through a knowledgeable, skillful and experienced entrepreneur.

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Definitions

Mentor - A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

Protégé - a person who receives support and assistance from a participating mentor, teacher to further the protégé's business development goals.

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Why Is Mentoring Important?
  • Contributes to the U.S. economy
  • Assist entrepreneurs succeed
  • Give back to community
  • New ideas and technologies
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How Can Mentors Help?
  • Experience and lessons learned.
  • Goal attainment.
  • Support/guidance of procurement ventures.
  • Capital Injection.
  • Insight/direction on expert matters.
  • Expand networking contacts.
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Benefits of Mentoring
  • Goodwill and Corporate Responsibility
  • Credit and Direct Reimbursement
  • Long-term Relationship
  • Increase Vendor Database
  • Innovative Approaches/Technologies
  • Meet Subcontracting Goals
  • Earn Points in Technical Evaluation Criteria
  • Access to Set-Aside Federal Procurements
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Mentor’s Role & Responsibilities
  • Teacher
  • Guide
  • Counselor
  • Motivator
    • Encouragement
    • Support
    • Incentives
  • Sponsor
  • Coach
  • Advisor
    • Action Plan
      • Target Areas
      • Development Activities
      • Success Indicators
  • Role Model
  • Referral Agent/Door Opener
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Benefits to the Protégé
  • Exposure/Interaction with Mentor
  • Technology/Capability Transfer
  • Business Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Planning and Projections
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Outreach
  • Joint Venture
  • Access to Capital and Credit
  • Contract Assistance
  • Bid/Proposal Writing
  • Enhanced Competitiveness
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How Do I Participate?
  • Develop a Business Plan
  • Conduct a “Needs Assessment”
  • Identify/Research Prospective Mentors
  • Select Mentor
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Conduct a Good Fit Attribute Assessment
  • a. Growth Expectation
  • b. Goal Drive
  • c. Insightful
  • d. Methodical
  • e. Visionary
  • f. Supportive
  • g. Strategic
  • h. Respected/Admired
  • i. Patient
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How Do I Participate? (Cont.)
  • Start Proposal Phase

a. Develop Mentor/Protégé Agreement Considering:

      • Needs Assessment
      • Good Fit Attribute Assessment
      • Agency’s Mission

7. Sign Agreement/Submit to Agency

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Federal Mentor Protégé Programs

Department of Defense

http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/mentor_protege/participate/index.htm

Federal Aviation Administration

http://www.sbo.faa.gov/sbo/Content/OtherDocuments/MentorProtege.aspx

Department of Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/xopnbiz/smallbusiness/editorial_0716.shtm

Department of Veteran Affairs

http://www.va.gov/vetbiz/ExpandBusiness/mentor.htm

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov/oam/fy04mentor.pdf

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Federal Mentor Protégé Programs (Cont.)

Department of Agriculture

http://www.usda.gov/da/smallbus/mentor.htm

Department of Treasury

http://www.treas.gov/offices/management/dcfo/osdbu/mentor-protege/

U.S. Air Force

http://selltoairforce.org/Programs/MentorProtege/

U.S. Army

http://www.sellingtoarmy.com/User/ShowPage.aspx?PageID=408

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More Information

Main Webiste: www.sba.gov

SBA’s Mentor Protégé Program:

www.sba.gov/8abd

North Florida District Office Website:

www.sba.gov/fl/north

Tel: 904-443-1900

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