The Mentor Protégé Committee will review applications seeking to participate in the Mentor Protégé Program. After the review, approved Mentors and approved Protégés will be notified and the firm’s information with NAICS Code(s) will be listed on the Business Highway website to encourage development of a Mentor Protégé relationship. The Mentor or the Protégé will communicate their interest in forming the Mentor Protégé relationship that will benefit both firms. Vendors (mentors and protégés) may also form a relationship then submit their applications to the County for approval and enrollment in the program.
While there is no training available for this program, the program serves as a training opportunity for both the Mentor and Protégé. The Program’s objective is to improve the Protégé’s ability over time to successfully compete for contracting opportunities at the prime level.
Yes. The agreement between the Mentor and Protégé may be terminated before the expiration of the two-year agreement. However, if the Mentor is awarded a contract under the Mentor-Protégé Program, the Protégé must complete the subcontracting obligation under the contract. The Mentor Protégé Program Procedures provide additional information regarding the program and may be found on the OCS Business Highway website.
A business interested in being a protégé should submit an application and meet the following requirements:
Be a Certified County-based small business or a Certified County-based Minority Business Enterprise
Designate a senior-level officer as a company representative committed to a 24-month agreement with a Mentor
Be willing to enter into a Team Agreement and Business Plan with Mentor in order to assess the most critical areas to concentrate on for success and to identify enhancement opportunities for growth and development
Have a positive attitude and be receptive to information exchange with the assigned Mentor
At this time, the program’s efforts are focused on the businesses that are certified with the Prince George’s County Office of Central Services Supplier Development and Diversity Division. Apply for certification
The Protégé will receive technical assistance, management assistance, financial assistance, business development and trade education. The Mentor can leverage the program to enter into Joint Ventures with the Protégé and pursue minority/small business set-asides.
The Prince George’s County Mentor-Protégé Program is a local business development program aimed to enhance the capabilities of County-based small and County-based minority businesses (“protégé firms”) through formal agreements with large businesses (“mentor firms”) for the purpose of improving the protégé’s ability over time to successfully compete for contracting opportunities at the prime level.