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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.
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.
A business must submit an application that meet the following requirements:
A business interested in being a protégé should submit an application and meet the following requirements:
Each participant is asked to be active in the program for two years.
The Mentor Protégé Committee will conduct the application review process within 14 business days from receiving an application.
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.
Yes, following notification of application approval and engagement of the mentor protégé relationship, the Mentor and Protégé must enter into the Mentor Protégé Team Agreement and Business Plan
(Agreement) to formalize the relationship and agree to form a team for the duration of the Protégé’s participation in the Program. The Agreement template is available on the Office of Central Services
Business Highway website @ pgcbusinesshighway.com.
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. To apply for certification, visit mypgc.diversitycompliance.com.
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.
County solicitation having a potential Mentor Protégé Program requirement are posted online at The Business Highway on the Mentor Protégé tab under "Opportunities" at pgcbusinesshighway.com.