About the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program
The Department of State has retired its Mentor-Protege Program (MPP) in favor of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) All Small Mentor-Protege Program.
All Small Mentor-Protege 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.