Small Business Center Mentor Protégé Program

The Small Business Center has launched a Mentor/Protégé program designed to motivate and encourage large business prime contractor firms to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and women-owned small business concerns. With participating Mentor-Protégé Companies, the program is also designed to: Improve the performance of contracts and subcontracts. Foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between large prime contractors and small business subcontractors. Strengthen subcontracting opportunities and accomplishments


Protégé Participant Eligibility

Eligibility to become a Protégé is:
• Current City of Dallas Vendor and/or other participating public entities
• Is not debarred or suspended from doing business with the City of Dallas or
other participating public entities
• A DMWBE certified vendor (certification is recognized by NCTRCA,
DFWMSDC, WBC Southwest, etc.)
• Ability to identify the type of guidance needed for business development.

Mentor Participant Eligibility

Eligibility to become a Mentor is:
• Has at least 4 years of business operations experience.
• Is willing to advise and support the Protégé.
• Possess financial stability within own business operations.
• Is not debarred or suspended from doing business with the City of Dallas or any other
public entities.
• Ability to provide developmental guidance in areas identified by the business assessment.

Deadline: April 29, 2022