Teaching others often gives you the satisfaction of seeing them succeed. You might also learn a thing or two yourself along the way. That’s the general premise behind GSA’s Mentor Protégé Program, which makes experienced GSA contractors and small businesses available to share their knowledge, skills, and know-how with small business owners. The program’s main goal is to expand small business participation in government contracting.
GSA recently recognized two of these successful partners during their annual Mentor Protégé Awards Ceremony on May 13 in Washington, D.C.
“The Mentor Protégé Program is more than just dollars and contracts, but creating long term solutions that ultimately provide jobs in our economy,” said Jerome Fletcher, GSA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Utilization.
“These results are what the program strives for when seasoned GSA contractors partners with small businesses to work with our agency,” Fletcher added.
GSA recognized Science Applications International Corporation, SAIC and Knight Point Systems with the 2014 GSA Mentor of the Year Award. They were recognized for demonstrating the most exceptional growth, business development, and overall performance.
“This year’s award winning mentors, SAIC and Knight Point, did more than just help a small business obtain a government contract,” said Fletcher.
“The mentors personified leadership, ensuring the proteges had the necessary infrastructure to successfully compete, accommodate growth, increase employee morale and successfully provide solutions to the government’s needs.”
The Proteges of the year awards went to Penobscot Bay Media, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned small business and Defense Point Security, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. SAIC was Penobscot Bay’s Mentor and Knight Point Systems was Defense Point Security’s Mentor.
“The award winning Protégés, Penobscot Bay Media and Defense Point, worked hard to implement each mentor’s guidance resulting in the ability to stand on their own and successfully compete for federal agency contracts on their own,” Fletcher added.
About the Mentor-Protégé program
The Mentor-Protégé Program is defined in GSA’s Acquisition Regulation subpart 519.70. The Program encourages and motivates GSA prime contractors to assist small businesses concerns in all small business categories, enhancing their capability of performing successfully on future GSA contracts and subcontracts.
“The program is a win-win for both mentor and protégé and a great way for small businesses to not only enter the federal marketplace, but to establish the necessary infrastructure to eventually compete as prime contractors and grow a stable business,” said Deborah Eble, GSA’s Mentor Protégé Program Manager.
In addition, large businesses benefit in meeting their subcontracting goals, such as Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and HUBZone small businesses. Some of the protégé graduates go on to mentor other small businesses so as not to make the same mistake.
“When done correctly, both benefit from the relationship built on trust in providing total government solutions,” Eble added.