Written by: Jon M. DeVore
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot Shareholder Jon DeVore was recently interviewed by Set-Aside Alert regarding the United States Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) new Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program. A frequent speaker at national small business conventions and corporate trainings on the topic of the Federal procurement system, Mr. DeVore has also shared his expertise in assisting clients navigating the requirements of the long-established Minority Business Development 8(a) Program Mentor-Protégé Program.
Congress more recently directed the SBA to create the new mentor-protégé program specifically for small businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran Small Businesses. The new regulations for the all-small program went into effect late last year and the SBA has approved over 150 all-small mentor-protégé agreements, where the small business may team with large business as mentors providing a basis for them to compete for larger Federal contracts and quickly acquire past performance experience. This new program significantly broadens the competition for the SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program and provides Federal agencies more alternatives for procurements.