Under SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program, protégés can gain the following benefits:

  • Technical and management assistance: The mentor’s expertise, resources, and capabilities are made available to the protégé.
  • Prime contracting: Mentors can enter into joint-venture arrangements with protégés to compete for government contracts.
  • Financial assistance in the form of equity or loans: Mentors can own equity interest of up to 40% in a protégé firm to help it raise capital.
  • Qualification for other SBA programs: A protégé can obtain other forms of SBA assistance as the result of its good standing in the Mentor-Protégé program.


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