Mentor Requirements

The mentor can be a business that has graduated from the 8(a) BD program, a firm in the transitional stage of the program, or a small or large business. A mentor must have the capability to assist the protégé and must make a commitment for at least a year. In addition, it must demonstrate the following:

  • that it enjoys favorable financial health, including profitability for at least the last two years
  • that it is a federal contractor in good standing
  • that it can provide valuable support to a protégé through lessons learned and practical experience gained from the 8(a) BD program, or through its general knowledge of government contracting.

Generally, a mentor will not have more than one protégé at a time without SBA authorization.


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