The Pilot Mentor-Protege Program: a viable program for Government procurement?
Rodriguez, Raymond J.
Lamm, David V.
Hocevar, Susan P.
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The Pilot Mentor-Protege Program was implemented October 1, 1991. It is a voluntary program that provides incentives for major defense contractors to provide developmental assistance to Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs). The developmental assistance provided should enhance the capabilites of SDBs to perform as subcontractors and suppliers under Government and commercial contracts and increase Small Disadvantage Business participation in Department of Defense subcontracting. This study was undertaken to assess the current perceptions of industry regarding the program and to determine if the program has a viable future in Government procurement. The results of the study indicate an overall positive impression of the program exists in industry, especially among current participants. There are active mentor-protege relationships in which the assistance being provided is improving the capabilities of the protege. There are, however, some undesirable aspects and barriers that limit participation and effectiveness.
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