Stephen F. Austin Mentor-Protege Program
The goal of Stephen F. Austin State University's HUB Mentor-Protégé Program is to build effective working relationships between leaders of mature established companies and emerging minority and women owned companies in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established firm.
The purpose of the Mentor-Protégé program is to identify and overcome barriers that typically inhibit or restrict the success of minority and women owned businesses by encouraging relationships with other businesses, thereby increasing the ability of HUBs to contract with state agencies or receive subcontracts under state agency contracts.
Participation in the Mentor-Protégé Program is entirely voluntary on both the part of the Mentor and Protégé and is neither a guarantee for contract opportunity nor a promise of business.
If you are interested in participating as either a Mentor or Protégé, contact the SFA Director of Procurement & Property Servies or the Vendor Relations Manager for more information.
A Mentor firm is a larger, well established and successful company who is willing to unselfishly commit time and resources to teach, develop, and grow a small business that is ready to take the next step toward growth and success. Consideration of eligibility will include, but not be limited to, completion of an application and:
- Registration with the State of Texas Centralized Master Bidders List;
- Whether the Mentor is in "good standing" with the State of Texas and is not in violation of any state statutes, rules or governing policies;
- Previous mentoring experience and prior work history;
- Ability to provide developmental guidance in areas identified by the Protégé.
A Protégé firm is a smaller company with a vision and qualifications for growth, but who needs the environment in which to learn more about their industry and/or successful ways to promote growth from within. Consideration of eligibility will include, but not be limited to, completion of an application and:
- Whether the Protégé is eligible and willing to become certified as a HUB; or is a currently certified HUB business (Protégé must be certified as a HUB prior to TPASS accepting the Mentor-Protégé Agreement as an agency approved agreement);
- Business in operation for at least one year;
- Ability to identify the type of guidance that is needed for business development;
- Whether the Protégé is in "good standing" with the State of Texas and is not in violation of any state statutes, rules or governing policies;
- Desire to participate with a mentoring firm.