Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program Finalized

July 7, 2016

SBA Finalizes “Universal” Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, July 22, 2016

U.S. SBA WOSB Program

The SBA has finalized its “universal” mentor-protege program for all small businesses.

In a final rule scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016, the SBA provides the framework for what may be one of the most important small business programs of the last decade–one that will allow all small businesses to obtain developmental assistance from larger mentors, and form joint ventures with those mentors to pursue set-aside contracts.

First things first: while I’ve been using the term “universal” mentor-protege program for the last year and a half, the SBA apparently has had a change of heart when it comes to terminology.  The SBA now calls its new program the “small business mentor-protege program,” so that’s what I’ll call it, too, from now on.

The SBA’s final rule creates a new regulation, 13 C.F.R. 125.9, entitled “What are the rules governing SBA’s small business mentor-protege program?”  The new regulation sets forth the framework of the small business mentor-protege program. READ MORE….

 Does your business have questions about WOSB certification? Contact your nearest PTAC to learn more about the process.


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