Mentor – Protégé Program Eligibility

Mentor should:

  • Have been in business for a minimum of seven (7) years in order to participate as a mentor in the program.
  • Be willing to commit to participating in the program for a twelve month period, as agreed upon between the mentor, the Protégé and the Small Business Enterprise Construction Contracting Management Team.
  • Maintain business in good standing and be compliant with laws and regulations.
  • Hold appropriate business/professional license(s) to conduct your specific business in your City, County and State.
  • Be financially stable.
  • Be willing to assist Protégé by providing technical support and sound advice.
  • Be willing to attend monthly meetings, with mentors, Protégés, Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations and representatives from Facilities Planning and Physical Plant Division. Additional personnel may be included as deemed appropriate and beneficial. The intended purpose of these sessions would be to provide updates on the progress of the program, specify any needs for further enhancements to the program, identify project opportunities, outline any specific needs of the mentors and Protégé’s, provide opportunities for networking with mentors and Protégés, etc.
  • Be willing to have a senior level officer of the company sign the Letter of Commitment.

Protégé should:

  • Be a small business, that provides services, preferably, utilized by the University of Florida or any of the university connected entities, (i.e. University of Florida Athletic Association, and University of Florida Foundation).
  • Be registered or certified as a small, minority-owned, small disadvantaged, or womanowned business with one of the following entities: the University of Florida, the State of Florida, State of Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity, National/Florida Minority Supplier Development Council or any of its’ affiliates, Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC). The University of Florida reserves the right to modify this list, at any time, to add additional agencies as determined to be in the best interest of the University of Florida.
  • Be willing to commit to participating in the mentoring program for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, as agreed upon between the mentor, the Protégé and the Small Business Enterprise Construction Contracting Program Management Team.
  • Be a small business in good standing and have been in business for at least one (1) year.
  • Maintain business in good standing and be compliant with laws and regulations.
  • Hold appropriate license(s) to conduct your specific business in your City, County and State.
  • Be willing to attend monthly meetings, with mentors, Protégés, and Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations and representatives from Facilities Planning and Physical Plant Division. Additional personnel may be included as deemed appropriate and beneficial. The intended purpose of these sessions would be to provide updates on the progress of the program, specify any needs for further enhancements to the program, identify project opportunities, outline any specific needs of the mentors and Protégé’s, provide opportunities for networking with mentors and Protégés, etc.
  • Be open and receptive to receiving advice from the mentor.