New York State Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Mentor-Protégé Program

New York State MWBE Mentor-Protégé Program

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The New York State MWBE Mentor-Protégé Program aims to build the capacity of MWBE protégés to participate as subcontractors and suppliers on state contracts. 

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Overview

Overview

Participating prime contractors provide their MWBE protégés with technical training and opportunities for on-the-job learning. The Mentor-Protégés program is administered by the DMWBD, which approves and monitors mentor-protégé relationships.

What are the benefits of participating as a Mentor?
Prime contractors who participate in the Mentor-Protégé Program may be eligible to receive preferences when responding to requests for proposals issued by state agencies, credit towards achieving MWBE participation goals on state contracts, and public recognition for their corporate citizenship. 

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Eligibility

Eligibility

Who may participate as a Mentor?
Any prime contractor that provides professional services to the State of New York is eligible to participate as a mentor to MWBEs in the Mentor-Protégé Program.

Who may participate as a Protégé?
Protégés must be certified, or eligible to be certified, by the Division as Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises. Firms may seek certification with the Division in conjunction with seeking to participate in the Mentor-Protégé Program. Protégés must also employ at least one person who provides services to clients of the Protégé other than the Mentor, do business from a primary place of business that is not located in a residential structure, and not previously have been utilized as a subcontractor or supplier by their Mentor on a state contract.

How to Apply

To propose a Mentor-Protégé Agreement for approval by the DMWBD, please contact mwbebusinessdev@esd.ny.gov.

Please include summary information regarding your firm and its capabilities. The Division will contact you to evaluate your eligibility to participate in the Mentor-Protégé Program, and to facilitate connections between Mentors and Protégés where appropriate.

After Mentors identify their Protégés, they must work with their Protégés to develop mentorship curricula which describe the term of the mentorship, the training that the Mentors anticipate providing to their Protégés, and the individuals who will be responsible for providing mentorship training. The Division will assist Mentors and Protégés to develop their mentorship agreements. Mentorship may commence upon approval by the Division of a final mentorship agreement.