Congress has authorized the SBA to create a mentor-protege program for all small businesses, not just socioeconomically disadvantaged companies.
This major change was included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Obama on January 3. The 2013 NDAA also addresses the recent proliferation of agency mentor-protege programs (and, by extension, the SBA’s refusal to acknowledge an exception from affiliation for participants in most other agencies’ mentor-protege programs) by requiring most procuring agencies to obtain SBA approval for their mentor-protege programs.
I am pleased to announce that I will be joining the Mid-America Government Industry Coalition for a roundtable on federal mentor-protege programs on March 26-27, 2013 in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Each program attendee will receive an autographed copy of my book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts. (If you already have a copy, here’s your chance to pick up gift for that special government contractor in your life). The program will offer lots of important information on federal mentor-protege programs and invaluable networking opportunities–you don’t want to miss it.
If you are a government contractor in the Midwest, you owe it to yourself to attend a MAGIC event and see what this great organization can do for you. For more information on the March 2013 mentor-protege event, click over to the event’s page on the MAGIC website.
See you in Oklahoma!