Welcome to the Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC)!

If you had the opportunity to learn proven best practices from one of America's top corporations, would you take it?

The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC) is a business development program administered by the Georgia Education Foundation (GEF) in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Institute of Technology. MPC provides opportunities for Georgia small businesses to benefit from a partnership with a corporate mentor for a period of one year. Emerging firms can build relationships, explore new technologies, learn about best practices, and benefit from the wisdom of corporate executives who are committed to the long-term health and overall growth of small businesses in Georgia. The goal of the program is to help small businesses to be successful over the long haul by helping them to develop capacity, enhance their skill sets, and become more competitive. Research has shown that access to the right kind of coaching and mentoring significantly increases the success rate in small business, while both the mentor and the protégé benefit tremendously from their interaction.

The mentor corporations are companies that are headquartered in Georgia or have a significant presence in the state. These mentor firms are leaders in their respective industries and are committed to small business development and supplier diversity. They represent a broad spectrum of industry categories, including transportation, education, logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications, consulting services and information technology. These firms are also exemplary corporate citizens, playing a major role in community development, charitable projects and philanthropy. For the small firm looking to go to the next level, these kinds of relationships are priceless.

Small business candidates must submit an application to be considered for the program and are screened according to a set of admissions criteria. If selected, a protégé firm is paired with a large corporate mentor to focus on such areas as:

  1. New markets and global expansion
  2. New products, services, and lines of business
  3. Professional development and training
  4. Relationship building, governmental affairs, and networking
  5. Operations and systems, including HR, IT, telecommunications, security, and logistics
  6. Financial best practices, such as accounting, billing, and investor relations
  7. Industry trends and strategic planning

The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC) is a business development program administered by the Georgia Education Foundation (GEF) in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Administrative support is provided by many of Georgia’s leading corporations.