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Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP)

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MPP helps small businesses (protégés) partner with more experienced businesses (mentors) to gain capacity and win government contracts.
For more information, visit SBA Mentor-Protégé Program.

MPP User Guide

Protégés can gain business development help from their mentors in areas such as:

  • Internal business management systems, accounting, marketing, manufacturing, and strategic planning
  • Business development
  • Financial assistance (i.e., equity investments, loans, and bonding)
  • Procurement assistance
  • General and administrative assistance
  • Strategic planning, marketing, and international trade

To qualify as a protégé, your business must:

To qualify as a mentor, your business must:

  • Be for-profit or a small agricultural cooperative
  • Be able to carry out its responsibilities to assist the protégé
  • Possess good character
  • Not appear on the federal list of suspended or debarred contractors
  • Be willing and able to impart business knowledge and guidance to the protege

Before you apply:

  • Make sure both businesses are registered at
  • Decide whether you are applying for an Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) using your primary or secondary NAICS Code
  • Both businesses must complete SBA's online tutorial (Save your completion certificates)
  • Execute a Mentor-Protégé Agreement

Prepare the follow documents:

  • Completed Mentor-Protégé Agreement signed by both the protégé and mentor
  • Protege's MPP training module certificate of completion
  • Mentor's MPP training module certificate of completion
  • Copies of active SBA and other-agency Mentor-Protege Agreements (if applicable)
  • Copy of any SBA size redetermination letter (if applicable)
  • Proof of experience when applying using a secondary NAICS Code. Examples of proof include copies of contracts and paid invoices.
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