SBA Proposes Combining Mentor-Protégé Programs to Eliminate Confusion

November 18, 2019

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed that the 8(a) Business (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Programs be combined. The SBA hopes that by merging the two programs they can cut down on confusion and remove the duplication of functions for the SBA. Both programs work with small businesses to mentor them by providing business development and assistance, and to enhance their ability to compete for government and commercial contracts.

Currently, the 8(a) BD Program works to benefit small disadvantaged businesses, while the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program works with a variety of businesses including the 8(a) Program participates, as well as Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disable veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB/SDVOSBs), and women-owned and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (WOSBs/EDWOSBs). The benefits of each program are identical, making the need for separate programs unnecessary.

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