The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program
The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program was established in 2011 to pair emerging minority- and woman-owned companies (protégés) with established, knowledgeable, and committed companies (mentors) that can provide exposure, appropriate training, resources and experience not readily available to the protégé companies.
The Packers and AFF Research, LLC, administrators of the Mentor-Protégé Program, are committed to the continuing success of the program and to the community of businesses that benefit from it.
Any firm, large or small, can be a mentor. The firm must be in good standing and demonstrate a commitment and capability to assist in the development of a protégé small business.
The program is currently seeking more protégés.
Interested companies should visit http://affresearch.com/pdfs/ProtegeRequirements.pdf for a list of requirements. A protégé company is a minority- or woman-owned Northeast Wisconsin business in good standing and certified as an M/DBE or W/DBE by an approved governmental or private agency. Among other criteria, a 12-month commitment is required, along with a willingness to provide exchanges and information to the appointed mentor, resulting in an established and mutually beneficial partnership.
Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2014
Tufco, Green Bay, and Custom Service Plastics, Lake Geneva; KI, Green Bay, and Cisco Distributing, Denmark; Genco, Green Bay, and POTEK ONE, Eagle; Score, Reedsville, and Rose Publications, Clintonville; Lindquist Machine, Green Bay, and Wieber Machine, Green Bay; Amerilux International, De Pere, and Machine Plus, Green Bay; and R.R. Donnelley, De Pere, and Donlon Enterprises, De Pere.
Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2013
Miron Construction, Neenah, and Current Electrical Services, Green Bay; RR Donnelley, De Pere, and Strength of the Hands, De Pere; Bay Towel, Green Bay, and Ascher’s Janitorial Services, Abrams; The Boldt Company, Appleton, and Bonnie Kratz Photography, Luxemburg; and Integrys Energy Services, De Pere, and JT Engineering, Green Bay.
Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2012
The Growth Coach, Green Bay, Wis. and Door County Interiors and Design, Egg Harbor, Wis.; Wiplfi, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and IProcureDirect, Green Bay, Wis.; Wiplfi, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and Bowman Performance Consulting, Shawano, Wis.; Score, Green Bay, Wis. and Key Elements Healing Arts Center, Green Bay, Wis.; and Strategic Management Associates, Green Bay, Wis. and Sabamba Alpaca Ranch, LLC, De Pere, Wis.
Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2011
Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison, Wis. and Heart at Work Unlimited, LLC, Suamico, Wis.; Schreiber Foods, Inc., Green Bay, Wis. and Kirchner Computer Consulting, Inc., Green Bay, Wis.; The Growth Coach, Green Bay, Wis. and About Body, LLC, Green Bay, Wis.; Tweet-Garot Mechanical, Inc., Green Bay, Wis. and Global Refractory Installers and Suppliers, Inc., Green Bay, Wis.; and Wipfli, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and Almost Nuts! LLC, Denmark, Wis.
Board of Directors and Consultants
The program is overseen by a board of directors that includes chairperson John Hartmann, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Visonex; vice chair Lorri Kieff, CEO of Bay Area Consultants; Quasan Shaw, entrepreneurship coordinator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Laurie Radke, president, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; and Phil Hauck, group facilitator, TEC.
Consultants to the program include Aaron Popkey, Green Bay Packers; Greg Kuehl, Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District; and Rhonda Borowicz, Green Bay Packers.
Program Co-Creator and Administrators
The program is administered by AFF Research LLC (AFFR) and its President/CEO Anna Steinfest.
AFFR assists their clients in designing and implementing comprehensive supplier diversity. They also provide guidance to entrepreneurs. AFFR has consulted in the field of supplier diversity for 10 years, and has worked on both the Lambeau Field redevelopment project and post-redevelopment projects.
For testimonials from past participants of the program, visit http://affresearch.com/index.htm
Questions and requests for mentor or protégé applications should be directed to AFFR by telephone at 920-884-5006 or by e-mail