The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program

Mentor-Protégé Program

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program pairs emerging businesses (protégés) with established, knowledgeable and committed companies (mentors) to help provide exposure, resources and guidance in order to reach the next level of business growth.

The program, administered by the Packers and AFF Research, LLC, aims to create relationships between mentors and protégés that are mutually beneficial.

Mentor and protégé companies are expected to participate in program events and presentations, as well as meet monthly with their paired business during their time in the program. Through these activities, protégé companies can become empowered to pursue their business goals, and mentor companies can take an active role in enhancing the northeastern Wisconsin business community.

Prospective applicants

The program focuses on businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans or disabled persons. However, other regional small businesses are encouraged to apply. The program is currently seeking more mentors and protégés for its next session. For testimonials from past participants and to apply for the program, please visit

After applying, mentor and protégé applicants will be contacted by the program regarding next steps about pairing with another area business

Questions and requests for paper applications should be directed to AFF Research by telephone at 920-884-5006 or by e-mail.

  • Mentors:
    • Mentors must be established companies of good character, with a willingness to commit to the program. They must be able to provide valuable resources to meet the developmental needs of a protégé company. Qualified mentors will have a senior level officer willing to provide feedback and meet regularly with the assigned protégé, as well as attend quarterly meetings and other program events.

For more information about mentor requirements, click here.

  • Protégés:
    • Protégés must be emerging companies of good character that have been in business for at least two years. They must be willing to work with an appointed mentor to assess critical areas in need of assistance and have the time, resources and capability to participate in the program and attend program meetings and events.

For more information about protégé requirements, click here.

Past Participants

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program began in 2011 and has created meaningful partnerships between local businesses and has helped foster a supportive, growing business community in northeastern Wisconsin.

Past Protégés:

  • About Body LLC, Green Bay
  • Almost Nuts! LLC, Denmark
  • Ascher’s Janitorial Services, Abrams
  • Bonnie Kratz Photography, Luxemburg
  • Bowman Performance Consulting, Shawano
  • Cisco Distributing, Denmark
  • Current Electrical Services, Green Bay
  • Custom Service Plastics, Lake Geneva
  • Door County Interiors and Design, Egg Harbor
  • Donlon Enterprises, De Pere
  • Global Refractory Installers and Suppliers Inc., Green Bay
  • Heart at Work Unlimited LLC, Suamico
  •, Green Bay
  • JT Engineering, Green Bay
  • Key Elements for Health, Green Bay
  • Kirchner Computer Consulting Inc., Green Bay
  • Machine Plus, Green Bay
  • Rose Publications, Clintonville
  • Score, Reedsville
  • Strength of the Hands, De Pere
  • Sabamba Alpaca Ranch LLC, De Pere
  • Wieber Machine, Green Bay

Past mentors:

  • Amerilux International, De Pere
  • Bay Towel, Green Bay
  • Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison
  • The Boldt Company, Appleton
  • Integrys Energy Services, De Pere
  • KI, Green Bay
  • Lindquist Machine, Green Bay
  • Miron Construction, Neenah
  • Musial Marketing, Green Bay
  • MVP Consulting, Green Bay
  • RR Donnelley, De Pere
  • Schreiber Foods Inc., Green Bay
  • Score, Green Bay
  • Strategic Management Associates, Green Bay
  • Tufco, Green Bay
  • Tweet-Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay
  • Wipfli LLP, Green Bay

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Board of Directors and Consultants

  • Chairperson John Hartman, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Visonex
  • Laurie Radke, president, Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce; Phil Hauck, group facilitator, TEC; and Herb Miller, supplier diversity and business development, Michels Corporation; Mark Manske, business strategist and SWOT facilitator.
  • 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.


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