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Mentor-Protégé Program

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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 www.affresearch.com/mentor-protege/.

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 email.

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.

PROTEGES:

  • 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.

MENTOR REQUIREMENTS

Any firm, large or small, can be a mentor. The firm must be in good standing (i.e., not on the federal list of debarred or suspended contractors) and demonstrate a commitment and capability to assist in the development of a small business.

Qualified mentors must:

  • Possess good character.
  • Be an established company.
  • Be willing, open and committed to establishing a business partnership with a protégé wherein both parties provide valuable resources and can gain from the partnership.
  • Have a senior level officer that is willing to sign a 12-month agreement. S/he must designate the person within the organization who will mentor the protégé. If more than one person is mentoring a protégé, this needs to be stated upfront.
  • Understand that if the assigned mentor leaves the business, the senior level officer will appoint a new mentor from within the business.
  • Have the resources to commit to the developmental needs of the protégé, as determined by a diagnostic evaluation of the assigned protégé.
  • Understand that equal access for businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and disabled persons, as well as other small businesses, makes good sense and that partnerships with emerging businesses will enable growth for larger organizations.
  • Demonstrate ability to provide valuable support to the protégé through practical experience.
  • Agree upon expectations of both the mentor and the protégé before the formal acceptance of the relationship.
  • Provide feedback at the completion of the program.
  • Commit to meeting regularly with the assigned protégé, as well as attending quarterly meetings and other program events.
  • Assist protégé to complete quarterly progress reports by the assigned deadline.

APPLY HERE

PROTÉGÉ REQUIREMENTS

The program is open to all businesses that meet these criteria, with a focus on businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans or disabled persons Businesses. However, other regional small businesses are encouraged to apply.

Targeted firms who aren’t currently certified but would benefit from certification will be helped through the certification process.

Qualified protégés must:

  • Possess good character.
  • Have an owner willing to sign a 12-month agreement.
  • Be willing to complete a diagnostic evaluation of the company with the mentor in order to assess the most critical areas in need of assistance, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Have a positive attitude and be receptive to information exchange with the assigned mentor.
  • Be willing to exchange information with the appointed mentor, resulting in an established and mutually beneficial partnership. The protégé must be willing to release information to the mentor after the official acceptance.
  • Have the time, resources and capability to participate in the program.
  • Be in business at least two (2) years.
  • Have a clearly formulated vision for growth.
  • Provide feedback at the completion of the program.
  • Commit to meeting regularly with the assigned mentor, as well as attending quarterly meetings and other program events.
  • Complete quarterly progress reports by the assigned deadline.

APPLY 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 PROTEGES:

  • 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
  • iProcureDirect.com, 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

CONTACT US

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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