The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program on Wednesday recognized the success of the program's eighth session with a celebration event at the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy congratulated participants at the event, which marked the program's eighth year of pairing established mentor companies with growing protégé companies in the community, with several more protégé organizations joining the ranks of the program alumni.
This year, Tina and Jim Schuelke of Change Management Communication Center were honored as "Most Valuable Protégé," and Monica Hughley, a business consultant, was recognized as "Most Valuable Mentor."
In the eight years of the program, more than 200 full and part-time jobs have been created across the 52 protégé companies. Additionally, the protégé companies have reached a combined $51 million in annual revenue, and they have acquired more than 3,700 clients.
The program matches established mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to protégés seeking to improve their competitive standing. Those partnerships aim to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding area.
Established in part to match up minority-owned, veteran-owned, or woman-owned businesses with experienced mentor companies, the program has continued to reach such businesses, with minority-owned, woman-owned or veteran-owned businesses accounting for 83 percent of the participating protégé businesses.
Wednesday's event also celebrated the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program's "alumni group," an ongoing gathering of past participants who come together to share tools and experiences and build business relationships.
The partnerships receiving recognition for the eighth session are:
- Bay Towel and Virtual Vision Computing, LLC mentored Nasera Safaris, based in Tanzania.
- BE'S Coffee & Vending Services mentored Fox Valley Synthetics, based in Appleton, Wis.
- Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin Inc. mentored All About Spirit, based in Freedom, Wis.
- Sandler Training Green Bay mentored Prosperity Bookkeeping, LLC, based in Green Bay.
- Business consultant Monica Hughley mentored Janet Perret & Lynn Kamps, Concierge By Bring It, based in Green Bay.
- Imagināsium mentored TPS Consulting Engineers, based in Green Bay.
- Joshua Lawrence Agency mentored James May Gallery, based in Algoma, Wis.
- Metals Engineering, Inc. mentored Happy Quackers Farm, based in Shiocton, Wis.
- Séura mentored Black Sheep Culinary Arts, based in Collins, Wis.
- Stevens Point Brewery mentored Salon Envy LLC, based in Stevens Point, Wis.
- Strategic Management Associates mentored Change Management Communication Center, based in Oshkosh, Wis.
- Streu's Pharmacy Bay Natural mentored Pathways to a Better Life, LLC, based in Kiel, Wis.
- Top Hat Marketing Inc. mentored Another Way Entertainment Busing & Tours, based in Green Bay.
- Paul Tutskey mentored Century Sun Oil, based in Pulaski, Wis.
The Packers Mentor-Protégé Program is now in its ninth session, but those who are interested in the program and may apply in the future are encouraged to learn more about the program at packers.com/community/mentor-protege.