City of San Antonio Economic Development

The Culture of Business

Mentor Protégé Program

The Mentor Protégé Program is a great way for your small start-up to grow into a strong business. If you’re already on the right track, being a Mentor means giving back to the community, while building on your own business practices as you help your Protégé.

All qualifying businesses are equipped to build capacity through guidance and advice in areas such as administration, organizational and operations management.
Protégés learn successful business practices from their Mentors.
Mentors show a commitment to social responsibility, giving back to a community that helped grow their small business.
Everyone works together to promote local economic growth and development.

AS A MENTOR, YOU:

Are matched with a Protégé to provide guidance and advice regarding business operations.
Maintain a working relationship with the Protégé for 24 months.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE A MENTOR IF YOU:

Complete an application and questionnaire providing: a brief company profile, operating history, general and specialized areas of operational expertise, activities and accomplishments in supporting small, minority and/or women-owned business enterprises.
Submit a detailed plan to provide the necessary time and resources to ensure a successful Mentor/Protégé relationship.
Attend an orientation session describing the roles and expectations for each respective partnership.
Commit to work with the Protégé for 24 months.

AS A PROTÉGÉ, YOU:

Take part in the Small Business Boot Camp capacity- building business education classes – available in two tracks depending on industry.
Follow a track consisting of eight classes: five core and three electives.
Participate in three hours of free Business Counseling.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE A PROTÉGÉ IF YOU:

Are certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) through the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA). Certification details may be reviewed at sctrca.org.
Have a significant business presence in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area (SAMSA) as defined in the City’s SBEDA Ordinance: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson counties.
Attend Small Business Boot Camp – capacity-building business education classes, available in two tracks, depending on industry.

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