Since 1991, the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) has offered substantial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses. Helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation has produced more jobs and increased national income.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses (protégés) successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (mentors) under individual, project-based agreements. Traditionally, these partnerships have delivered a variety of products and services specialized in: environmental remediation, engineering services, information technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, and health care. Recently, new Mentor-Protégé agreements have focused on technology incubation, information assurance, and robotics. Many mentor firms have made the program an integral part of their sourcing plans; while the protégé firms have used their involvement in the program to develop much needed business and technical capabilities to diversify their customer base.
Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor, and the DoD.
STOPSO entered a mentor-protégé relationship with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), now CSRA, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. This partnership has met all DoD goals for fostering small business growth and innovation. Team STOPSO/CSRA was awarded the DoD’s prestigious Nunn-Perry Award in 2015. STOPSO looks forward to continuing its relationship with CSRA and helping other small businesses reach their potential.