These questions were asked during a recent “Developing and Managing Contractor Teams” Workshop.
How long does it take the process to become a mentor/protégé?
8(a) firms should consult with their SBA District Office Business Opportunity Specialist BEFORE they apply for the 8(a) BD Mentor-Protégé program.
According to the Small Business Administration Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, it usually takes about 3 or 4 months for a new 8(a) Mentor Protégé Agreement to undergo full analysis and receive a decision from the SBA headquarters.
Protégé 8(a) firms should notify their prospective Mentors that 1.) SBA approval and acceptance of the Mentor Protégé Agreement is not guaranteed and involves a great deal of due diligence and 2.) The entire end-to-end Mentor Protégé Agreement review process will entail approximately one quarter to one half of a year to complete.
Can the three Protégé’s have the same NAICS Code?
Please reference 13 CFR124.520 (b)(2) for complete details as well as contacting your SBA District Office for an official answer.
Excerpts from the reference.
(2) Generally a mentor will have no more than one protégé at a time. However, the Assistant Administrator//Business Development (AA/BD) may authorize a concern or non-profit entity to mentor more than one protégé at a time where it can demonstrate that the additional mentor/protégé relationship will not adversely affect the development of either protégé firm (e.g., the second firm may not be a competitor of the first firm). Under no circumstances will a mentor be permitted to have more than three protégés at one time.
When an 8(a) enters into a Mentor Protégé Joint Venture Agreement with a large business, is the new JV a small business?
Under the formal Mentor Protégé and Joint Venture Programs the answer is yes.
— Donna Gaillard/Phyllis Embree