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Video: Say Hello to the Seven Programs (State & Local)

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<p>Good questions on Mentoring. There is a wealth of information on GSA&#39;s Mentor-Protégé Program at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/105301</p>
<p>hendrixadv,</p><p>I would suggest that you start looking for possible mentors by going to FezBizOpps and do a search within the scope of your business. You can find some contacts under the Interested Vendors List tab. In there you will find vendors that have placed an interest in that solicitation. Be aware that you will find some vendors that do nothing but place themselves on the list in hopes someone will contact them by accident, and don&#39;t really have anything to do with the actual solicitation. Real Companies/Vendors on the list have a contact name, phone #, and email. Look for the emails that have a real person you can contact. I would also suggest you place a call to that person directly and ask about becoming a subcontractor with their firm. Do your due diligience is researching the company you are about to contact. Look where you might fit within the scope of who they are, what they do, and what their goals for the future are, and what your company has to offer. This is not the only answer, but hopefully you find this helpful, and good luck.</p><p>Be sure to check with the SBA&nbsp; as they have lists of large corps looking for subs...</p><p>&nbsp;Also, see lallen&#39;s response to your questions...VERY IMPORTANT</p>
<p>I am very interested in finding a mentor for our agency, because after 3 years of struggling, I have gotten nowhere, but I can&#39;t get any type of response from the larger vendors that I have contacted.&nbsp; Even a no would be better than nothing.&nbsp; I was in sales for 15 years, and I don&#39;t mind cold calling or doing whatever it takes, but I am having a hard time figuring out two things:</p><p>1.&nbsp; Who are the decision makers - I would call them if I could figure out who they are.&nbsp; Why is that such a well guarded secret?&nbsp; If GSA really wants to help small businesses, the very best thing they could do is be more transparent about who buys what.</p><p>2. Why would a large vendor want my agency as a protege?&nbsp;&nbsp; I mean that sincerely.&nbsp; I know why I need them, but what incentive do they have to take on our firm (or any small business) as a protege?&nbsp; Unless it is out of the goodness of their heart, I don&#39;t see any advantage for them.&nbsp; If there is some kind of reward for them that I don&#39;t know about, I would love for someone to tell me what it is.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>You ask some great questions.&nbsp; We have been considering approaching large firms in our field who have prior GSA Schedule and PBS awards regarding mentoring.&nbsp; I don&#39;t have the answers to your questions.&nbsp; However, I did sign up for the Mentor-Protege webinar on 9/16. I hope to gain the knowledge needed to approach the larger firms.&nbsp; I understand from firms that participate in the SBA&#39;s program that the rewards and recognition from colleagues and other governmental agencies&nbsp;are advantageous.&nbsp; I wish you the best of luck and you are not the only one!</p>
<p>Three main things a large business is looking for from a small business partner (in order):</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1.&nbsp; What business do you have in the pipeline that you need help bringing across the goal line? This, of course, implies that you have some potential federal business in the works.</p><p>2.&nbsp; What unique qualities or specialties does your firm have that sets it apart?&nbsp; This can be a unique service, a group of specialized people, or something else that is truly unique.&nbsp;</p><p>3.&nbsp; Do you have any specialized socio-economic classifications?&nbsp; 8(a), for example?&nbsp;</p><p>Added to this list would be stability and any sort of prior experience either held by the company or by its principles.</p>
<p><strong>Dear GSA,</strong></p><p><strong>I would like GSA to be my mentor and allow my company to host video on your site. Please advise.<br />John Zarlino<br />CEO/Founder<br />Cover Your Assets II, LLC<br />An Ohio Company<br />&quot;Earn while you learn how to communicate better, manage better, and serve better every day.&quot;</strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ISEEYouPhones.com/ISEEYouPhones">http://www.ISEEYouPhones.com/ISEEYouPhones</a> (each account will have it&#39;s own moniker)<br />Video Phone NUmber VPN(tm)<br />614-448-0090</strong></p><p><strong>Working Notes:</strong></p><p><strong>Branding + Friending = Brending</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>How the Mentor-Protégé Program Works</strong></p><p>Under the Mentor-Protégé Program, the Protégé (the eligible small business) can act as a supplier, or provide services or act as a subcontractor for any prime contractor. The small business and mentor draft an agreement. The agreement must contain:</p><ol type="a"><li>Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of both mentor and protégé firms and the name, telephone number, and position title of the person who will oversee the agreement in both firms.<br />(b) An eligibility statement from the protégé stating that it is a small business, its primary NAICS code and, when applicable, the type of small business.<br />(c) A description of the type of development assistance that will be provided by the mentor firm to the protégé firm.<br />(d) Milestones for providing the identified developmental assistance.<br />(e) Factors to assess the protégé firm&rsquo;s developmental progress under the program.<br />(f) The anticipated dollar value and type of subcontracts that may be awarded to the protégé firm consistent with the extent and nature of mentor firm&rsquo;s business, and of mentor firm&rsquo;s business, and the period of time over which it may be awarded.<br />(g) Program participation term, which states the period of time over which the development assistance will be performed.<br />(h) Mentor termination procedures, which describe the procedures applicable to the mentor firm when notifying the protégé firm, in writing and at least 30 days in advance, of the mentor firm&rsquo;s intent to voluntarily withdraw its participation in the program, or to terminate the agreement.<br />(i) Plan for accomplishing contract work should the Mentor-Protégé agreement be terminated or a party excluded under GSAM 519.7014(b). The mentor&rsquo;s prime contract with GSA continues even if the Mentor-Protégé agreement or the Mentor-Protégé Program is discontinued.<br />(j) The protégé must agree to provide input into the mentor firm&rsquo;s semiannual reports (see GSAM 519.7015). The protégé must submit a &lsquo;&lsquo;Lessons Learned&rsquo;&rsquo; evaluation along with the mentor firm at the conclusion of the Mentor-Protégé agreement.<br />(k) Other terms and conditions as specified by the Mentor-Protégé manager on a case-by-case basis.</li></ol>
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