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Mentor-Protege Program

The ORAU mentor-protégé relationship helps protégés improve their ability to successfully compete for federal contracts

Mentor-Protege program

ORAU President Andy Page (seated left) signed a U.S. Department of Energy Mentor-Protégé Program agreement with James Anderson (seated right), Ph.D., Chancellor of Fayetteville State University. Standing (left to right) are Heidi Timmerman, Cindy Snow, Arlene Garrison, Ph.D., Desmond Stubbs, Cathy Fore, John Bellamy of Fayetteville State University, Christin Lane, and Rebecca Crowe.

Supplier Advocate and Small Business Office

ORAU President and CEO Andy Page (seated left) signs a U.S. Department of Energy Mentor-Protégé Program agreement with Elizabeth Bernstein, president and CEO of United Global Technologies, during the recent DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration Regional Small Business Summit held in Knoxville, Tenn. Standing (left to right) are Sharon Jacobs, Heidi Timmerman, Rebecca Crowe and Cindy Snow, all members of ORAU’s procurement and contracts administration department.

The Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to encourage approved mentors (a trusted counselor or guide) to provide various forms of assistance to eligible protégé (one whose career or business is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence) participants.

The purpose of the mentor-protégé relationship is to enhance the capabilities of the protégés; and to improve their ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.

The ORAU mentor-protégé program is described in more detail in the ORAU Diversity Plan, which is part of the ORAU prime contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and will be operated in accordance with DOE Mentor-Protégé Program guidelines.

ORAU may enter into mentor-protégé agreement(s) with the following groups to provide developmental assistance to enhance the protégé firm’s capabilities to perform subcontracts:

  • SBA 8(a) certified small businesses
  • other small disadvantaged businesses
  • women-owned small businesses
  • service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and
  • other minority institutions of higher learning

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