Teaming and Partnering


U.S. SBA Mentor Protégé Program
Recently, the SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé program and the SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program were merged into one SBA Mentor-Protégé Program. This consolidated Mentor-Protégé program is still designed to assist small protégé firms in competing for federal contracts by receiving technical assistance and additional capacity from the mentor firm. Under this program the term of an SBA approved Mentor-Protégé agreement can be up to 6 years and the parties to such an agreement are able to form joint ventures which can then qualify for any set-aside procurements that the small business would qualify for on its own.

Department of Defense (DOD) Mentor Protégé Agreement 
The Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) also allows Mentors to provide substantial assistance to eligible small business protégés including Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women Owned Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses and more. The DOD MPP helps eligible small businesses protégés expand the overall base of their marketplace participation and helps them become part of DOD’s supply chain and industrial base.

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Past Performance Ratings for Small Business Joint Venture Members and Small Business First-Tier Subcontractors

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending its regulations to implement new provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The final rule provides new methods for small business government contractors to obtain past performance ratings to be used with offers on prime contracts with the Federal Government. A small business contractor may use a past performance rating for work performed as a member of a joint venture or for work performed as a first-tier subcontractor. This final rule updates the requirements for small business subcontracting plans to add a requirement for prime contractors to provide past performance to a first-tier, small business subcontractor when requested by the small business. [August 2022]