Simply: A Good Idea That Delivers.
The Department of Defense pioneered Mentor-Protege in 1991. In the report commissioned by Congress in 2007, the Government Accountability Office found that participant benefits among those they surveyed included:
- 48 protégés collectively attributed 95 new contracts and about $131 million in increased revenue to their participation in the program.
- 63 % percent reported an increase in employees.
But there's no magic -- you get out of it what you put into it.
GAO also reported that "Despite the overall value protégés attributed to the program, about one-quarter reported that the program had no impact on gaining new contracts or increasing revenue."
What could GSA's program achieve for you? Well, what do you want to get out of it?