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Mentor, Protégé Program

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Are you a Small Business looking for Assistance? Have you considered a Mentor Protege program? Your company may be eligible for assistance?

Under the Mentor Protege program we provide developmental assistance to protégé companies in an effort to enhance their capabilities in building a solid, established, and successful business.

The Mentor-Protégé Program is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative designed to encourage and assist small disadvantaged firms certified by the Small Business Administration

(SBA) under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (8(a)), other small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority institutions of higher learning, and small business concerns owned and controlled by service disabled veterans in enhancing their capabilities to perform contracts and subcontracts for DOE and other Federal agencies. The program is established and is consistent with U.S. Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) 919.70.

The Mentor-Protégé Program Model is designed to provide developmental assistance to the protégé companies in an effort to enhance their capabilities in the fundamental aspects of building a solid, established, and successful business. Successful implementation of the program should enhance the companies’ overall capabilities to a level to allow for ultimate performance and the ability to compete in any market.

NOTE: This program is developmental in nature and is intended for small businesses to develop/improve their capabilities. This program is not intended to be a quick path for obtaining subcontracts. While participating in the program, companies should take the advice of the mentor(s) to improve their processes, policies, procedures, etc., in order to better position themselves to be a successful subcontractor after graduating from the program. Small businesses with the primary purpose of obtaining non-competitive subcontracts while in the program are discouraged from participation.

Application/Selection Process:

The LANL Mentor Protégé Program is a two year program with the possibility of one option year, total time in the program will not exceed three years.

LANL will select one small business per year from the applications submitted for the Mentor Protégé Program. Applications for the mentor protégé program will only be accepted during the month of August each year.

Small businesses interested in applying for the LANL Mentor Protégé Program will complete the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Application for Prospective Protégé and submit the application to:

In order to apply, small businesses must be an 8(a), small disadvantaged businesses (SDB), women-owned small businesses (WOSB), HUBZone, or service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB).

Any small businesses that have participated in another mentor protégé program are not eligible to participate in the LANL Mentor Protégé Program.

(Exception: If a company was involved in a mentor protégé program and the agreement was terminated due to lack of mentor involvement and at no fault by the protégé, the company must provide documentation and a letter from the mentor concerning the agreement and reason for termination. The information will be reviewed for possible exception to the above rule.)

The small business must have necessary business and technical capabilities to perform work.

They must exhibit competent management organization, staff level, and technical experience for the purpose of performing and completing project-oriented assignments.

The application will be reviewed for completeness; incomplete applications will be cause for rejection. Completed applications will then be reviewed to determine if the small business meets the general criteria for the program, paying particular attention to “Protégé selection must benefit LANL Projects and needs”. If the application fits the needs, then the application will go to a review board.

The review board will review and evaluate each application in relation to laboratory requirements:  

  • Will there be a need at LANL that a small business could perform either as a sub-contractor or lower tier subcontractor currently or in the future.
  • Look at socio-economic status of company in regards to laboratory/complex socio-economic goals.
  • Identifying specific programs or projects that could support the protégé.
  • Reviewing submitted applications and developing a short list of candidate companies.
  • Conducting due diligence on short-listed companies.
  • Select company for the mentor protégé program.

 Once a company is selected for the program a mentor will be assigned and an agreement will be completed for the period of the mentorship.

 Companies not selected may request a debriefing concerning their non-selection to the program. Requests for a debriefing must be received in writing within 15 days of notification of non-selection.

 Non-selected companies may reapply during the next submittal period.

 For inquires about the LANL Mentor Protégé program please contact the LANL Small Business Program Office at 505-667-4419 or by email

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