IBM has been a participant in the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program since 1997 and has been a mentor to more than 13 firms during this time period. We have provided them with advice, counsel, and business support in areas such as business development, marketing, e-commerce, technology training and certification, subcontracts, business partner development, and teaming opportunities.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé program allows IBM to do well for our nation and do well for our business at the same time. It provides IBM with strategic relationships in the small business community, and it allows our Corporation to forge stronger relationships with the federal marketplace.
The objectives of this program are:
- Meet and exceed customer expectations
- Expand IBM business opportunities through Protégé relationships
- Position Protégés to prime opportunities
- Assist Protégés with market expansion
- Increase IBM subcontracts to Protégé firms and, therefore, IBM small business utilization
- Increase IBM business partner revenue through development of Protégé firms
Over the last 7 years, IBM and our mentor-protégés have been recognized by the following U.S. Government departments:
- Defense, through the Nunn-Perry mentor-protégé award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012
- Homeland Security, through the mentor-protégé team award of the year in 2006 and 2009
- Energy, through mentor and protégé team award of the year in 2011
- Treasury, through the mentor and protégé team award of the year in 2009
If you are interested in learning more about IBM’s Mentor-Protégé Program, please send inquires to Laura Sucre
, Project Manager.