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Entering into the DOD and  Small Business Administration Federal Business Mentoring Programs  under 13 CFR 124.520 means that you must comply with some complicated regulations. When government contractors merely copy and paste mentor SBA Mentor Protege Program Lawyers 13 CFR 121 & 13 CFR 124protege agreements without understanding their legal obligations, they can become fertile ground for a challenge in a size appeal at the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals.


We help DOD small businesses and larger federal contractors to form legally compliant mentoring business relationships and develop compliance SBA mentor protege applications that also meet the requirements of 13 CFR 121.103 and 13 CFR 124.520. When businesses are involved in Small Business Administration size protests and size appeal litigation, our government contracting attorneys provide aggressive legal representation.

Federal SBA Mentor Protege Application Services

  • Drafting federal Mentor Protege Agreements
  • 8a Mentor Protege help
  • SBA Mentor Protege Application help
  • Statutory compliance with SBA new rules
  • SBA disputes and litigation
  • Litigation of compliance violations and disputes
  • Resolving allegations of affiliation
  • Compliance with JV and work percentages
  • Assessing roles and responsibilities
  • Business development and government contract consulting

To speak with a government contracting and Federal Contracting SBA Mentor Protege Program attorney, call 1-866-601-5518 for a Free Initial Consultation.

Meeting Qualifications for Firms in the SBA 8a Mentor Protege Program

For companies entering into an SBA mentor protégé relationship, our government contract lawyers help companies to qualify for a small business set-aside procurement and meet the legal requirements of 13 CFR 124.513 and 13 CFR 124.520 of becoming a small business mentor.

Protege definition 13 CFR 124.520

To meet the program’s protege definition, meaning and SBA Mentor Protege application requirements,  protégés must either: 

  1. qualify as small for the size standard corresponding to their primary North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code; or
  2.  qualify as small under their secondary NAICs code(s) and identify that they are seeking business development assistance under that specific secondary code.

To be a protégé a firm must meet several conditions.

  • The firm must be a participant in the 8(a) BD Program.
  • The firm must meet at least one of the following three conditions:
    • Be in the developmental stage of the 8(a) BD Program, OR
    • Have never received an 8(a) contract, OR
    • Be less than half the size of the small business size standard corresponding to its primary NAICS code.
  • The 8(a) firm must
    • Be in good standing with SBA Program requirements, AND
    • Be current with all SBA reporting requirements.
  • Protégés may generally have only one mentor at a time.
    • However, SBA may authorize a second mentor after reviewing of the request.

Certification basics

 Protégé small businesses may self-certify that they qualify as small for their primary or secondary NAICs code(s). If your business does not meet the size standard under its primary code and is seeking to qualify as a protégé under a secondary NAICs code, they must demonstrate how the mentor protege relationship is a logical business progression that will develop and expand their current capabilities.

Calculation of receipts

 When considering SBA 8a mentor protege applications for the program, SBA considers the distribution of receipts, employees and costs of doing business among the different industries in which business operations occurred for the most recently completed fiscal year, in determining the primary industry in which a concern or a concern combined with its affiliates is engaged, the SBA may consider other factors such as the distribution of patents, contract awards, and assets.

The SBA will not approve a mentor-protégé relationship in a secondary code in which the business has no prior experience.

Companies bidding on DOD federal contracts that are not part of the 8(a) Program must extremely careful. Since the SBA is not required to review small business mentoring for non-8a set-asides, contractors can be more subject to litigation and size appeals. At Watson & Associates, our government contract law lawyers help companies to still meet the requirements of 13 CFR 124.520 for procurements not in the 8(a) Program.

SBA All Small Mentor Protégé Program & Benefits

The SBA has launched the new All Small Mentor Protégé Program where the protégé small business can legally get more valuable business development from large business mentors (small business mentors are also eligible).

Common areas that government contractors can get assistance in the form of unique contributions under the All Small Mentor Protégé Program include:

  • Guidance on internal business management systems, accounting, marketing, manufacturing, and strategic planning
  • Financial assistance such as equity investments, loans, and construction bonding
  • Help to navigate federal contract bidding, acquisition, and performance process
  • Education about international trade, strategic planning, and finding markets
  • Security clearance help
  • Business development, including strategy and identifying contracting and teaming partnership opportunities
  • General and administrative assistance, like human resource sharing or security clearance support

When you are approved for the All Small Mentor Protégé Program, the mentor and protégé can form a joint venture and move ahead to get government contracts that the small business qualifies.

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Contact Watson’s SBA 8a Mentor Protege Program Lawyers

If you are involved in Federal SBA All Small Mentor Protege Program, or need legal help with small business SBA 8a mentor protege applications, call our government contract attorneys at 1-866-601-5518 for immediate help.