Mentor

The PennDOT Mentor Protégé Program program empowers prime consultants (DB or Non-DB) as mentors to transfer knowledge through the project development process on active projects to help DB firms become self-sufficient and long-term business partners and grow team relationships to include more underrepresented firms to improve participation and eradicate barriers to opportunities.

Eligibility

Registration

Participation

Training/Support

Eligibility

Certified DBs desiring to participate in PennDOT’s highway construction program are eligible to receive all DB Supportive Services Center services at no charge.

To be eligible, you must be a Diverse Business (DB) is a for-profit small business that is:

A disadvantaged business, minority-owned or women-owned business, or service-disabled veteran-owned or veteran-owned small business has been certified by a third-party certifying organization and is both an ECMS Business Partner and pre-qualified if required.

Certifying Organization:

  • National Minority Suppliers Development Council
  • Women’s Business Administration
  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program

 

Registration

Intrested in the Mentor-Protégé Program?

We can help you navigate the full PennDOT process from Business Partner Registration, Contractor Prequalification & Consultant Qualification all the way through to bidding on and executing a contract.

Participation

Certified DBs desiring to participate in PennDOT’shighway construction program can receive all DB Supportive Services Center services at no charge. Download our guide to learn more about participation.

Participation is voluntary. ProRank and PenDot will assist Protégés who cannot find a Mentor. To the extent possible, the MPP will either match Mentor and Protégé businesses of the same field, discipline, and geographic region or will allow the Mentor to pair with a Protégé of their choosing. Whether established independently or with BDISBO’s assistance, a pairing will not create a contract between the Mentor and Protégé.
Once a Mentor and Protégé are matched and agree to enter into the MPP, they will enter into a “Mentor Protégé Program Agreement” (MPP Agreement), which will define the relationship between the Mentor and Protégé firms and any developmental goals identified by the participants.

Training/Support

The mentor and protégé firms will partner to establish protégé firms as experienced vendors for the Commonwealth. Together, they will explore opportunities to provide training and development, share knowledge, and collaboratively review the protégé’s work product.

As an example, a Consultant Mentor / Protégé team pursuing a project would go through the following steps together in the Statement of Interest (SOI)process:

  1. Review planned projects to determine Go – No Go decision
  2. Assign responsibility for drafting SOI sections to members of the team
  3. Review General Requirements for submission to ensure compliance and submit SOI with protégé observing the submission process in ECMS Jointly monitor selection results
  4. Request a joint debrief for unsuccessful pursuits
  5. Transition to the contracting process for awarded projects

How it works

CONTRACTOR MENTOR/PROTÉGÉ

1WORK AGREEMENT

Agree on type of work being sought,
geographic area, other factors

2SET YOUR LIMITATIONS

Establish desired subcontract size and
any resource limitations

3ADVERTISEMENT PERIOD (VARIES)

Review project advertisements for
desired work

4CONTRACTOR IDENTIFICATION

Identify potential prime contractors 04

5CAPABILITIES

Communicate protégé’s capabilities to
prime

6COMMUNICATION

7PREPARE AND SUBMIT

Prepare and Submit bid

8BID OPENING

Bid opens and will be responded to based on confirmation.

9PENNDOT AWARDS PROJECT

Confirm that protégé is listed in low bid
Prime’s DBE package

10PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETINGS

Protégé sets up meetings and assetment for the project’s development

11SCHEDULE AND PERFORM WORK

After project is scheduled the Protégé will perform work

12INVOICE SUBMITTAL

Protégé submits invoice to Prime
through ECMS

13INVOICE REVIEW

Prime reviews invoice and pays
protégé firm

14PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Post-completion meeting with Prime
with performance evaluation

Ready to join the MPP?

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