The mission of the Capacity Building Mentor Protégé division is to create capacity and growth opportunities for emerging and scaling vendors within the Business Enterprise Program. The Mentor Protégé program will provide coaching, mentoring and capacity building opportunities for vendors.

  • The State of Illinois Central Management Services’ Business Enterprise Program (BEP) has created the Mentor Protégé Program for BEP vendors in an effort to facilitate:
    • Meeting our stated BEP contracting goals.
    • Establishing new partnerships with BEP firms that have no prior experience providing professional services to the State of Illinois.
    • Continuing technical and nontechnical support for BEP firms that have limited experience providing professional services to the State of Illinois.
    • Assisting BEP firms with building their capacity and becoming and/or remaining self-sufficient, competitive, and profitable business enterprises.

Program Features

  • Prime Selection, Expectations & Qualifications:
    • The Mentor must utilize the Protégé for a commercially useful function for at least ten percent (10%) of the total contract amount.
    • The Mentor must provide mandatory capacity-building to the Protégé in the following areas:
      • Provide guidance and oversight to the Protégé.
      • Work with the Protégé in developing a Project Management Plan from conception of the project through project completion.
      • Provide guidance and oversight to the Protégé on the development of the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, if applicable.
      • Familiarizing Protégé with applicable laws, regulations, and rules.
      • Identify Protégé’s unique challenges and provide a plan to address each challenge.

Protégé Requirements

The Protégé must be certified and in Good Standing by the Business Enterprise Program. The Protégé firm must perform a commercially useful function under the contract, have the wherewithal and experience to perform under the prime consultant and not act merely as a middle-person, passive conduit or broker of services.

  • The Protégé should have an established track record as a professional services consultant and expressed interest in expanding its services. The Protégé is eligible to participate in other subcontracting opportunities, outside the parameters of the Mentor Protégé Program, on other contracts. Exclusive agreements between the Mentor and Protégé are prohibited and violate federal anti-trust laws.
  • The Protégé must remain a separate and distinct independent business entity from the Mentor.