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SBA’s Powerful New All Small Mentor-Protégé Program-New Release

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) powerful new All Small Mentor-Protégé program has shifted the landscape of federal government contracts.  Government contracts attorney Steve Koprince will be outlining steps for small business to become a part of this powerful tool when he makes a presentation on Tuesday, October 17 for the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Wichita State University. The program starts at 8:30 with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in the Harvester Room at the WSU Old Town 238. N. Mead in Wichita.

The program allows any small business to obtain critical developmental assistance from a mentor (large or small), with the blessing of the SBA.  And best of all, SBA-approved mentor-protégé teams get special exceptions from the SBA’s ordinary affiliation rules–including the ability to joint venture for set-aside and sole source contracts even when the mentor is a large         business.

Of course, these important new benefits don’t come without strings attached.  Before entering into a mentor-protégé relationship, it’s critical for contractors to understand the rules–both to maintain compliance, and take advantage of a special status that lasts a maximum of six years.  In this program, government contracts attorney Steven Koprince provides an in-depth look at the SBA’s new mentor-protégé program, including requirements to participate, the application process (what is the SBA looking for?) and tips for developing a strong and successful mentor-protégé relationship.  The program concludes with a discussion of the special affiliation exceptions and joint venturing possibilities the All Small Mentor-Protégé program affords.

On Tuesday, October 17, the program will be presented in Wichita at WSU Old Town, 238 N. Mead. This program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m.

On Thursday, October 26, the program will be presented in Topeka from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. This program will be in the Topeka Chamber Board Room on the 2nd floor at 120 SE 6th Avenue.

Registration information can be found at, or by visiting the Kansas PTAC calendar at

Wichita State University’s Kansas PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. It is funded additionally by Johnson County Community College, the city of Wichita, Pittsburg State University, and GO Topeka.




Scott Knapp

Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist

Deputy Director

Kansas PTAC

Wichita State University

Office address: 238 N. Mead

Mailing Address:1845 Fairmount St., Box 215

Wichita, KS 67260-0215

Phone 316-978-6876

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Matt Lara

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