The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (GMPC) is a small business development program of the Georgia Education Foundation (GEF), the educational arm of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), supported by the State of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.
GMPC provides opportunities for Georgia small businesses to partner with a corporate mentor for a period of one year. Emerging firms build relationships, explore new technologies, learn about best practices, and benefit from the wisdom of corporate executives who are committed to the long-term health and overall growth of small businesses in Georgia. Mentor pairs focus on three mutually agreed upon goal areas, in an effort to increase corporate readiness and cultivate long-term sustainability.
The mentor corporations are headquartered in Georgia or have a significant presence in the state. These firms are leaders in their respective industries and are committed to small business development and inclusive procurement practices. They represent the full spectrum of industry categories, including transportation, education, logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications, consulting services and information technology.