Mentors are typically supplier diversity leaders or procurement professionals from Georgia corporations. There are no specific position requirements or preferred industries for mentors. The primary requirements for mentors are a demonstrated commitment to small business development, a good ‘fit’ with a protégé by industry or specialty, and a willingness to commit to the program calendar and adhere to the program guidelines spelled out in the Memorandum of Understanding mentors must sign. Most mentors are one of the following –

  • Corporate Supply chain leaders
  • Supplier diversity professionals
  • Commodity buyers
  • GMPC alumni business owners (pending)


  • Opportunity to cultivate a relationship with a high-potential supplier candidate
  • Exposure to other supplier candidates also enrolled in the program
  • Opportunity to nurture suppliers to fulfill unique supply chain requirements
  • Brand awareness opportunities derived from program participation
  • Leadership development opportunities for emerging leaders


Mentors must be fully committed to supporting the growth and development of the Protégé firm.
Mentors must –

  • Attend all mandatory sessions and events on the program calendar
  • Meet with the Protégé firm at least once per month
  • Assist in the assessment of the Protégé firm at the onset of the program
  • Monitor progress and support the achievement of the agreed-upon goals
  • Be willing to provide additional resources as necessary

Click here to learn more about serving as a Mentor for one or more Protege firms in the GMPC.


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