The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection is open to any small business in the state that meets the following requirements for program eligibility –

  • Company incorporated in Georgia and registered with the Secretary of State
  • In business for a minimum of 3 years, with documentation
  • Annual revenues of at least $1 million
  • Minimum of 3 full-time, non-contract employees
  • Must be nominated by a qualifying individual or organization, such as
    • Georgia Corporations
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Business Development organizations
    • Business Leaders
    • Governmental Entities
    • GMPC Alumni


Protégé candidates are selected for the program as follows –

  • Candidates are nominated by a qualifying individual or organization
  • Candidates must submit application and application fee by the application deadline
  • Applications evaluated by GMPC admissions committee
  • Qualifying applicants are invited for face to face interviews
  • Selected applicants must attend mentor vetting day
  • Proteges are matched with compatible mentor corporations
  • Notifications of acceptance are sent out to the protégé class
  • Protégés must pay the program fee by the fee deadline


Protégé firms receive the following benefits –

  • Rigorous assessment process to determine the 3 areas of opportunity
  • Goals process to map out the key target areas of focus
  • Concrete plan of action for the duration of the program
  • One year of mentoring and best practice sharing with mentor partner
  • Relationship with a supply chain leader and that company’s supply chain
  • Exposure to other corporations serving as mentors in the GMPC
  • Access to protégé resources throughout the program year
  • Opportunities for networking and exposure through GMPC activities
  • Brand awareness opportunities derived from program participation
  • Leadership development opportunities for senior company leaders

Submit an application to be selected as a protege in the upcoming GMPC class.


 SLADE has experience in development and construction projects. SLADE is a licensed general contractor in AL, MS, TN, GA, SC, and NC. SLADE specializes in environmental services, geotechnical services, construction material testing and urban planning. Ms. Slade holds the certifications for the services her company provides. SLADE has a staff personnel with Green Building Professional Certifications through the National Home Builders Association; Lead Inspector, Asbestos Inspector, and Qualified Credential Inspector. SLADE has the ability to assist clients with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

In 2018, SLADE was selected for the Georgia Mentor Protege Program where Southern Company Gas was the firm’s mentor. SLADE graduated from the City of Atlanta Watershed and Aviation Small Business Development Program. SLADE is currently a participant in the Delta Supplier Development Academy.

In 2019, SLADE graduated from the Turner Construction Management Program. SLADE was accepted into the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Alumni Program which was a six-month program that was a phase 2 of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection.

Mentored by Southern Company Gas

This program helped me become the CEO I wanted to be so I could begin building the company I wanted to see. My mentors helped me think about how the company was viewed by potential clients, and how we could spread our client base across industries. I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent in this program, the connections I’ve made,and the relationships I was able to develop. I look forward to putting the principles I’ve learned into practice to continue growing the company.

Mentored by Glenda Stinson and Monique Carter, Georgia Power

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