SBA Merges Mentor-Protege Programs

Law360 (October 15, 2020, 8:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will merge its two mentor-protege programs while making tweaks intended to help small business joint ventures better compete for federal contracts, under a final rule released Thursday.

The SBA will roll its mentor-protege program for 8(a) businesses owned by the socially or economically disadvantaged into its all small program open to all small businesses, eliminating duplication within the agency and improving the processing of program applications, according to the rule.

"Because the benefits and purposes of the two programs are identical, SBA believes that having two separate mentor-protege programs is unnecessary and causes needless confusion in...

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