Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on November 10, 2022)
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Presenter: Mercedes Thurston, Department of Navy Office of Small Business Programs (DON OSBP)
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: D.6 Mentor-Protege Program (Elective); D.7 Teaming Arrangements, Agreements and Joint Ventures (Elective)

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

The DoD Mentor Protégé Program allows large businesses to assist small businesses in developing and enhancing skills, capabilities, and efficiencies. As a result, small businesses can participate more effectively in the federal government, successfully perform contract work and be value-added members of the defense industrial base.  

This webinar will provide the following:

– An in-depth description of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program
– The Navy’s process of how to secure a Mentor-Protégé Agreement
– The difference between the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program vs. the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program
– Steps to be procurement ready

Target Audience: Small and Large Businesses interested in doing business with the DoD

Meet Your Presenter:

MERCEDES THURSTON. Ms. Mercedes Thurston assumed her position as the Department of Navy (DON) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Mentor-Protégé Program Manager in April 2020. In this role, she administers and manages all active and non-active Mentor-Protégé Agreements (MPAs). In addition, she educates the acquisition workforce about the Mentor-Protégé Program, reviews budget requests, and provides advice and guidance to the major buying commands concerning potential and new MPAs. Prior to supporting DON OSBP, Ms. Thurston served as a Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant at Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA). Since beginning her acquisition career, Ms. Thurston has gained experience dealing with various acquisitions, including major weapons systems, shipbuilding, research and development, and professional and engineering support services. Ms. Thurston earned a B.S. in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Business Administration from Trinity Washington University.


Nov 01 2022


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 01 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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