Cambridge enters NGA mentor-protégé program

Cambridge has recently been esteemed as one of the participants in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) DoD Mentor-Protégé Program; the Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was signed in September 2011. As the mentor, SAIC’s overall vision is to deliver qualified and equipped protégés like Cambridge to be government prime contractors. Both mentor and protégé’s full commitment, from commencement thru the Aftercare Program, is essential to mark this Program a success.

SAIC has been an active participant in the DoD Mentor-Protégé program for nearly 20 years and has been recognized by the government for its participation in other civilian agency small business programs. SAIC has formally mentored over 80 firms, enhancing their capabilities and increasing their participation in government contracts and serving as an engine for economic growth.

In the next three years, Cambridge will receive developmental assistance to better prepare us to support the NGA and DoD missions as both prime and subcontractor. The funding received will be for targeted training in emerging technical and professional areas such as information assurance and ITIL, technology transfer, recruiting tools, business development aid, and an array of business support including upgrades to our financial systems.

Cambridge management will participate in several conferences and symposia that target leadership, organizational planning and management, business development and more. The Program also fosters closer working ties between the mentor and protégé firms, broadening our access to business opportunities and expertise, receiving added benefits such as access to SAIC’s training tools and more.

Cambridge Vice President Aaron Tilock noted, “I spent quite a lot of time supporting the DoD Mentor Protégé Program when I was at SAIC and I saw how much they really focused on the Program. For the large business, their support reflects great credit on them to their customers and it also gives them a relationship with small businesses that might lead them in a SB set aside contract or help them satisfy their SB subcontracting requirements. For the small business, it helps increase visibility, improve business processes to function more like a larger company, and gain deeper access to more customers. It really is a win-win for all involved.”

The DoD Mentor Protégé Program was established by law in 1991 to provide incentives to major DoD contractors to assist protégé firms in enhancing its small business capabilities in supporting DoD and other government needs.

You can read more about the DoD Mentor Protégé Program at http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp(link is external) .

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