Pilot Mentor-Protege Program Law and Legal Definition

The Pilot Mentor-Protege Program is a voluntary program that provides incentives for major defense contractors to provide developmental assistance to Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs). This program provides incentives to enhance SDB capabilities and to increase participation of such firms in government and commercial contracts.

The mentor firm is a prime contractor with at least one active subcontracting plan negotiated and Protege firms are small disadvantaged business concerns or qualified organizations employing the severely disabled, eligible for receipt of federal contracts and selected solely by the mentor firm.