Packers team up with companies to offer business mentoring program

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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We all know about the Packers’ success on the football field, but their success in business is now in the spotlight.

The Green Bay Packers in partnership with local business development leaders have established the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County.

The program will match mentor companies from the Green Bay area that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to protégés seeking to improve their competitive standing. The mentor-protégé relationship will require at least a 12-month commitment.

Initially, protégé companies will be minority- or woman-owned businesses located in Brown County or on the Oneida Nation Reservation. The goal also is to reach veteran-owned and other small businesses with the opportunity to participate as the program develops.

Mentor companies must be established companies with the appropriate resources and the ability to commit to the program and the needs of the protégé. Organizations already committed as mentors include Alliance Construction and Design, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Schenck Business Solutions, Schreiber Foods, UnitedHealthcare and Wipfli. The program is administered by AFF Research LLC, which helps clients design and implement comprehensive supplier diversity.

Questions and requests for mentor or protégé applications should be directed to AFFR by calling 920-884-5006 or by e-mail at [email protected] The application deadline for the first group of participants is Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.