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Mentor-Protégé Program

The Mentor-Protégé Program helps firms gain new skills to perform larger and more complex ODOT contracts. By participating in the Mentor-Protégé program, firms can learn needed skills to grow, expand and pursue contracts more frequently and of larger size.

Mentor-Protégé Qualifications

Selection for the Port of Portland Mentor-Protégé Program is conducted through an application process. To apply for the program, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Firms must be current on all taxes and licenses.
  • Businesses must have been in continuous operation for the last 24 months.
  • Firms must be certified through the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) as a Minority-owned Business, Women-owned Business or Emerging Small Business.
  • Firms must follow program rules, guidelines and processes so incremental growth and business success can be achieved.

Note: Completing the application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

ODOT is currently not accepting new firms into the Mentor-Protégé program.

Frequently Asked Questions

​No; the Mentor-Protégé program mostly consists of tutoring with industry experts focused on the protégé's specific needs instead of general training.

​The protégé is not compensated directly for being in the program.  The mentor may request compensation before becoming involved in the program.

Contact Information

Daniel Jackson
Small Business Programs Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights

3930 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, MS 23
Salem, OR 97302-1166

Office  503-986-3016
Cell     503-580-4682

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