What to Expect

As a participant in this program, it is expected that both mentors and proteges will meet monthly (at minimum) to discuss the areas of interest for the protege’s mentorship needs.

In addition to monthly meetings with mentors, there will be structured curriculum (modules) divided into two tracks that are focused on construction-related firms and a non-construction related firms.  These modules are mandatory monthly sessions, facilitated by various UF departments and our community partners.

Each module is comprised of 2-4 workshops discussing detailed information for protégé’s to learn how to successfully navigate the institution and offer key information to further develop and grow their business. Below is the schedule of the 2024 UF Mentor Protégé Program.

Applications Available

July 2024


September 2024

Mentor & Protégé selections

October 2024


2024 Schedule

January | Kickoff Reception
February | Module 1: Introduction to the University of Florida
March | 2024 Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange (March 13th)
April | Annual Small Business Opportunity Fair (April 24th)
May | Module 2: Importance of Branding for Your Small Business
June | Module 3: Separating from the Competition*
July | Module 4: Marketing Your Firm & Connecting to the Gator Nation
August | Module 5: Positioning Your Firm for Success
September | Module 6: Financial Success
October | Module 7: Strategic Planning/Strategic Negotiation
November | Module 8: Creating a Loyal Customer
December | Graduation

Topics are subject to change at SBSD discretion
*Two separate sessions. One session is for construction-related firms; other session is for non-construction firms


Are you interested in participating in the Mentor Protégé Program and have additional questions? Contact us today sbsd@admin.ufl.edu or call (352)392-0380