Mentor Protégé Program
The Mentor Protégé Program with the USF Office of Supplier Diversity engages small and diverse subcontractors through partnership, training, and development with the goal of strengthening businesses and building capacity. The 2021 participants received instruction from Skanska, USF faculty & staff and industry professionals who shared their knowledge and provided insight into not only being successful on Skanska projects, but also what it takes to be a successful business in the construction industry.
The USF Office of Supplier Diversity has engaged community partner organizations who work directly with diverse businesses in the community to recommend firms for participation who have been in business for at least one year and are specific to the construction industry, i.e. trades, suppliers, vendors, etc.
Those partner organizations include:
The St. Petersburg Collective
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce
These community partners should begin selection in May of 2022 for the next program cohort, which will run from Aug. 2022 to Oct. 2022. Our cohorts will consist of no more than 12 firms. We encourage you to engage with your community organizations for consideration in the program.
Read more about the success of the inaugural cohort here.
Past Program Session Topics:
- Environmental Health & Safety
- Field Management
- Human Resources
- Marketing & Business Development
- Project Accounting
- Project Planning & Preconstruction
The 2021 Mentor Protégé Program cohort included:
- AAA Restoration & Builders Team LLC
- Angel’s Cleaning Service
- Arielle Management Group LLC
- DuCon LLC
- E&I Mechanical LLC
- Evolve Mechanical Services LLC
- Len’s Roofing Inc.
- Phill’s Home Construction
- Samamed Home Improvement LLC
- Secure2ware Inc.
- WSV Group Inc.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 weekly training sessions were held virtually, but OSD plans to hold the 2022 sessions in person.