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Mentor Protegé Program


The Mentor-Protégé Program was implemented in 1995 by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in cooperation with the Houston Minority Business Council to advance the growth and development of American women and minority owned businesses in Texas. MD Anderson was the forerunner among state agencies in developing a Mentor-Protégé Program and was one of the first major core businesses within Houston to have an active, successful mentoring program.

Our award winning program was recently recognized by The Texas Economy publication.

Program Overview

The primary purpose of the program is to help Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) move to the next level of success through the formation of mentor/protégé relationships with MD Anderson, prime contractors and the professionals who work there. The one-on-one relationships are meaningful, productive, mutually beneficial and contribute to the long-term success of HUBs and the overall good of the community. The program augments without duplicating, other mentoring efforts.  While many HUBs receive informal mentoring efforts, our program is designed to capitalize on the relationship potential of promising American minority and American woman-owned businesses.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for the Mentor-Protégé Program, a company must be State of Texas HUB certified (State of Texas HUB Certification Application), have been in business for at least a year and have passed review consideration to identify "key" suppliers.  Interested HUB vendors may fill out and submit a Mentor Protégé Application by fax to Marian Nimon at (713) 745-5814.

While business relationship potential is a criteria, mentoring is not a guarantee nor is it a promise of financial business earnings. The intent of the Mentor Protégé Program is to enhance the planning, management, and performance capabilities of the Protégé.

Past and Present Mentor-Protégé Relationships

  • Cune Electronics
  • Burris Pharmaceuticals
  • Burgoon Company
  • Summus Industries
  • Alko Enterprises of Texas
  • Adprint International
  • 3G Communications (state program with CompuCom)
  • Ruth Gueta d.b.a. Gourmet Catering
  • CompSol, Inc. (state program with CompuCom Systems)
  • American Air Conditioning  
  • Ideal Medical Systems (state program with Jacobs Facilities)
  • Inteleserv, Inc.(state program with Fisk Technologies)
  • Remington Support Services (state program with J.T. Vaughn Construction)
  • Martinez Millwork, Inc. (state program with J.T. Vaughn Construction)
  • 4b Technology Group (state program with P & W Architects)
  • KNCS Services (state program with DE Harvey Builders)
  • Summus Industries (state program with Cardinal Health)
  • Clean Sweep (state program with Cactus Builders)
  • Competitive Choice (state program with Marcis & Associates)
  • CompSol (state program with CDW Government, Inc.)
  • Taylor Packaging (state program with Cardinal Health)
  • Sunrise Delivery, Inc. (state program with OfficeMax)
  • Sunrise Delivery, Inc. (state program with Today’s Business  Solutions)
  • Bio-Link Scientific, LLC (state program with Sigma-Aldrich)
  • BM&S Construction, Inc. (state program with J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC)
  • Frenchy’s Sausage Company, Inc (state program with Sysco Houston, Inc)
  • TCH Service Company (state program with The Trevino Group, Inc)
  • Summus Industries (state program with Cardinal Health)
  • Bocci Engineering LLC (state program with  Shah Smith & Associates, Inc)
  • Today’s Business Solutions (state program with OfficeMax)
  • Argus Talent (state program with RightSourcing)
  • 3B Resources Group (state program with MMI)
  • US Facility Tec (state program with The OFIS)
  • CompuPro Global (state program with The OFIS)

Information Requests

For more information regarding MD Anderson's Mentor-Protégé Program, please contact:

Marian Nimon, MBA, C.P.M.
Associate Director, HUB & Federal Small Business Program

Barbara Howard
Sr. HUB Coordinator, HUB & Federal Small Business Program


Lauren McCormick
HUB Coordinator, HUB & Federal Small Business Program