The City of Fort Worth is launching a formal mentor/protégé program to help emerging Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) build effective working relationships with established contractors and consultants.
The Fostering Relationships, Opportunities and Networking Together (FRONT) program will allow Fort Worth’s MBEs to benefit from the knowledge, experience, and social capital of the area’s more established firms, so that they can develop long-term, sustaining relationships within the business community.
Mentors are companies already established in the business community willing to invest time and resources to teach critical business strategies to a protégé from the MBE-certified community. Companies of any size within the construction or professional services industries are encouraged to apply as mentors.
In order to be eligible to participate in the FRONT program as a mentor, firms must fulfill the following requirements at the time of their application:
1. Perform design, construction, or construction-related professional services as the primary function of their business.
2.Be in business at least five to seven years, with a demonstrated history of prime assignments for at least three years.
3. Have established, documented processes and procedures for major business/operations functions.
4. Have worked, or are currently pursuing work, with the City of Fort Worth.
5. Have a local presence, office, or business located within the DFW marketplace (i.e., Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties).
6. Be a separate and distinct
Protégés are MBE-certified companies who are seeking opportunities to learn from an established company to improve their business processes, build capacity and grow their business.
In order to be eligible to participate in the FRONT program as a protégé, firms must fulfill the following requirements at the time of their application:
1. Perform design, construction, or related professional services as the primary function of their business.
2. Must be certified as an MBE by one of the following third-party agencies: North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA) or Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Council (DFW MSDC)
3. Must be a separate and distinct business entity, independent from the mentor.
4. Perform a commercially useful function.
5. Have a local presence, office, or business located within the DFW marketplace (i.e. Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties.)
If interested in teh program and/or need more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org