Two participants in the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program have received business awards at the Marketplace Conference, the governor’s conference on minority business development.

Presented during October’s conference, the awards recognize outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans statewide. The conference awards are aimed at honoring established businesses throughout Wisconsin that have grown over the past five years and have plans for continued future growth, as well as businesses established in the last four years that have demonstrated strong potential.

Nicki Bowman, whose company, Bowman Performance Consulting, was a participant in the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program in 2012, received the governor’s award for Outstanding Small Minority Business Enterprise at the Marketplace Conference this year. Tricia Rose, of Rose Publications, was recognized as a runner-up for the Outstanding Small Woman Business Enterprise award. Rose Publications is involved in the current session of the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program.

Rose is also nominated for the Emerging Business Award with the Wisconsin Small Business Awards, as well as an Ethics Award with the Better Business Bureau. 

The Packers Mentor-Protégé Program was established to pair emerging companies in northeastern Wisconsin with established, knowledgeable, and committed companies. The program places an emphasis on minority- or woman-owned small businesses, as well as veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned and disabled persons-owned companies, but other companies will be considered as well. Mentor companies can provide exposure, appropriate training, resources and experience not readily available to the protégé companies. AFF Research, LLC, is the administrator of the program.

More information about the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program can be found online at www.packers.com/mentorprotege.