The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program currently is seeking mentor and protégé applicants for its seventh year of partnerships to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding areas.

Protégé companies in the program will be matched with mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to improve their competitive standing. The program is open to all businesses, with a focus on minority-, woman-, veteran-, service-disabled veteran- or disabled person-owned businesses. The mentor-protégé relationship requires at least a 12-month commitment.

A meet-and-greet for current and prospective applicants will be held in Lambeau Field’s sixth floor indoor club area at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Attendees should enter through the Bellin Health Gate. The event will allow protégé companies to meet with potential mentors and discover if a match would be beneficial. To RSVP for the event, email aff@affresearch.com.

The program is administered by AFF Research LLC (AFFR). AFFR has consulted in the field of supplier diversity for 16 years, and has worked on the Lambeau Field redevelopment project and Atrium renovation project. AFFR assists their clients in designing and implementing comprehensive supplier diversity programs. They also provide guidance to entrepreneurs.

“We’re very excited about the continued growth of the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program for the seventh year,” said Anna Steinfest, President/CEO of AFF Research. “Through the program, local companies have come together to form lasting relationships that help foster business growth in northeast Wisconsin."

Those interested in the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program are also encouraged to attend program training camps and networking events, held frequently throughout the year. 

Six partnerships currently are engaged for the sixth session of the program: Allcox & Associates from Green Bay mentoring American Pride Industrial Equipment and Services from Green Bay; BE’S Coffee & Vending Services from Green Bay mentoring Big Daddy’s Specialty Products, LLC, from Green Bay; Elevate 97 from Green Bay mentoring Innovative Cost Solutions, Inc., from Green Bay; Mark Manske from Appleton mentoring Accent Custom Components (Perfect Peel) from Appleton, and PDJ Cutting and Fabricating from Manitowoc; and Packer Fastener from Green Bay mentoring D1 Green Bay from Green Bay.

Questions and requests for protégé and mentor applications should be directed to AFFR at 920-884-5006 or via e-mail at aff@affresearch.com. Applications also can be submitted online at http://www.affresearch.com/mentor-protege/.

More information on the Mentor-Protégé program can be found online at www.packers.com/mentorprotege.