The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program will host a networking event Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The event will feature a panel of local purchasing departments and local businesses who will discuss their purchasing methods.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute will moderate, and the Packers, Oshkosh Corporation and Fincantieri Marinette Marine will be part of the panel, as well as a veteran-owned business and a minority woman-owned business. The National Minority Council will also be in attendance.

Following the discussion, there will be time for networking to give attendees the opportunity to meet with the panel representatives one-on-one, as well as interact with other area businesses.

Any local business professional who wishes to know more about the program or network with other professionals in the area is encouraged to attend. 

To RSVP for the event, please contact Evelina Kostova at aff@affresearch.com or 920-884-5006 by Monday, Sept. 19. The Packers Mentor-Protégé Program is currently in its sixth session, but those who are interested in the program and may apply in the future are encouraged to attend the event. To learn more about the program, please visit packers.com/mentorprotege.

The Packers Mentor-Protégé Program was established to pair emerging companies in northeastern Wisconsin with established, knowledgeable, and committed companies that can provide exposure, training, resources and experience. 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 are also considered. The program aims to foster relationships between area companies and business professionals in order to spark economic development and job creation. The Packers work with AFF Research, LLC, to administer the program.