The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program on Thursday recognized the success of the program’s sixth session participants with a celebration event at the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy congratulated participants at the event, which marked the program’s sixth year of pairing established mentor companies with growing protégé companies in the community, with five more protégé organizations joining the ranks of the program alumni.
In the six years since the program’s inception, more than 135 full and part-time jobs have been created across 32 protégé companies. These companies have also acquired a total of more than 2,500 new clients, and increased revenue by a total of $44 million.
The program matches established mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to protégés seeking to improve their competitive standing. Those partnerships aim to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding area.
Established in part to match up minority-owned, veteran-owned, or woman-owned businesses with experienced mentor companies, the program has continued to reach such businesses, with nine minority-owned, three veteran-owned and 11 woman-owned businesses participating as protégés in the last six years.
Thursday’s event also celebrated the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program’s “alumni group,” an ongoing gathering of past participants who come together to share tools and experiences and build business relationships.
The nine participants who received recognition for the sixth session are Allcox & Associates from Green Bay, American Pride Industrial Equipment and Services from Green Bay, BE’s Coffee & Vending Services from Green Bay, Innovative Cost Solutions, Inc., from Green Bay, Mark Manske from Appleton, Accent Custom Components (Perfect Peel) from Appleton, PDJ Cutting and Fabricating from Manitowoc, Packer Fastener from Green Bay and D1 Green Bay from Green Bay.
The Packers Mentor-Protégé Program is now in its seventh session, but those who are interested in the program and may apply in the future are encouraged to learn more about the program at http://packers.com/mentorprotege.