DynCorp International is an active supporter of small businesses throughout the United States and around the world, participating in the Department of Defense’s small business partnership Mentor Protégé Program. In this program, DynCorp International works closely with CenterScope Technologies (CSTI) to help them grow and succeed.
Daniel Lebeaux, DI Contract Administrator for the Contracts Essential Services Group, recently traveled to India and Dubai to help CSTI in streamlining its invoicing processes. Lebeaux worked with CSTI’s leadership to assess and maximize effectiveness of the company’s systems, allowing CSTI to optimize opportunities.
The Mentor Protégé Program
Since 1991, the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) has offered substantial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses. By helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation, more jobs and increased national income can be produced.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses (protégés) successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (mentors) under individual, project-based agreements.
Traditionally, these partnerships have delivered a variety of products and services specialized in: environmental remediation, engineering services, information technology, manufacturing, telecommunications and health care. Recently, new Mentor-Protégé agreements have focused on corrosion engineering, information assurance, robotics, circuit board and metal component manufacturing. The DoD hopes that future agreements will focus on new technology areas such as radio frequency identification devices and enhanced security assurance.
Many mentor firms have made the program an integral part of their sourcing plans; while the protégé firms have used their involvement in the program to develop much needed business and technical capabilities to diversify their customer base. Protégé participants have established long-term business relationships with providers of government and commercial goods and services.
Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD.
Mentors provide protégé companies with business development and technical assistance in the following ways:
- Management support and assistance
- Enhancing technical capabilities through training
- Providing subcontracting opportunities
- Financial management assistance
- Business infrastructure guidance
- Introduction to new markets
- Donating time and equipment
CenterScope Technologies (CSTI) is certified as an 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant. CSTI offers expertise in the following areas:
- Engineering and Acquisition
- Knowledge Management
- International Support
- Logistics and Base Operations