What to Expect

As a participant in this program, it is expected that both mentors and proteges will meet monthly (at minimum) to discuss the areas of interest for the protege’s mentorship needs.

In addition to monthly meetings with mentors, there will be structured curriculum (modules) divided into two tracks that are focused on construction-related firms and a non-construction related firms.  These modules are mandatory monthly sessions, facilitated by various UF departments and our community partners. Each module is comprised of 2-4 workshops discussing detailed information for protégé’s to learn how to successfully navigate the institution and offer key information to further develop and grow their business. Below is a tentative schedule of the 2022 UF Mentor Protégé Program.

Applications Available

September 2021


October 29, 2021

Mentor & Protégé selections

November 17, 2021 (tentative)

January | Kickoff Reception

Construction & Non-Construction Track (shared curriculum)
February | Module One: Introduction to the University of Florida
March | 2021 Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange (2020 Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange)
April | Module Two: Connecting with the Gator Nation
May | Module Three: Leadership with a Purpose
June | Module Four: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
July | Module Five: Financial Success
August | Small Business Bus Tour

Construction & Non-Construction Track (separate curriculum)
September | Module Six: Closing the Deal
October | Module Seven: Creating a Loyal Customer
November | Program Graduation

Are you interested in participating in the Mentor Protégé Program and have additional questions? Contact us today sbsd@admin.ufl.edu or call (352)392-0380