Office of Business Opportunity

Interagency Mentor Protege Program

Interagency Mentor Protégé Program The City of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston Independent School District, Port Houston, Houston Community College, and Harris Health System has teamed together for the Interagency Mentor Protégé Program (IMPP).  IMPP exists to strengthen effective working relationships and fosters long term stability between established companies and local agencies with emerging historically underutilized businesses. The goals of IMPP is to enhance the business skills and broaden the base of historically underutilized businesses by providing the knowledge and experience of established firms.

Benefits for participating in IMPP include but not limited to:

  • Understanding your business financials and bidding
  • Create and strengthen working relationships between established and emerging companies
  • Understanding of how to do business with local government agencies
  • Technical Assistance in specific areas for protégés

Program Requirements

  • Currently certified with a current registration as a Small, Women-owned, Veteran-owned, Minority-owned or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise with any or all of the partnering agencies: City of Houston, METRO, Port Houston, HISD, HCC, or Harris Health System.
  • Business in continuous operation for at the last 24 months
  • Annual business revenue average between $150,000 and $4.0 million in the past three years
  • Business with a minimum of four employees
  • Must be able to commit to nine workshops
  • Must be able to identify the type of guidance needed for development 
  • Note: You may be asked to submit documents to verify or add to information on your application.  Failure to submit verifying documents could result in the disqualification of your application.

Program Details

Program Length: 10 Weeks
Class Time: 6:00-8:00PM Every Tuesday
Location: Hybrid
Applications Accepted: March 1 to 30, 2024
Program Start Date: May 7, 2024

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Participating Agencies

Office of Business Opportunity METRO

Houston Independent School District Port Houston

Houston Community College Houston Public Works Harris health

PLEASE NOTE: *IMPP is neither designed nor intended to meet any legal standards set by federal, state, local or other public agencies. Participation in IMPP IS NOT a guarantee of a contracting opportunity with any participating or sponsoring organization.*