Tuesday was the big day! Our President and CEO, Jennifer Scully, graduated!
No, she didn't go back to college for another degree; it was from the Georgia
Mentor Protege Connection!
The Georgia Mentor Protege Connection is put on by the
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) with the Georgia
Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Georgia Tech's Enterprise
Innovation Institute each year! How it works is every year, smaller firms apply
to be mentored by successful, larger companies. They go through a rigorous
application process and are then matched up with an appropriate mentor.
Last year, Clinical Resources was matched up with
Wells-Fargo. Jennifer's mentor was Lesley Fluke, VP, Principal of Business Banking. The encompassing goal of the program is to create jobs and spur
economic growth throughout Georgia by growing small business, like ours. And
how appropriate that it is the 50th Annual Small Business Week?
Over the past 12 months, Jennifer has assessed her past and
present with her mentor in order to plan for the future. During the program,
they have met on numerous occasions to report and analyze progresss and take
all the steps necessary to achieve their 3 set goals.
Proteges are paired with mentors from successful companies headquartered in Georgia or companies that have a heavy presence here. They are not limited to any one industry, and have a well-rounded image. Many of them have already been long-standing partners with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. The relationships the proteges develop with their mentors and can be integral in helping the smaller firms grow.
The timeline of the program looked like this:
June - Mentor/Protege Orientation at the Coca-Cola Company
July - Reporting Session 1 and Educational Forum on
September - Reporting Session 2 and Educational Forum on
November - Reporting Session 3 and Educational Forum on
January - Reporting Session 4 and Educational Forum on
March - Annual Retreat & Expo on Technology
April - GMSDC Minority Business Summit and Business
May - Reporting Session 5 and Educational Forum on
Operations & Infrastructure
June - Graduation Ceremony hosted by Delta Air Lines
With networking events in August, October and February
"The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection is a business
development partnership between the State of Georgia and the Georgia Institute
of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute administered by Georgia
Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). It provides opportunities for
Georgia small businesses to benefit from a partnership with a corporate mentor
for a period of one year. Emerging firms can build relationships, explore new
technologies, learn about best practices and benefit from the wisdom of
corporate executives who are committed to the long-term health and overall
growth of small businesses in Georgia. The goal of the program is to help small
businesses to be successful over the long haul, by helping them to develop
capacity, enhance their skill sets and become more competitive. Research has
shown that access to the right kind of coaching and mentoring significantly
increases the success rate in small business, while both the mentor and the
protégé benefit tremendously from their interaction."
Last night, we had a mixer at the office after hours to catch up with our GMPC friends!