Propel Mentor/Protégé Program

Propel Mentor/Protégé Program

Investment, customers, and talent are crucial to small business success. While investment often equates to capital, at the Chamber, we believe it also translates into time.

Our Propel Mentor/Protégé Program pairs small businesses owned by women, veterans, and minorities with an established, community business leader for one-on-one assistance tailored to their specific goals and challenges.

Ideal protégé candidates meet the following criteria:

  • Established for three years or have ten years expertise in their field
  • Agree to Chamber investment for three years
  • Articulate clear, measurable growth with the assistance of a mentor
  • Passion to grow their business
  • Willingness to take instruction from others
  • Time commitment of one face-to-face meeting per month with mentor

The program accepts roughly 15 protégés and 15 mentors each year. For more information, contact Doug Minter, Director of Small Business Development, at (865) 246-2662 or

Applications for the class of 2022 are now closed.

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