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 membership 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are closed for the 2018-19 Protege class.
2016 Impact Report
Since its inception in 2008, Propel’s 72 participants had more than $61 million in total economic impact and created 728 jobs for the region.
Learn more about the program’s economic and individual contributions here, in the 2016 Impact Report.