Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) welcomed its first participants in the new Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program: INDUS Corporation and Miracle Systems Incorporated. Launched by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in April, the program enhances the capability of small and disadvantaged business owners to successfully compete for and perform in federal contracts through increased developmental assistance, access to DOT procurement programs and subcontracting opportunities.
INDUS Corporation is a DOT prime contractor based in Vienna, Va., specializing in Information Technology (IT) solutions for federal, civilian, homeland security, defense and intelligence organizations. Miracle Systems Inc. is an 8(a) certified small disadvantaged business in Arlington, Va., that provides IT systems, software applications, and database services to the federal government. They each look forward to participating in the program.
Managed by the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), the Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program provides an opportunity for small businesses to create strategic alliances with successful prime contractors to receive technical assistance and move their businesses to the next level. More information about the OSDBU Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program is available online, at osdbu.dot.gov/Procurement/mentor-protege.cfm.