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Mentor Protégé 

The Illinois Department of Transportation believes that the strength of diversity lies in different perspectives and solutions. The Bureau of Small Business Enterprises helps to foster an environment where partnerships between emerging and established firms deliver value. 

Through IDOT’s Mentor Protégé Program, emerging and established businesses can connect to share skills, discuss best practices, and ensure mutual growth. This unique mentorship opportunity helps emerging DBEs learn to identify, pursue and manage IDOT contracts efficiently. IDOT encourages any certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and/or prime contractor who meets the minimum requirements of the program to submit an application.

If you would like to speak to a program representative about the program in general, a specific question or a suggestion, please call (217) 785-8750.

Construction

In response to the highway industry’s strong interest and to encourage maximum competition and enhance the capabilities of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses to perform highway construction projects, the Illinois Department of Transportation developed a Construction Mentor-Protégé Program that was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on September 12, 2006. The pilot program started in April 2007.

Learn More

We are pleased that you are interested in more information about the program. This section contains technical guidelines for those interested in IDOT’s Construction Mentor Protégé program.

IDOT encourages any certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm and/or prime contractor who meets the minimum requirements of the Program to submit an application.

How To Get Started

Thank you for your interest in the department’s Construction Mentor Protégé Program. In this section you will learn more information on implementation.

Forms

This section provides necessary forms/templates your firm will need to access/complete throughout the duration of the agreement.

Guides

Applications Submitting a Plan Agreement Approved Firms

Contact Us

We are hopeful that the information provided in our guidelines and implementation materials was sufficient but understand you may still have questions.

If you would like to speak to a program representative about the program in general, a specific question or a suggestion, please Contact the Office of Business & Workforce Diversity at 217/785-8750.

Engineering

The Engineering Mentor-Protégé Program was created in 2009 at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Please select from the following topic below to view more information.

Learn More

We are pleased that you are interested in more information about the program. This section contains technical guidelines for those interested in IDOT’s Mentor Protégé program for engineering consultants.

How to Get Started

Thank you for your interest in the department’s Engineering Mentor Protégé Program. In this section you will find implementation plan information.

Forms

This section provides necessary forms/templates your firm will need to access/complete throughout the duration of the agreement.

Submitting a Plan Compliance Reporting Required Assessments