What is the NVSBC's Mentor-Cohort Program?

  The National Veteran Small Business Coalition’s (NVSBCs) Mentor-Cohort program is designed to:
  • Broaden community engagement, knitting regional veteran business owner ecosystems together:
    • seeking the aide and involvement of large government prime contractors, federal agencies, and trustworthy service providers and supporters.
  • Be geographically focused and support those who experience barriers to entry in the government contracting space. 
  • Provide in-person and virtual training and engagement activities that nurture and advance a healthy business ecosystem.

Within the Program:  

  • Local cohorts receive a tailored curriculum that focuses on procurement, business readiness, and finance.   
  • NVSBC's Senior Fellows (Mentors) and Fellows (Mentees) create and evolve into support networks:
    • working together to apply a learned curriculum that focuses on individual business needs and goals.

Regional Mentor-Cohorts will be launched in the following NVSBC's "Communities of Interest":

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dayton, OH
  • DC Metro Area
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • Tampa, FL

 Our Regional Mentor-Cohorts application timelines and “tentative” launch dates:

Regional Cohorts Communities of Interest

Hampton Roads, VA

Tampa, FL

Huntsville, AL

San Diego, CA

Colorado Springs, CO

Philadelphia, PA

San Antonio, TX

Dayton, OH

Application Open Date (by region)

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

Application Close Date (by region)

June 14, 2024

August 1, 2024

August 1, 2024

August 15, 2024

August 15, 2024

October 15, 2024

October 15, 2024

October 31, 2024

"Tentative" Regional Launch Dates

August 1, 2024

September 25, 2024

October 3, 2024

October 22, 2024

October 30, 2024

December 11, 2024

December 17, 2024

January, 2025


Qualifications of a Fellow (Mentee) Company: 

  • have an established business.
  • be registered in SAM.gov.
  • be either a VOSB or SDVOSB.
  • be SBA certified and verified as either a VOSB or SDVOSB.
  • not be currently participating in a Mentor-Protege program, i.e. being mentored in either the Federal or Large Prime Contractor sector.
  • participate in NVSBC networking events; once onboarded into the mentor-cohort program, attending at least 2 to 4 quarterly events.
  • have zero (0) Federal or Large Prime Contracts.
  • be longer than one (1) year since receiving Federal or Large Prime Contracts.
  • have $100k or less federal annual revenue.
  • experience barriers in the GovCon sector.








 Qualifications of a Senior Fellow (Mentor) Company: 

Identified and selected from the NVSBC network of GovCon experts and highly successful VOSB and SDVOSB owners.  Senior Fellows are recommended to Fellow business owners by the NVSBC staff allowing for personal introductions and the NVSBC “personal touch”. 

To be Considered for the Role of Senior Fellow:  You must ... 

  • be interested in being a mentor. 
  • have time to devote to being a mentor. 
  • have a company that is established and is currently receiving Federal Contracts or Large Prime Contracts in the Federal GovCon arena. 
  • have a company that is registered in SAM.gov. 
A Primary Senior Fellow company may have no more than 3 Fellow companies. 
A SME Senior Fellow company or individual; may have numerous Fellows; dependent upon the subject / topic of assistance. 



Interested in being a NVSBC Fellow (Mentee) or a NVSBC Senior Fellow (Mentor)?

If so, Click the "Interested in Mentor-Cohort Program" button below to start the intake process!

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