On Friday morning, I’ll be back in Oak Ridge. We’ve partnered with the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), and I’ll be presenting, “How to Prepare for and Take Advantage of SBA’s Expansion of the Mentor Protégé Program.” I plan to provide an overview of SBA’s proposed rule that will dramatically reshape Mentor Protégé programs within the federal government, and provide some tips on how to get ready for final implementation and roll-out of the new program. The presentation will also highlight some of the unique changes being proposed by SBA, including the expanded affiliation exception for joint ventures, and how large and small businesses can take steps now to prepare for the expanded opportunities under the new program. The Friday ETEC meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. EST, details here. If you’re an early bird and in the area, please join us!