Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications for the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in 2016 and has seen a surge in applications in each successive year.

Under the ASMPP, any small business – including 8(a) small businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB/SDVOSBs), woman-owned and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small businesses (WOSBs/EDWOSBs) – may enter into an agreement with a large business under which the large business will provide mentorship and assistance. In return, the large and small businesses are permitted to joint venture to perform federal small business set-aside contracts.

As of mid-year 2020, below are some fast figures about the ASMPP, as reported by the SBA, that both large and small businesses need to know:


At least 1,071 different ASMPP agreements have been approved


At least 248 of the 1,071 SBA-approved ASMPP agreements were approved under the protégé’s secondary – rather than primary – North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code


At least 410 of the ASMPP participants are 8(a) small businesses


At least 430 of the ASMPP participants are SDVOSBs


At least 172 of the ASMPP participants are HUBZone companies


At least 187 of the ASMPP participants are EDWOSBs


At least 145 of the ASMPP participants are small businesses without any other set-aside status


Approved ASMPP agreements encompass at least 128 unique primary or secondary NAICS codes within 15 industry sectors


ASMPP participants are based or incorporated in 50 different U.S. states and territories

Number of SBA-Approved ASMPP Agreements by Year

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program 2020 Mid-Year Report


Distribution of NAICS Codes in SBA-Approved ASMPP Agreements by Industry Sector

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program 2020 Mid-Year Report


Geographical Distribution of SBA-Approved ASMPP Agreements

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program 2020 Mid-Year Report

Special thanks to summer associate Gabby Sprio, who assisted in the authorship of and graphics found in this blog post.