Helping Small Businesses
Allied Technology is committed to helping small businesses.
The impediments that Allied Technology encountered and the efforts it took to grow into a respected provider of Information Technology services is deeply embedded into our corporate memory. We believe that we have an obligation to “pass on” the help we received to new companies embarking on a similar path. Consequently, Allied Technology established and maintains a Mentor – Protégé program to support and encourage new entries to the IT market.
Allied Technology operates a two-phased Mentor – Protégé program: one, a formal program under the requirements of the federal Small Business Administration; and two, our own, expanded program, under which we provide support based on the need and capability of the small business.
Our Mentor – Protégé program is a process that identifies potential candidates, enters into support agreements with selected candidates, then provides the support needed to help our protégé become an effective competitor. The support we provide includes –
- Training in “How to Do Business with the Government”
- Discussing approaches for identifying leads and qualifying opportunities
- Supporting marketing efforts through strategy discussions and joint customer calls
- Providing access to our in place state and federal government contracts
- Providing assistance in complying with government reporting requirements
- Providing assistance in developing quality assurance procedures
- Serving as a resource backup for surge and spike requirements to ensure potential customers that contracted work will be successfully completed
- Inclusion in Allied Technology proposal efforts
- Providing support in defining and implementing government acceptable accounting and billing systems
Our commitment to helping small business is demonstrated by the efforts of our founder and owner, Dr. Matthew Lee. Dr. Lee served on the Maryland Governors Commission on Minority Business Enterprise Reform in 2003, co-chaired the Committee on Access to Capital and Credit, and from 2004 through 2006 served as a member of the Governor’s Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses.