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MorganFranklin, Blake Willson Group to Collaborate Under U.S. SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé Program


D.C.-based consulting firm and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business CPA firm announce collaboration under new program designed to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts.

McLean, Virginia – December 6, 2016
MorganFranklin Consulting and Blake Willson GroupMorganFranklin Consulting, a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor, and Blake Willson Group (BWG), a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) CPA firm, announced the firms' acceptance into the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. As part of the program, MorganFranklin will serve as mentor for BWG to develop the protégé firm through mentor-provided business development assistance and to help the protégé successfully compete for government contracts.

"MorganFranklin is thrilled to collaborate with Blake Willson Group in this capacity, and we are eager to work hand in hand with BWG while strengthening our commitment to the development of small businesses and supporting the missions of the departments and agencies they serve," said Frank Landefeld, Managing Director & Public Sector Market Leader at MorganFranklin. "Because we remember what it is like to be a small business, it is important to us to share our experience by providing guidance and opportunities for small businesses. This initiative gives us that chance while also enhancing the services both firms deliver to the U.S. government."

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the SBA to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. Rather than creating separate programs for each constituency—SDVOSB, Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB), and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)—the SBA chose to create a single, all-inclusive mentor-protégé program modeled on the successful mentor-protégé program available to participants in its 8(a) program. Under the new program, mentor-provided assistance can be sought for activities including management, technical, financial, contracting, trade education, business development, and general or administrative assistance.

"Small businesses provide vital services to our government and play an integral role in the success of the American economy," said RJ Blake, President & CEO of Blake Willson Group, who was first introduced to MorganFranklin through the firms' shared commitment to supporting the American Heart Association. "We are excited to collaborate with MorganFranklin under this new initiative, and we believe the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program will be incredibly beneficial for both firms and serve as a model for increasing small-business participation in the government."

For more information about the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, visit www.sba.gov/navigation-structure/all-small-mentor-protege-program.

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About Blake Willson Group

Blake Willson Group is a licensed CPA firm with a skilled team of dynamic individuals dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, and forward-thinking solutions to customers. Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, the practice holds Department of VA-certified (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status. www.blakewillsongroup.com.

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About MorganFranklin Consulting

MorganFranklin is a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor. The company provides strategic thinking and hands-on support to help public companies, fast-growing private companies, and government clients manage growth and maximize performance. The firm delivers strategy, accounting and transaction services, risk and compliance, and information management and technology solutions. MorganFranklin is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area and has supported clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
www.morganfranklin.com

MorganFranklin Consulting is the brand name referring to the global organization of MorganFranklin, Inc. and its subsidiary MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC.