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2018 Propel Protege Application

To formally apply to be a protege in the Propel Mentor/Protege Program, please complete the application below. If accepted into the program you will be required to be an active member in your local Chamber of Commerce.   This is a two-year program for a select, small mastermind group.


  • Must be the ultimate decision maker for the business
  • Be in full operation for three or more years (exceptions can be made if applicant can show applicable business experience)
  • Be generating annual gross sales of at least $100,000 (if not, a business plan is required prior to attending the first program session)
  • Agree to provide standard financial documents including balance sheet, income statement, and cash budget and/or business tax returns
  • Provide three business references that have known you in your current business capacity
  • Agree to Chamber membership for two years
  • Articulate clear, measurable goals with the assistance of a mentor
  • Have a passion to grow the business
  • Be willing to receive coaching from others
  • Attend one face-to-face meeting per month with mentor, and one mastermind group meeting per month


  • Chamber membership
  • Feature article in The Small Business Connection Magazine
  • Recognition at the annual KOSBE Awards gala
  • Website promotion listing all Mentor/Protege teams
  • Propel Protege nametag
  • Assigned to a Mentor from our KOSBE Advisory Council, made up of experts who have a vast amount of experience both wide and deep in creating an attractive business concept; establishing a strong organization; maintaining profitable operations; and building lasting customer relations

Each year, from the graduating class, one rural company and one urban company will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their efforts and results while participating in the program. Participants must attend meetings and sessions 90 percent of the time to be eligible for the cash prize.


There are 10 scholarships available (for 5 urban firms and 5 rural firms) valued at up to $1,000 each per year covering the total cost of the program.  This program is funded through a grant from the State of Tennessee's "LIFTTN" initiative in partnership with the Knoxville Chamber's Propel Mentor/Protege Program.  

The information provided in this application will be considered strictly confidential and will only be used by KOSBE to determine eligibility for the Propel Program. 

Application deadline for the 2018 class is May 11, 2018.

1. General Information
This question requires a valid email address.
This question requires a valid number format.
4. Number of employees (W-2)
This question requires a valid number format.
6. Revenue history *This question is required.
7. Certifications (Mark all that apply)
10. Are you the ultimate decision maker? *This question is required.
11. What is your business structure? *This question is required.
12. Does your company have a board of directors? *This question is required.
20. Acknowledgement & Verification
I verify my business is located within the Tri-Cities region. *This question is required.
Please type your initials
Please type your initials
Type your first and last name