Cadence Group Selected for Georgia 2008-2009 Governor's Mentor Protégé Program

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Selected from numerous applicants, Cadence Group was chosen to become a protégé of Hardin Construction in the Georgia Governor's prestigious program

Cadence Group®, an information and records management firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, is pleased to announce it has been selected to participate in the Georgia 2008-2009 Governor's Mentor Protégé Program.

This first-of-its-kind program teams prospering companies that have proven competencies in business, technology, and the development of sophisticated business solutions with smaller, emerging Georgia-based businesses to increase the odds for success. Entrepreneurs gain the tools and techniques to improve their operations, create valuable business alliances and accelerate growth, while established companies find new opportunities, partners, and markets.

The program is primarily sponsored by the State of Georgia. Additionally, eight of the state's most respected and successful companies provide financial and in-kind assistance to support the program, and serve as corporate sponsors: GE Energy, Georgia Power, Hardin Construction Company, Lockheed Martin, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting Systems and UPS. These companies and others have helped more than 125 small businesses meet their specific challenges and develop the tools they need to succeed.

The 2008-2009 program began with a competitive application and review process. Protégé companies were evaluated to determine the most critical areas for improvement and then matched with Mentor companies possessing the expertise, resources and leadership to best guide their success. During the program, the Mentor-Protégé team identifies strategies for accelerating growth, securing necessary resources and entering target markets. At the end of the cycle, Protégés exit the program and are empowered to grow and thrive.

In addition to the guidance provided by the Mentors, Protégé companies can take advantage of a network of technical assistance and training providers who focus on building capacity and providing access to capital.

"We are excited and honored to participate in this prestigious program that gives entrepreneurs a boost from some of the most successful companies in the state," stated Cadence Group CEO and president, Tina Baker. "We look forward to getting started with our mentor, Hardin Construction Company, a leading general contractor and construction manager in the United States. We know executives at Hardin have much to share in both business and community leadership."

For more information about the 2008-2009 Governor's Mentor Protégé Program in Georgia, go to http://www.georgia.org/Business/SmallBusiness/mentor_protege.htm.

About Cadence Group
Formed in 1988, Cadence Group is a women-owned and WBE-certified information and records management company headquartered in Atlanta with satellite offices in Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Clients range from Fortune 500 companies to large government agencies. Cadence Group serves a broad range of industries such as telecommunications, healthcare, finance, retail, manufacturing, energy, airlines, law firms, and federal and state government agencies.

For more information about Cadence Group, go to http://www.cadence-group.com. For information about Cadence Group's on-demand research service, go to http://www.cg-research.com.

About Hardin Construction Company
Founded in 1946, Hardin Construction Company is a leading general contractor and construction manager in the United States and has consistently been in the forefront of its industry for years. With offices in Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Raleigh, N.C., and Austin, Texas, Hardin Construction provides comprehensive construction services including general construction, construction management, design-build, renovation and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) management. A privately-held company, Hardin Construction provides services in markets such as retail, hospitality, residential, office, education, healthcare, and public assembly. For more information, visit http://www.hardinconstruction.com.

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