Concept Software & Services, Inc. Named Among 26 Emerging Small Business Graduates of the 2015 Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program

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Alpharetta-based software development and IT staffing firm is paired with Iberia Bank as its corporate mentor

Concept Software & Services, Inc. (CSSI), an Alpharetta-based IT staffing and software development firm is named as a 2015 graduate of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program (GMPC). Concept successfully completed the 12-month GMPC mentorship program in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Georgia Tech’s Innovative Center and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSC). Sharing the spotlight with CSSI was 26 emerging small business graduates and 25 corporate mentors honored during the commencement program held on December 4, 2015 at UPS Corporate Headquarters.

“We are now much better prepared to deliver value and quality services to our corporate partners, remarks Ravindra Bhave, President & CEO of Concept Software & Services, Inc. “It has been a privilege to be a part of the best mentorship program in Georgia. Witnessing the interaction, learning and commitment of protégés and mentors has been truly amazing!”

The Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program is an initiative that partners with small and diverse businesses in Georgia and connects them to successful large companies to foster and enhance business development opportunities. The 2015 protégés were paired with corporate mentors and participated not only in one-on-one mentoring, but also were provided training, reporting sessions, and pitch and presentation guidance among the program’s many varied activities. “I am encouraged that programs like the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection make it possible for businesses of all types to experience strategic growth in Georgia,” states Randy Clark, Vice President of Iberia Bank and corporate mentor to Concept Software & Services. “It is exciting to see how mentor-protégé pairings can develop into meaningful, long-term relationships and provide great opportunities for protégés to benefit from the experiences of well-established, leading Georgia companies.” Iberia Bank served as a new 2015 sponsor of the Georgia’s Mentor Protégé Connection.

Throughout the 12-month program, GMPC protégés gain unlimited insight and leadership from their mentors allowing them to chart goals for successful growth. Mentors, in turn, not only gain new and quality suppliers but receive gratification of giving back to the business community and helping smaller companies take advantage of their potential.

About Concept Software & Services:

CSSI is an emerging IT staff augmentation firm and custom designer of quality software solutions. With expertise in today’s leading technologies, we have unique capabilities to staff in many different industries, including healthcare, entertainment, finance, transportation and retail. We focus heavily on mobile, analytics and cloud technologies with advance experienced in business intelligence, business process management, data warehousing, infrastructure, programming and web technologies. Our strategic relationships with leading organizations have provided us the experience to staff all across the nation and in global markets. We work with Fortune 500 organizations as strategic partners and are committed to helping small & diverse businesses to grow. To learn more,

About Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection:

The Mentor Protégé Connection is a business development partnership between the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), The Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). Emerging firms who are accepted into the program have an opportunity to make tremendous strides in areas such as business acumen, methods and procedures, competitiveness and capability. The ultimate goal of the MPC is to create jobs and spur economic growth throughout the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) through building the capacity of small business firms. For more information, visit:

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