Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
Business Matchmaking - A Partnership between the Small Business Administration and HP
This fall, small businesses in northeast Wisconsin will have a unique opportunity that is normally relegated to distinct geographical areas such as the Washington DC Beltway, or a city where a major corporation is located. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is co-sponsoring a regional Business Matchmaking event in Milwaukee on September 14, 2005. Business Matchmaking combines education and training with face-to-face meetings between small business owners and managers with procurement representatives of large companies and federal, state and local agencies.
To participate in the Matchmaking event, a business needs to spend time ensuring it is adequately prepared. It must be registered with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the federal government's database. In addition, many companies succeed in the Matchmaking program because they are certified as an 8(a), Minority, Disabled Veteran and/or HUB Zone company. Small businesses with two or more years' experience and ten or more employees are most likely to be successful at securing contracts through the Business Matchmaking event.
There is no charge for attending the Business Matchmaking event. Registration Pass Codes are available on a first come, first serve basis from the host SBA district office and its resource partners. For more information about Business Matchmaking, go to www.businessmatchmaking.com. In addition to the information on that website there are other informational websites linked from the Business Matchmaking site. Please register in the CCR database if you haven't already done so. Contact the SBA or the FVTC/UWO Venture Center (920-735-2594) for more information about Business Matchmaking.
Here are some comments from small business owners and representatives who have attended past Business Matchmaking events:
For more info about Matchmaking, contact the SBA or call Amy Pietsch at the Venture Center, 920-735-2594.
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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.