It’s what many small business owners only dream of — adding a Fortune 500 company or good old Uncle Sam to their client list. Well, if you’re based in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas or Little Rock, your chances just got better to do just that.
Business Matchmaking is a public-private partnership sponsored by SCORE and HP in cooperation with other leading corporations. It brings together buyers from all federal agencies and many Fortune 500 companies to meet with small businesses offering various products and services. Business Matchmaking has, through regional events held all across the country and in online sessions, generated more than 50,000 one-on-one appointments resulting in more than $750 million in contracting opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Wow! The next company added to that list could be yours. Get your calendar ready.
Four regional Business Matchmaking events are planned for 2007: Atlanta on April 17, Chicago on Aug. 28, Dallas during October, and Little Rock, Ark. on Dec. 11.
If you can’t make a face-to-face event, don’t dispair. This past year, Business Matchmaking added an online network. This online resource offers web-based educational tools including the Virtual Business Matchmaking Workshop, monthly “webinars” featuring procurement and supplier diversity experts, access to important downloads of articles and links to helpful resources.
Complete details on Business Matchmaking, including the 2007 schedule and the new online network, may be found at www.businessmatchmaking.com