SBA Hosts 14-City Matchmaker Events to Connect Small Businesses with Teaming & Federal Contracts
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host the
fourth of its free Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference series in Los Angeles,
Calif., on March 21. The program gives
small disadvantaged businesses access to guidance on federal contracting,
face-to-face meetings and opportunities to team with larger businesses and
graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program.
During the forums, small businesses will learn how to
market themselves to the federal government and go after government contracting
opportunities. They will also get an
overview of the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program – a tool of the SBA’s 8(a) program
that encourages mentors to team with a protégé or smaller firm to help them
with management and technical assistance, financial assistance and access to
joint ventures and federal contracting opportunities.
"Although we are encouraged by the economic indicators
trending upward, we are still facing challenging economic times,” said SBA
Administrator Karen Mills. "That’s why
it’s important that we make sure that more federal contracts get into the hands
of small businesses that drive the nation’s economy and create jobs. These forums will go a long way in making
sure that small businesses know how to leverage their companies and team with
viable partners to take their businesses to the next level.”
The forums will also feature a discussion of strategic
alliance and joint venture opportunities, a Q&A session and face-to-face
and virtual business matchmaking sessions with larger businesses and companies
that have graduated from the 8(a) program.
Small disadvantaged businesses and 8(a) firms interested
in attending must register at: http://sba.mybusinessmatches.com/buyers/generalinfo.
Approximately 300 small businesses will be matched prior to their meetings
based on their compatibility.
The first four matchmaking conferences took place in
Washington, D.C., in January; in Atlanta, Ga., and Orlando, Fla., in
February and in Los Angeles in March. The list of the remaining
cities scheduled is as follows:
Texas (March 27)
Antonio, Texas (March 29)
Ill. (April 5)
Colo. (April 11)
Mass. (May 10)
N.J. (May 23)
Wash. (June 7)
City, Mo. (June 21)
Calif. (July 24)
Ohio (August 7)
For more information about the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé
program, visit: www.sba.gov/content/mentor-protégé-program
and to learn more about the Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference, visit: http://sba.mybusinessmatches.com/buyers/generalinfo.