2017 Matchmaker sets up small businesses for success in reaching government contractors

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October 31, 2017
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The 2017 NH Small Business Matchmaker, scheduled for Friday, December 1 at Manchester Community College, is shaping up to be a successful day both for small businesses looking for government contracts and for exhibitors.

An annual event, the Matchmaker brings small businesses together with prime contractors and federal agencies. There is time to meet for a few minutes with targeted companies and agencies that are looking for small businesses with appropriate services or products that will fulfill their government contracts.

Small business resources are available during the day, as well, and several workshops on aspects of government contracting are offered. It is a full day for the attendees – registration even gets one breakfast, lunch and coffee.

Representatives from more than fifteen prime contractors and federal agencies have indicated that they will attend the 2017 event thus far.  Expectations are for up to 30 agencies and companies to be represented, including LTC Partners; Industrial Economics; Skillsoft; Rolls-Royce Marine North America; Raytheon; U.S. EPA, U.S. Corps of Army Engineers; U.S. DOL Office of Apprenticeship; Methuen Construction; L3 ESSCO, U.S. Air Force – Life Cycle Management Center - Hanscom AFB; U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; and BAE Systems – Electronic Systems.

If you have yet to participate in a Matchmaker, NH GovCon is offering two workshops to equip you with what you need to know to have a successful day. For more information and to register for the free sessions on Friday, November 3 at Nashua Community College and Wednesday, November 15 at the Department of Business and Economic Affairs in Concord, visit https://nhptap.ecenterdirect.com/events.

Last year, 238 people registered for the Matchmaker, representing 165 small businesses that connected with prime contractors, federal agencies, and NH small business resource organizations all in one day. Out of the 165 businesses, 28 were veteran owned, 19 service disabled veteran owned, 48 woman owned, 26 minority owned, and 5 were both woman owned and veteran owned entities.

The event is supported by BAE Systems, with additional support from Citizens Bank, and cosponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration, NH Government Contracting Assistance Center, and New Hampshire Small Business Development Center.

For more information and to register, visit www.nhsbdc.org/event/2017/12/2017-nh-small-business-matchmaker.