Connect with new procurement opportunities and resources, speed-dating style.
By now you know that connecting with contracting officers and getting some one-on-one time with the right people at the right agencies / companies is key to growing your contracting business. (And if you didn’t know that, please call one of our procurement specialists immediately!) Our Matchmaker events give you a series of 15-minute one-on-one sessions with government and corporate buyers from across the state and Gulf Coast. How simple is it? We’ll let you know which agencies, primes, and corporations are attending, and you simply let us know which ones you want to meet. We’ll make the appointments, you do what you do best: pitch your company.
Sign-ups are done on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to deny a meeting request; If NASA is looking for jet propulsion technology, and you have a lawn care service, no one would walk away from that meeting very happy. We value the time investment that our ‘buyers’ make, and we want to connect small businesses with the contracting personnel most likely to buy that product or service. Does NASA have grass? Yes. Does the buyer at the next matchmaker have anything to do with procuring that service? Possibly not.
If you are just starting up, or not quite ready to do business with the big names in public and private procurement, the Matchmaker can connect you with smaller companies for potential contracting opportunities and teaming agreements. Plus, most of our matchmaking events include a training component or presentation at the beginning of the program. You can hear directly from experienced contractors, and from the contracting officers. If you think Matchmakers are just about mingling, you are in the wrong spot; these are intentional and focused meetings. We provide training before the matchmaker, and can help with follow-up afterwards. Our certified procurement specialists are on hand to provide you with expert guidance in the world of contracting, and can even set you up with additional services your business may need to pursue government contracting, like accounting and bonding. For a list of upcoming matchmaker events in your area, please refer to our calendar, or call us today.
Who Attends Matchmakers?
Our matchmakers are attended by a wide variety of buyers: Federal, state, and local governments, large prime contractors, constructions companies, technology & software companies, aerospace & defense, automotive manufacturing, accounting & consulting companies, and many more. Here is a partial list of the companies and organizations that have participated in one of our matchmaker events:
Anniston Army Depot
Army Fleet Support
Barksdale Air Force Base
Corps of Engineers
Booz Allen Hamilton
Brasfield & Gorrie
Elbit Systems of America
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
General Services Administration
Gunter Air Force Base
Hargrove Engineers & Constructors
NASA – Marshall Space Center
Marine Corps Logistics
Missile Defense Agency
State of Alabama Purchasing
Teledyne Brown Engineering
Tyndall Air Force Base
US Army Aviation & Missile Command
US Forest Service
Plus many others from the federal, state, & local governments, and many private sector firms…
Minority Business Development & Contracting Set-Asides
Among the many small business development strategies, perhaps the most well-known are programs designed to encourage minority-owned business growth through facilitated participation in procurement opportunities at the federal / state / local and corporate levels. Procurement assistance programs for minority-owned businesses often include services such as technical training on government contracting and the bidding process, as well as notification of current bidding opportunities. The SBDC has assisted companies with SBA’s 8a program, which allows small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities to compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts. The SBDC has also worked with large corporations interested in building a more diverse pool of strong vendors; for example, the annual GrowSmart program, supported in part by the Supplier Diversity team at the Southern Company, prepares companies to do business with corporate partners.