Thursday, March 29, 2012

Make a Match

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference series that 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.

Small disadvantaged businesses and 8(a) firms interested in attending must register at: Approximately 300 small businesses will be matched prior to their meetings based on their compatibility.

The upcoming conference cities are scheduled as follows:

•       Chicago, Ill. (April 5)
•       Denver, Colo. (April 11)
•       Boston, Mass. (May 10)
•       Newark, N.J. (May 23)
•       Seattle, Wash. (June 7)
•       Kansas City, Mo. (June 21)
•       Sacramento, Calif. (July 24)
•       Cleveland, Ohio (August 7)

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