LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Business Matchmaking, the Los Angeles based leading non-profit small business procurement organization, has been selected to produce a one-on-one selling program at the annual Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) national convention for the fifth consecutive year.
Some 3,500 minority, women and disabled veteran small business owners are expected to attend the OSDBU event on April 21st in suburban Washington, DC to meet with government buyers and their prime contractors.
After arranging over 75,000 meetings between entrepreneurs and government and corporate buyers, BMM marks its seventh successful year with several billions of dollars in contracts granted.
“Business Matchmaking has done an exceptional job putting on events,” said David Sutton, a participating procurement expert from the U.S. Department of Justice. “Their ability to organize, get the right people and produce the desired results is well proven.”
On March 16th, 3,000 Native American tribal business owners will convene in Las Vegas for their 25th annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES). For the fourth consecutive year, Business Matchmaking is producing a procurement program at that Summit. Past programs have generated numerous contract opportunities.
At its procurement events, BMM routinely arranges as many as 1,500 meetings in a day. Business journalists have compared the fast paced matchmaking sessions to “entrepreneurial speed-dating.” Business Matchmaking’s proprietary technology has enabled a better than 90 percent match-rate, bringing together buyers and sellers focused on identical products and services.
“Current economic conditions make it more important than ever that small businesses have the opportunity to sell government agencies and major corporations,” said Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, a former OSDBU council member representing the US Department of Transportation, and now a small business procurement consultant. “Business Matchmaking has combined top technology and an experienced team of experts to provide a streamlined and efficient buyer-seller environment.”
Business Matchmaking also produces regional procurement events including those hosted by the General Services Administration and the Disabled Veterans Business Alliance, as well as procurement training workshops in cooperation with Small Business Development Centers and state and local governments.
Ann Marshall, BMM’s producer of the OSDBU and RES procurement events stated “Despite travel restrictions and budget concerns, we have a full slate of federal and local government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations representatives at both events.”
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