Event Brings Small Businesses and Government Buyers Together

Sep 27, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Dan Bowerman
Ohio Department of Development

 

 

Small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government buyers at the local, state, and federal level in the virtual 2021 Ohio Business Matchmaker.

The largest small business-to-government contracting event in the state will be conducted in an online format again in 2021 on Nov. 17 and 18.

Since 2006, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development have partnered to connect suppliers to city, county, state, and federal agencies, and large prime contractors seeking to do buy from small businesses, including MBE/EDGE, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, 8(a), and HUBZone-certified businesses.

Government agencies and prime contractors can register for free. Small businesses can register for $35.

Small businesses can sign up for one-on-one scheduled matchmaking sessions. In addition, small businesses are urged to prepare for the Ohio Business Matchmaker with a series of webinars on how to do business with government agencies.

To register for the 2021 Ohio Business Matchmaker and webinars, visit ohiobusinessmatchmaker.com.

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OEDA 2022 Annual Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized statewide!

A panel of judges will evaluate the nominations, determine finalists, and select a winner for each of the categories noted below.  Award winners will be announced in conjunction with the 2022 OEDA Annual Summit, being held October 3-6 at the Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin, Ohio. 

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