Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Matchmaker events in NY, CT, MA, NH, and VT

Recently, a client asked Judy Wolf, the NY SBDC's Government Contracting Coordinator, if there was a source the compiled information on all matchmaker events taking place in NY, CT, MA, NH, and VT. 

Unfortunately, she wasn't aware of such a resource. Fortunately (for the rest of us), she pulled together some really useful information for those states.

From Judy:

In NYS, matchmaker events tend to be coordinated on an agency-by-agency basis. For NY, I'd recommend getting on the mailing lists for the agencies that most frequently organize them, such as the regional PTACs and the SBA.

I do know of the following:

•    March 28 North Country PTAC Matchmaker in Watertown: http://www.wbenc.org/calendar-all/2017/3/28/2017-north-county-ptac-matchmaker-ny
•    The SBA Albany Matchmaker this year is June 20: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ny/syracuse/resources/albany-matchmaker-expo
•    The SBA Buffalo Matchmaker looks like it's going to be May 10 this year
•    The Monroe County PTAC is holding a matchmaker Oct 25 this year. Information will be posted on their web site.
•    The NY SBDC will be working with Supplier Connection to host a matchmaker event with private industry in the fall, so stay tuned for that!
•    There's a DoD Northeast regional matchmaker event taking place in RI on Mar 23: http://www.ribusinessmatch2017.org

I also contacted the following asking about any known resources compiling matchmaker events in the other states you listed:

•    VT PTAC: I spoke with a rep who said that they typically partner on the various matchmakers held in VT, so their web site (http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/programs/ptac) is a good one to keep an eye on. The Chamber is holding a matchmaker Manufactured in VT (http://manufacturedinvt.com) on Sep 27 in Essex Junction if you want to take a look at that one.
•    NH: The best contact is the NH Economic Development Government Contracting Assistance Center. Their web site is http://www.nheconomy.com/sell-to-the-government, and they hold an annual statewide matchmaker each December.

In case they're useful to you, here are the PTAC web sites:

•    NY PTACs: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/?state=NY
•    VT PTACs: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/?state=VT
•    CT PTACs: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/?state=CT
•    MA PTACs: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/?state=MA
•    NH PTACs: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/?state=NH
•    Here's a listing of their current trainings/events highlighted nationwide: http://www.aptac-us.org/contracting-assistance/ptac-training-events/

And SBA district office web sites:

•    SBA Syracuse (usually holds the Albany Matchmaker in June): https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ny/syracuse
•    SBA Buffalo (typically holds one around Small Business Week; looks like it's going to be May 10 this year): https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ny/buffalo
•    Here are all the SBA district offices nationwide: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices

Thanks Judy!  For more information on NYS events, the NYSBDC procurement team maintains a event calendar on our website: http://www.nysbdc.org/procurement.html

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