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Business matchmaking event to be held in Austin

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Advisory Number: 
MA16-35 SADO
Contact: 
Nina Ramon | 210-403-5920

SADO ASI Partners

 

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office is launching an American Supplier Initiative (ASI) event designed to increase commercial supply chain opportunities for small businesses.

The business matchmaking event is in partnership with Huston Tillotson University, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Peoplefund, and will be held at the Huston Tillotson University Student Union, located in Austin, on September 15, 2016.

This American Supplier Initiative event will allow local small businesses to meet with corporate buyers and explore supply chain opportunities thus embark on a path that could pay real dividends to small business growth. 

“We are here to increase access to opportunities, capital, and procurement” said Mark Madrid, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, at the event’s press conference. “We are excited to bring small business owners and to directly link them to procurement sources - that is what this [event] is all about.”

Corporate buyers participating in the event include Hensel Phelps, Lockheed Martin, Capital Metro, IBM, Turner Construction, Southwest Research Institute, DMooney Enterprises, DPR Construction, Dell, and Siemens.

“SBA has always enjoyed strong partnerships with our local chambers and economic development organizations to create opportunities like this American Supplier Initiative event to strengthen small businesses,” said South Central Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez.  “When small businesses diversify their business and gain access to supply chain opportunities, their revenues increase by more than 250 percent and their employment increases by 150 percent.”

Small businesses are critical to building America’s future, as well as our economic strength and stability. They are a key component to helping the United States stay competitive in today's global marketplace.

“SBA is committed to connecting small businesses with large corporations which can result in improving the local economy and creating good paying jobs in our communities,” said Olivarez.

 

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