Ohio’s Largest Small Business to Government Contracting Event Opens Door to Billions of Contract Dollars

Note to Editor: Early bird registration ends Sunday, March 31
Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Brooke DeCubellis, brooke.decubellis@sba.gov, 614-469-6860

What: 2019 Ohio Business Matchmaker

When: April 22-23

Where: Nutter Center, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton

Details: www.ohiobusinessmatchmaker.com

COLUMBUS – Small businesses seeking contracting opportunities at the local, state and federal level should register for the 2019 Ohio Business Matchmaker for an opportunity to “match” goods and services to participating buyers with combined budgets representing billions of dollars.

“The U.S government is the world’s single largest purchaser of goods and services. Events like the Ohio Business Matchmaker connect federal agencies to innovative small business owners which fuels the local economy,” said U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Director Everett Woodel. “In FY 17, the federal government awarded more than 57,000 contracts worth $2.3 billion to Ohio small businesses, supporting hundreds of jobs and business expansion.”

Since 2006, the SBA and the Ohio Development Services Agency have partnered on this event to connect potential qualified suppliers to city, county, state, federal agencies and other large contractors seeking MBE/EDGE, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, 8(a) and HUBZone certified businesses. This year’s matchmaker will include training opportunities for small businesses on the afternoon of Monday, April 22. The matchmaking event will be Tuesday, April 23, with opportunities for one-on-one scheduled and unscheduled meetings between small businesses and government buyers.

“This event gives Ohio small businesses access to billions of dollars’ worth of government contracts,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “One-on-one conversations with government agencies and prime contractors can help your business grow and improve the prosperity of our local communities.”

Government agencies and prime contractors can register for free, while small businesses can register for a reduced rate of $85 per person before March 31.

Participating government agencies participating to date include:

  •          Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
  •          Air Force Materiel Command
  •          Central Ohio Transit Authority
  •          City of Columbus
  •          City of Dayton
  •          Cleveland Metroparks
  •          Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  •          Defense Logistics Agency
  •          Defense Finance Accounting Service
  •          Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority
  •          Ohio Department of Administrative Services
  •          Ohio Department of Transportation
  •          Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
  •          Ohio Lottery Commission
  •          Ohio Department of Taxation
  •          Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
  •          Ohio Development Services Agency
  •          University of Cincinnati

An impressive array of prime contractors have already signed up, including:

  •          Battelle
  •          Rolls-Royce North America (Aerospace)
  •          Eli Lilly and Company
  •          Cummins Inc.
  •          Elford Inc.
  •          The W.W. Williams Company

In addition to one-on-one scheduled and unscheduled matchmaking, small businesses are urged to prepare for the Ohio Business Matchmaker with a number of webinars on how to do business with government agencies. To register for the Ohio Business Matchmaker and webinars, visit https://www.ohiobusinessmatchmaker.com.