While Attending SBA’s Business Matchmaker, Kamal Jowdy met his match
BUFFALO, NY –For Kamal Jowdy, the dream of starting his own business began at the early age of 14. He realized from the start that what he wanted most out of life was to come to America to transform his dream into a reality.
Like all successful entrepreneurs, he was willing to put in the time to learn his craft. He attended printing schools in France, to hone his technical skills in printing.
After finishing his education in France, Jowdy moved to the United States, worked in the printing industry and eventually acquired Delft Printing in 1998. The Lancaster-based company is a convenient local printing resource, delivering full service high-quality printing services. From letterhead to envelopes, full color brochures and newsletters. Delft Printing offers design, offset and digital printing with variable data, thermography, foil stamping, embossing and full bindery department.
“I honestly believe that if you have good perception and can change your attitude, you will ultimately overcome any obstacle that stands in your way and be able to go beyond your dreams,” says Jowdy.
Fast forward to 2009, Jowdy joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo Business Matchmaker event, where he had the chance to grow his business through selling his products and services to federal, state and local governments and national businesses.
SBA’s Business Matchmaking is a co-sponsored event with SCORE Buffalo Niagara and Business First of Buffalo and provides opportunities for small businesses to schedule individual appointments with government and procurement officials regarding potential contracts. The program’s events also include networking and education sessions, awards luncheon and exposition where small businesses can also reach potential customers throughout the day.
“I was looking for opportunities to help Delft Printing growth,” Jowdy says. “I wanted to experience the one-on-one opportunities this event provides. Meeting directly with procurement officials of from national businesses and government agencies helped open the door for us.” Delft Printing received its first contract with Dresser Rand, then Dresser Rand contracts followed for the next six years.
“This is a great example of how our annual Business Matchmaker is designed to work, says Franklin J. Sciortino, district director of SBA’s Buffalo district office. “Many contracting opportunities are being offered to local businesses, and this event allows small business owners the chance to pursue them,” Sciortino says.
In addition to attending the SBA Matchmaker event, Jowdy has also taken training at the SBA’s collaborative Chamber of Commerce workshops, SBA U: Igniting Growth and Innovation seminars and has also participated in SBA’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) free webinar pre-matchmaker sessions.
So what’s next for Jowdy and Delft Printing? He definitely is looking forward to finding more matches and attending this year’s 10th Annual SBA Business Matchmaker on Wednesday, May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on this year’s event, visit ssba.gov/ny/buffalo.
The SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners. For more information, please contact your local SBA Buffalo district office at (716) 551-4301 or visit us online at sba.gov.