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SBDC Matchmaker Teams Up with the Home, Garden & Business Expo

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Buy Local Matchmaker” event from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 28, as part of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Garden and Business Expo at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena.

“Matchmaker events work a lot like speed dating,” said SBDC Business Advisor Michelle A. Collins. “Participants sign up for 10 minute meetings with the contacts of their choice and have that short time to network and share marketing materials. It’s a great way for businesses of all sizes to collaborate and expand their markets.”

The SBDC aims to foster business-to-business connections for exhibitors before the Home, Garden and Business Expo begins, Collins added. “There are benefits for prime agencies, contractors, purchasing officers and for small business participants,” she said.

Agencies wishing to establish subcontract situations with small- and medium-sized companies are offered free attendance. Business participants looking to work with larger companies and purchasing agents will be charged $10.

For more information, or to preregister, visit http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html. Those interested can also contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton SBDC Invites Businesses to Buy Local Matchmaker Event

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgPurchasing officers from large businesses, industries, government agencies and prime contractors in St. Lawrence County are invited to see what the area’s small businesses have to offer at the 2016 Buy Local Matchmaker event.

Buy Local Matchmaker will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, In SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. It will be the third time the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center has hosted a matchmaker event in St. Lawrence County. Previous events have resulted in numerous connections between local small businesses and purchasing agencies.

Matchmaking is like ‘speed-dating.’ Businesses sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have that short time to network and share marketing materials. When time is up, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Buy Local Matchmaker is co-hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce with generous sponsorship from Alcoa.

“In speaking with some of the larger businesses around the county, we realized that they are purchasing from neighboring cities or online – mostly because they don’t know what is available locally,” said Brooke Rouse, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly have a tremendous amount of skilled, hard-working businesses right here. This event shines a light on that and creates personal relationships, which is how we like to do business in St. Lawrence County.”

Registration for the Buy Local Matchmaker is free for purchasing officers, but pre-registration is required.

“To attract a wide variety of local vendors it is necessary to have a full slate of purchasing officers committed to attend,” explained SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins. “Signing up early not only assures you will get one of the limited slots for purchasing agents, but will also help to attract a good selection of local small businesses for the best possible outcome for purchasers.”

For more information about the event, call the SBDC at (315) 386-7312, email sbdc@canton.edu, or visit www.canton.edu/sbdc.

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton SBDC Links Small Businesses with Government, College and Industry at Matchmaker Event

Monday, October 19th, 2015

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgSmall business owners can expand their customer base and learn how to sell their goods and services to local governments, colleges, large businesses and industries at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) St. Lawrence County Contracting Matchmaker event.

The Matchmaker will run from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 26, in the Richard W. Miller Woodcock Conference Suites.

Matchmaking is like speed dating. Businesses sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have that short time to network and share marketing materials and to find out about the products and services available and needed. When time is up, the business moves to the next agency.

“Our goal is to educate agencies about what is available locally and help businesses secure a contract to sell to public and private entities,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Previous Matchmaker events have resulted in many successful connections.”

About a dozen agencies will be participating this year, including:

  • Clarkson University
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc.
  • Lawrence University
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union
  • United Helpers

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will be cohosting the Matchmaker with sponsorship from Workforce Development Institute, Development Authority of the North Country (DANC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. The hosting agencies will also be participating in the match sessions.

The event costs $10 for small businesses and preregistered participants will be given priority scheduling. The Matchmaker is free for purchasing officers who preregister.

For more information about the Matchmaker, call the SBDC at (315) 386-7312, email sbdc@canton.edu, or visit www.canton.edu/sbdc.

 

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service.  Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton hosted its first Matchmaker event in October to connect local small businesses with large purchasers in Northern New York, such as hospitals and colleges.

According to organizer and SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse, each of the purchasing agencies that attended the event plan to work with at least one local business.

Matchmaking is similar to “speed-dating” — businesses signed up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and had a short time to network and share marketing materials.

“The purchasing officers were very open to sharing information, and everyone was there with the purpose to help small businesses grow in the region,” Rouse said. “Some of the business participants have not even opened officially; others have been in business for many years. This type of event helps to bridge the gap and open conversation between supplier and purchaser.”

In all, nine agency purchasing offices, three resource partners and nineteen small business representatives attended the event.

In addition to the opportunity for business owners to pitch their product, Rouse said participants learned about the requirements for contracting with state, federal and private corporations.

The SUNY Canton SBDC plans to host the event again next fall. To learn more, call (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton SBDC Seeks Agencies, Prime Contractors and Small Businesses for Matchmaking Event

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The 2013 St. Lawrence County Matchmaker event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the event provides a great opportunity for agencies and prime contractors to support regional economic development by giving local businesses the opportunity to expand their client base and grow their businesses.

Matchmaker events are held around the country, but this is a first for St. Lawrence County. Matchmaking is like “speed-dating” — businesses will sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have a short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Small Business Development Center

Agencies currently signed up include New York Power Authority, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, St. Lawrence County Purchasing Department, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. and the Village of Canton. Registration is free for prime agencies, contractors and purchasing officers, and is needed by Friday, Oct. 25.

Registration and meeting sign-up begins at 8 a.m., and the Matchmaker will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Businesses looking to expand their markets and have one-on-one contact with purchasing officers can register for $10 by calling the SBDC office or through the event website registration form http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

Pre-registration by Oct. 25 is encouraged. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8 a.m. Those who register the day of the event can enter the scheduling room at 8:20 a.m.

Please call SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse at (315) 386-7312 for more information, to determine whether or not the event will be beneficial to you, and to sign up.

More information can be found at http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.