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.
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.