Government Contracting Matchmaker Fair

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

                                      2013 Government Contracting Matchmaker Fair

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center are pleased to announce the 2013 Government Contracting Matchmaker Fair.  This unique event provides small businesses an opportunity to meet face-to-face with contracting officers from local, state, and federal agencies as well as some of the largest corporations in the country in a "speed dating" format. 

Each small business will have the opportunity to sign up for 10 minute appointments with any and all agencies and primes they choose, and to sit and discuss potential contracting opportunities.  Don't miss out on your chance to sit and talk with representatives from:  General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Army Soldier Research Center Natick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy Submarine Base (New London, CT), Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering, Environmental Protection Agency,  RI National Guard/USFPO, General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Honeywell, Rolls Royce Naval Marine, Raytheon, RI Airport Corporation, SBA, RI Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and MIT Lincoln Labs.


When:  Wednesday, March 27th from 8:30am - 12:30pm

Where:  Radisson Airport Hotel, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island

How To Register:  Please visit or call (401) 598-2702


                                                 $30.00 per person (includes breakfast)

                                                   PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

                                                      Limit 2 attendees per company



7:45am - Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30am - Appointment Scheduling Begins

9:00am - Matchmaker Appointments Begin

10:30am - Break

12:30pm - Matchmaker Concludes 


                                                        But Wait...There's More!!!!

GSA Schedules Workshop - March 19th, 9:30am-12:30pm:  This GSA/ SBA/ PTAC training discusses how to become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule contractor and provides an overview of this federal multiple award contracting/ purchasing process. This session will assist to determine if this is the right path to the government market for your business, how to find the appropriate schedule contract, complete a proposal and market your business to federal agencies as a GSA Schedule holder. Representatives from GSA’s Small Business Office in Boston will be attending to answer your questions.

To register, please call (401) 278-9183 or visit


Preparation for a Matchmaker Workshop - March 21st, 9:00-11:30am:  For RI Businesses registered to attend the DoD Northeast Regional Council’s Matchmaker Events, this in-depth guide is essential to getting the most from the 10 minute meetings with representatives from federal agencies and major prime government contractors. Learn who’s there, what they are looking for, how to present your business, how to engage and follow up.

To register, please call (401) 278-9183 or visit

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