SMBCC Next Level Success Trade Show

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SMBCC Next Level Success Conference

2019 SMBCC Trade Show

The State of South Carolina’s Office of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC), in collaboration with the Procurement Procedures Committee, is pleased to announce the annual Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification Trade Show – “Next Level Success."

The S.C. Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC) connects minority- and women-owned small businesses to State contracting and procurement opportunities through the Material Management Office (MMO), while working with State agencies to implement and monitor minority-contracting programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 9:00am EDT
Brookland Banquet and Conference Center
1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169

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Information Corner

Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

SBA Announces Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton announced the launch of the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition. The MaTCH Pilot Competition seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses by providing funding to create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces. The SBA believes that existing makerspaces are uniquely positioned to help increase workforce development in U.S. cities of our nation’s workforce.

“In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available,” said Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “The MaTCH Pilot Competition reaffirms the SBA commitment to supporting new forms of vocational education, developing apprenticeships, independent work, and cultivating access to entrepreneurship. This pilot competition will help empower a stronger connection between the maker’s community and job creation, and ultimately provide an added economy boost to communities across our nation.”

The MaTCH Pilot Competition challenges individual organizations or teams to utilize existing makerspaces to create or expand programs that provide the job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces, including industry or trade certifications when feasible. The goal is to have all program graduates immediately placed in positions with previously identified employers that are in need of skilled labor. The SBA will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund selected winning proposals.

To enter, applicants must submit a business plan that, among other things, details their team’s qualifications, experience, and resources; the proposed training curriculum; the nature and length of the training/certification program; and the number of trainees that will be accommodated.

Submission Period: May 21, 2019 to July 8, 2019

Winners Announced: August 6, 2019

The MaTCH Pilot Competition entry form, rules and requirements available online at:

 https://www.sba.gov/match.


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