REGISTER: MA Virtual Matchmaker & Prep Workshop

Massachusetts District Office - October 2021

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10/12 Prep & 10/15 Virtual Matchmaker


YOU'RE INVITED to the Massachusetts Virtual Contracting Matchmaker on Friday, October 15th - where businesses will have the unique opportunity to meet virtually with government agency buyers and representatives, as well as large prime contractors.  Even if you are not yet ready to sell, there will be activities to help you GROW and EXPAND your business, so we encourage all to register.

Prior to the matchmaker, we're hosting a workshop to help you prepare for the big event so that you maximize your time with potential buyers!

10/12 4PM: REGISTER 

This webinar will briefly cover: Market Research; Preparing Marketing Materials; Matchmaker Etiquette; and Follow-up. Hear from an experienced small business advisor on how to approach this event and get the most out of the your time!  Speaker: Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor



Opening remarks by:
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator
SBA HQ Office of Gov Contracting & Business Development

This is a FREE virtual event with 15-minute matchmaking sessions. 
The matchmaker will pair companies based on BUYER requirements and SUPPLIER capabilities to guarantee quality meetings. Suppliers will have five minutes to present, followed by a 10-minute Q&A from the Buyer.  

Review portal instructions HERE.

Speakers Include:

  • Diane Dempsey, Small Business Director, BAE Systems
  • Eric Coffie, Govcon Giants
  • Peter Hurst: Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Robert Williams, Jr., Director of Diverse and Small Business Engagement, MA Supplier Diversity Office


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome Remarks

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator, SBA HQ Office of Government Contracting & Business Development
  • Robert Nelson, District Director, MADO
  • Georgianna Parkin, State Director, MSBDC

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Diane Dempsey, Small Business Director, BAE Systems

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Eric Coffie, Govcon Giants

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Peter Hurst, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet Your Local Resource Partners (SBDC, SCORE, CWE, PTAC)

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break and Government Contracting Panel Discussion
(Federal, State, City, Government Sales)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Access to Capital and Finance Panel

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Michelle Burnette, HUBZone Contractors National Council (invited)

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Happy Hour and Networking


There will be concurrent workshops throughout the day. 
All are welcome to attend. COSPONSORSHIP AUTHORIZATION #09102021

Questions?  Please email: