Recreate and Grow Your Small Business at the NJSBDC 20th Annual Procurement Expo and MatchMaker

Connect with New Jersey’s Pharmaceutical Industry, Federal, State, and County Sourcing and Procurement Representatives on June 20, 2011 at the Procurement Expo and MatchMaker

Online PR News – 01-June-2011 – – The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network will host its 20th Annual Small Business procurement expo & matchmaker from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011 at Brookdale Community College’s Robert J. Collins Arena Recreation & Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ.

This annual, statewide expo and matchmaker is the event of the year for small, minority and women-owned businesses that are targeting the corporate and government procurement market. More than 50 MatchMaker hosts, workshop speakers, exhibitors and sponsors will be participating in this business building expo.

“It’s all about developing and growing your business,” said NJSBDC CEO Brenda Hopper. “Our network experts help businesses grow and expand and this expo offers them opportunities to advance.”

Offered through the NJSBDC Procurement Program in Newark, this expo links small business owners with corporate buyers and prime contractors, government procurement representatives, and supplier diversity representatives. Business owners will receive current information on sourcing/procurement requirements and programs, make new contacts, strengthen business relationships and identify potential new business opportunities and markets.

Our network experts help businesses grow and expand and this expo offers them opportunities to advance.

Small business owners will have access to information-packed workshops covering a range of growth strategies, as well as a variety of exhibitors and MatchMaker sessions where business owners are pre-screened to meet one-on-one with representatives from large public and private sector organizations. A new component of this year’s event is the presence of purchasing agents from a variety of NJ counties.

“The Procurement Expo is specifically designed to provide small business owners with a platform for connecting face-to-face with representatives who are responsible for procuring goods and services for their organizations,” noted Stephanie D. Burroughs, director of the NJSBDC Procurement Program. “Each year, attendees come away from this event with an expanded network of business contacts, knowledge of successful contracting strategies and upcoming contract opportunities that will help improve their bottom line and remain relevant in today’s marketplace.”

Topics to be covered in this year’s nine workshops are: Pharma Sourcing Panel: Secrets to a Winning First Impression; Selling to the County: Tapping Low Hanging Fruit; Federal Contracting Panel; Sourcing Strategies: Private vs. Public; Marketing Mishaps: What Not To Do with the US Army Corp of Engineers; Federal Contractor E-Verify; Where Preparation Meets Opportunity: Preparing to Work for Corporate America; Updates on State Contracting: Using GSA Schedules, National Cooperatives, Outsourcing; and Social Media: Marketing.

“Jobs are byproducts of business growth,” stressed NJSBDC COO Deborah Smarth. “Our network generates jobs through the small business owners we assist.”

The statewide NJSBDC network procurement program is partnering with NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College, which serves small businesses throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Sponsors for this year’s expo are: Brookdale Community College, Constant Contact, Novartis, Portraitefx, RCI Technologies, Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick, Sanofi Aventis, Skanska, the NJSBDC network, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the State of NJ Department of the Treasury.

The program’s discount rate is $100.00; pre-registration will end June 7, 2011. Only pre-registered attendees will be contacted for MatchMaker appointment scheduling.

About the NJSBDC: The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network, comprised of 11 centers across the state, is the premier provider of comprehensive services and programs for small business in new jersey. The network has assisted small businesses for 33 years, helping businesses expand their operations, manage their growth and start new ventures. The NJSBDC, a non-profit entity, is an accredited member of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), utilizing national best practices. NJSBDC expert staff and practicing business consultants help established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop business plans and marketing strategies, learn accounting and financial analysis, find capital financing, identify new markets, and expand their operations. The NJSBDC provides one-to-one management consulting and counseling, training, loan packaging services and specialized assistance in procurement, technology commercialization, e-business presence and international trade.

The NJSBDC leverages public and private funding sources, further maximizing resources for the small business community. The network leverages funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), New Jersey State Government, the educational institutions that host the 11 centers as well as other private and public funding sources.

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