2018 Arkansas Small
Minority and Women-Owned
Business Matchmaking Event

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The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is hosting the 2018 Arkansas Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Matchmaking Event, September 13, 2018. This event will offer a unique opportunity to meet and network with over 300 small, minority and women-owned businesses and purchasing professionals.

The matchmaking conference is the best opportunity for business owners and public and private sector purchasing professionals from across the state to get face-to-face and learn first-hand what they have to sell and what they need to buy.

This conference can serve as a way for state purchasing professionals to fill their arsenals with qualified small, minority and women-owned business enterprises to help in fulfilling the state’s spending goals as outlined in Act 1080 of 2017.

Registrants will have pre-arranged matchmaking appointments, lasting 12 minutes each, favoring a speed-dating event. Each private and public organization (buyer) will be matched with a business registrant(s) (seller) based on General Classification System of Business Categories given during the online registration process.


when WHEN? SEPTEMBER 13 2018
where WHERE? Little Rock AR

Event Details

when Matchmaker 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
where location: Metroplex Event Center | 10800 Colonel Glenn Road


Some 300 local and regional small, minority and women-owned business owners and purchasing professionals from federal and state agencies, colleges, universities, prime contractors and major corporations will come together for a full day of procurement opportunities on September 13, 2018.

The 2018 Arkansas Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Matchmaking Conference provides unique opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses to meet with suppliers who are motivated to award contracts and sub-contracts to smaller businesses.

While the matchmaking conference does not guarantee contracts, simply because of the nature of the normal bidding process between buyers and suppliers, it does create opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses to hold personal, one-on-one meetings with potential clients that would have taken weeks or months – if ever – to research and schedule on their own.

Partners for this conference include: The Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC), Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Arkansas, US Corps of Engineers-Little Rock District, Arkansas Office of State Procurement, Windstream.

The program is specifically tailored to existing small, minority and women-owned businesses that are prepared for the challenges of doing business.

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A block of rooms has been reserved for this event. Holiday Inn Express 4900 Talley Rd Little Rock, AR 72204. For more information please call the hotel directly at 501-224-2600


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