Small Business Meet Homeland Security, Other Government Agencies and Major Corporations

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500 area small business meet with government and major corporate procurement experts to pursue sales opportunities.

Some 500 area small businesses selling everything from technology to T-shirts will have 1,500 face-to-face meetings with more than 100 senior buyers from all federal agencies and a large number of Fortune 500 Corporations on Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Business Matchmaking, hosted by HP and SCORE, the SBA's volunteer counselor corps, is a free program designed to bring "Beltway Buyers" to the community to create opportunities particularly for women, minority and veteran owned small firms.

In addition to Homeland Security, all branches of the military, GSA, VA and the Dept. of Transportation, the event has attracted procurement experts from Fed Ex, American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Sprint and Chevron.

"Business Matchmaking has facilitated more than 52,000 face to face appointments and resulted in more than $1 billion in contracts for small firms in every industry and our San Jose event is designed to grow those numbers," said Hector Barreto, former administrator of the U.S.
Small Business Administration and now chairman of the non-profit Business Matchmaking initiative, which produces events that are free for all small businesses.

A special luncheon workshop will focus on Disaster Preparation training small business owners on prepping for natural and manmade disasters.

Photo-Ops and Interviews:
Lisa Baker - HP Host
Hector Barreto - Business Matchmaking Chairman
Dan Sturdivant - Homeland Security
Samuel Evans - Lockheed Martin
Lee Mauney - Ergogenisis - Small Business Success Story
Bill Seidle, Michael Nordstrom - HP Disaster Preparation experts
Marty Keller - Small Business Advocate - Office of the Governor

Media welcome for general session 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. and for scheduled interviews throughout the day and for Disaster Preparation luncheon 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to schedule coverage:
Chuck Ashman
(310) 844 5954


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