May 2, 2005
For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
Speed Dating for Businesses
Written by Brenda J. Rayner
Are you ready to meet potential business partners at the Tennessee
Business Matchmaking event? Tennessee Business Matchmaking is a series
of business-to-business matchmaking conferences offered by the Tennessee
Department of Economic and Community Development. Its purpose is to
match small and diversity businesses with federal, state, and local
government agencies and large corporations that have actual contract
opportunities. If you’re a small business owner with the capacity to
meet the challenges of doing business with government agencies and large
corporations, you need to get a head start before the matchmaking event.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center in cooperation with the
TN Dept. of Economic and Community Development has prepared a workshop
to get you ready to participate. The 90-minute workshop includes
information on registering with the Central Contractor Registry
Database, identifying your United Nations Standard Product and Service
Codes, and obtaining a DUNS number. All of those are required before you
can register for the event. Participants will also get an overview of
the Business Matchmaking process in order to prepare for the event.
The last of three conferences in Tennessee will be June 29 from 7:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN.
Seller Registration for the Memphis/West TN event begins on May 1 and
runs through May 31.
West TN Pre-Registration Workshops will be held in the following
May 9 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Fayette County Chamber of
Commerce, 107 West court Square, Somerville, TN 38068. Call Mike
Border at (901) 465-8690 or Mark Taylor at (901) 526-9300.
May 10 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Jackson Area Chamber of
Commerce, 197 Auditorium Ave, Jackson, TN. Call Charles Roth at
May 11 from 9 a.m. – Noon at the City of Memphis Renaissance
Business Center 555 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103. Call Yolanda
Handy at (901) 333-5085.
June 6 from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce,
197 Auditorium Ave, Jackson, TN. Call Charles Roth at (731)
There is no charge for the workshop. A $5 CD will be made available
which recaps the instructions and offers tool and resources for getting
the information on your company necessary to register.