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SBA Hosts Matchmaker Conference in Houston to Connect Small Businesses with Teaming and Federal Contract Opportunities

HOUSTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference event in Houston on March 27, 2012. The event gives small disadvantaged businesses access to guidance on federal contracting, face-to-face meetings and opportunities to team with larger businesses and graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program.

WHO: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

WHERE: JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston TX 77056

WHAT: The forums will help 8(a) firms better compete for federal contracts by teaching them how to market themselves to the federal government and go after government contracting opportunities. They will also provide an overview of the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program, a discussion and Q&A session on strategic alliance and joint venture opportunities and face-to-face and virtual business matchmaking sessions with larger businesses and companies that have graduated from the 8(a) program.

WHEN: March 27, 2012 at 9:00am-5:00pm

HOW: Small disadvantaged businesses and 8(a) firms interested in attending must register at: Small disadvantaged businesses can attend the event, but the face-to-face and virtual business matchmaking sessions are reserved for 8(a) firms. Approximately 250 small businesses and 50 mentors will be matched prior to their meetings based on their compatibility.

For more information about the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program, visit:égé-program and to learn more about the Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference, visit:

Valerie Nguyen
SBA Houston District
8701 South Gessner, Ste. 1200
Houston, TX 77074
713-773-6550 (fax)

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