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SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton hosted its first Matchmaker event in October to connect local small businesses with large purchasers in Northern New York, such as hospitals and colleges.

According to organizer and SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse, each of the purchasing agencies that attended the event plan to work with at least one local business.

Matchmaking is similar to “speed-dating” — businesses signed up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and had a short time to network and share marketing materials.

“The purchasing officers were very open to sharing information, and everyone was there with the purpose to help small businesses grow in the region,” Rouse said. “Some of the business participants have not even opened officially; others have been in business for many years. This type of event helps to bridge the gap and open conversation between supplier and purchaser.”

In all, nine agency purchasing offices, three resource partners and nineteen small business representatives attended the event.

In addition to the opportunity for business owners to pitch their product, Rouse said participants learned about the requirements for contracting with state, federal and private corporations.

The SUNY Canton SBDC plans to host the event again next fall. To learn more, call (315) 386-7312 or email


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.


SUNY Canton SBDC Seeks Agencies, Prime Contractors and Small Businesses for Matchmaking Event

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The 2013 St. Lawrence County Matchmaker event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the event provides a great opportunity for agencies and prime contractors to support regional economic development by giving local businesses the opportunity to expand their client base and grow their businesses.

Matchmaker events are held around the country, but this is a first for St. Lawrence County. Matchmaking is like “speed-dating” — businesses will sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have a short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Small Business Development Center

Agencies currently signed up include New York Power Authority, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, St. Lawrence County Purchasing Department, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. and the Village of Canton. Registration is free for prime agencies, contractors and purchasing officers, and is needed by Friday, Oct. 25.

Registration and meeting sign-up begins at 8 a.m., and the Matchmaker will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Businesses looking to expand their markets and have one-on-one contact with purchasing officers can register for $10 by calling the SBDC office or through the event website registration form

Pre-registration by Oct. 25 is encouraged. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8 a.m. Those who register the day of the event can enter the scheduling room at 8:20 a.m.

Please call SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse at (315) 386-7312 for more information, to determine whether or not the event will be beneficial to you, and to sign up.

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.