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5th Annual St. Lawrence County Buy Local Matchmaker

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
SUNY Canton, Miller Campus Center
8:00 am – Noon

Co-Sponsored by:

SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center

Community Bank

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

SBDC   Community Bank   St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

What is a Buy Local Matchmaker?

This is an opportunity for local small businesses to meet, one-on-one, with representatives from colleges, federal agencies, state and local governments and large regional institutions and businesses. These purchasing officers are looking to source products and services from local small businesses. For Purchasing officers, this is an opportunity to see what goods and services might be available to you locally that you weren’t previously aware of. The goal is to make connections between local small businesses and larger purchasing entities that strengthen the local economy.

Matchmaking is like ‘Speed-dating’. Businesses will sign up for 10 minute meetings with purchasers and have that short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, you move to the next agency on your schedule.

Small businesses participating in the Buy Local Matchmaker have the opportunity to get individualized guidance to help them prepare and get the most out of the day by meeting individually with an SBDC advisor. Here, you will be able to get assistance in developing marketing materials to effectively target purchasing officers from colleges, federal agencies, state and local governments, large regional institutions and major industries in the North Country. To make an appointment call (315) 386-7312. *This counseling is always offered confidentially and free of charge.

Registration for the Matchmaker is $15 per person for businesses and pre-registration is recommended. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8am on the day of the Matchmaker while day-of registrants will enter the scheduling room at 8:20am.

The Matchmaker is free for purchasing officers, but pre-registration is required.

The day will look something like this:

8:00 am: Check-in / Network
8:00 am: Pre-registered business appointment scheduling
8:20 am: Day-of registered business appointment scheduling
8:45 am: Welcome
9:00 am: Matchmaking Begins
10:40 am: 20-minute Network Break
11:00 am: Matchmaking Resumes
12:00 pm: Matchmaking Ends

Participating Purchasing Agencies:

  • Town of Colton
  • United Helpers
  • Development Authority of the North Country
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • PACES (auxiliary services for SUNY Potsdam)
  • Northern Tier Contracting
  • Kinney Drugs


  • Business Participant Registration $15: PRINT FORM
  • Prime Agencies and Government Agencies (FREE): PRINT FORM

    Please print registration form and mail, with payment and business card to:

SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center
Wicks Hall 023
34 Cornell Dr.
Canton, NY 13617

Directions and Parking:

Miller Campus Center is #5 on Campus Map (in center)

Printable Campus Map

When entering campus, take right at split in road. You will take second left and park in designated lots. Permits will be sent to pre-registered participants. Others will receive day of.

Parking in Lot 13 or 1. Handicap Parking available in Lot 13.

Questions - Contact:

SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center

Dale Rice, Director
French Hall 201
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7312
FAX: 315-379-3814