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Results of Our Business Matchmaking and Cybercrime Forums in Pasadena, San Luis Obispo and Oxnard California

We celebrated our 10th anniversary with an outstanding Business Matchmaking event which brought together 300 government and corporate buyers and Southern California small business owners pursuing new procurement opportunities. In addition, Lt. Mark Stevens of the L.A. County Sheriff's Office and Cybercrime Task Force, together with Ken Palla of Union Bank outlined current cyberattacks and key steps for avoiding intrusions. SBA Regional Administrator Donna Davis opened the festivities which included honoring several organizations as Champions in their field in helping small business and supporting supplier diversity. They included:

  • PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. - Construction
  • Southern California Edison - Utilities
  • HP - Technology
  • Kaiser Permanente - Healthcare
  • Amgen - Pharmaceuticals
  • Lockheed Martin - Aviation
  • CA Department of General Services - Government
  • Union Bank - Banking

Business Matchmaking announced the charter honorees of the Small Business Hall of Fame.
They included:

  • Brian Tippens
  • Dan Sturdivant
  • Joan Kerr
  • Richard Chacon
  • Charleen Hamel
  • Eric Mandel
  • Ron Kilgore
  • Adalberto Quijada
  • Marty Keller
  • Joe Alderete
  • Samuel Evans


Small Business Travel Benefits

Business Matchmaking small business participants now have an opportunity to benefit in access, pricing and value-added activities on par with many of the nation's largest corporations. POTHOS, a disabled-veteran owned, San Diego based travel agency with a global reputation, has packaged benefits through Business Matchmaking, all available with a free new travel benefits card. The new POTHOS discount program for Business Matchmaking is FREE and provides a wide range of travel and accommodation advantages.

To begin the experience, please email with your name and phone number.

POTHOS will email your login and password. The first time you access the site, you will need to change your password and create a profile.


Why Is This For Me?

There are so many invitations and pitches for meetings, seminars, workshops and "special events" that any small business owner or manager should be careful in deciding which is most suitable for his or her needs.

Business Matchmaking provides unprecedented opportunities for small businesses to secure selling opportunities from government agencies and major corporations at key events. The program unites education, training, counseling, key resources, tools and special relationships with thousands of procurement representatives from the public and private sector.s

Business Matchmaking, a not-for-profit public/private initiative, was started by a partnership between the SBA and HP. In the past ten years, we have enabled over 100,000 meetings between small business sellers and buyers from federal, state and local government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations, resulting in several billions of contracts granted.

In addition, Norton by Symantec, Union Bank, HP and other sponsors make available special products and services for qualified small businesses enhancing their opportunities to sell to the most demanding of federal agencies and participating corporations.



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