What to Expect for Matchmaking
American Express Contract Connections (Matchmaking) meetings are 10-minute one-on-one appointments between Suppliers and Buyers (small businesses and agencies/large primes).
Matchmaking will be on February 12, 2019 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm & February 13, 2019 from 12:30pm - 4:00pm and located in Ryman Hall B1-2
Registering for Matchmaking
When registering for the Conference you will be asked “Will you be participating in Business-to-Business Matchmaking?” When you select “Yes” you will be prompted additional questions for matchmaking. Please select “Supplier” if you are a small business and “Buyer” if you are a federal agency or large prime.
Suppliers registering for the Conference on February 6, 2019 or later can stop by the Matchmaking Info Desk while at the Conference or email email@example.com prior to the Conference to check if there are any available appointments.
If you already submitted your registration and didn’t indicate you were interested in participating in matchmaking please stop by the Matchmaking Info Desk while at the Conference or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the Conference to check if there are any available appointments.
Once registered for matchmaking you will receive an email requesting additional information about your company.
Note that indicating your interest in matchmaking does not guarantee a meeting with a buyer.
Matchmaking meetings are pre-matched per company by National 8(a) Association
Any company information such as a capabilities statement can be sent to Melissa Szasz at email@example.com for consideration. Please send no later than January 28, 2019.
An email will be sent the week prior to the Conference with a copy of your company’s meeting schedule only if your company’s capabilities align with any of our buyers and there’s an available appointment.
Note that you may receive multiple emails with an attached meeting schedule for each day of Matchmaking.
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list to ensure you receive our emails.
Buyers: Additional meetings may be added to your schedule throughout the Conference to accommodate Suppliers who signed up for Matchmaking on or after February 6, 2019.
At the conference
Be sure to bring a copy of your matchmaking meetings, however, schedules can be printed at the Matchmaking Info Desk.
There is no need to check in for your meetings at the registration desk, unless you have any schedule changes/cancellations.
If you're a Buyer, please let the Matchmaking Coordinator know so they can show you to your table.
If you’re a Supplier, please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting start time and line up in the “Appointments” queue.
Take this time to find which table number your “Buyer” is seated at (a Buyer table listing for each day will be provided).
The Matchmaking Coordinator will announce when it is time to proceed into the matchmaking area for your meeting.
Each meeting is only 10 minutes, please be mindful and perfect your pitch.
At 8 minutes a 2-minute warning will be announced for you to begin concluding your meeting.
At 10 minutes a final announcement will be made for you to proceed to the exit.
If you have another meeting immediately after you will still need to exit the matchmaking area and line up in the “Appointments” queue again .
Additional meetings will be offered through “Open-Call” in real time. These meetings will become available 2 minutes after a scheduled meeting time has started.
Buyers: You’ll have the ability to let the Matchmaking Coordinator know if you have a “no-show” or an available appointment and would like to have an “Open-Call” meeting.
Suppliers: You will need to wait in the “Open-Call” queue and listen for an announcement to know which table/buyer is available.
Many Buyers also have exhibit booths, please feel free to also visit with them there as well.
Be late, after 1 minute you will be considered a no-show and your meeting will be given to business waiting in the “Open-Call” queue.
Walk into the matchmaking area unless you have an appointment or were selected for an open-call meeting.
Walk around the tables looking for an available buyer to meet with or to just drop your business card.