Matchmaking - FAQ’s

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) below if you have more questions regarding matchmaking. If you still have questions after reviewing all of the matchmaking information please contact info@national8aassociation.org and we will provide a response within 48 hours of your inquiry.


When is Matchmaking?
February 12 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm & February 13 from 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Where can I see the list of agencies and primes attending?
To view the list of agencies and primes please click here.

Can I pick my own matchmaking meetings?
No, National 8(a) Association will be pre-matching all meetings on behalf of each company based on the capabilities of the suppliers and the requests of the buyers.

How are the matches determined?
Based on the requirements sent by our buyers National 8(a) Association will match the small businesses interested in participating in matchmaking using their registration information, SAM profile, and other documents such as a capabilities statement.

When will I know who I’m meeting with?
The week prior to the Conference matchmaking schedules will be emailed.

I have more than one person from my company attending, can they get an appointment as well?
Only one schedule of meetings are provided per company so more than one person may attend the appointment.

How long are the meetings?
Each meeting is 10 minutes in length

I got my schedule of meetings, do I need to check in at the Conference?
No, just be sure to arrive to the matchmaking area 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.

I got my schedule of meetings, but I want more meetings.
Additional meetings will be offered at the Conference through open-call in real time. You will need to wait in the “Open-Call” queue and listen for an announcement to know which table/buyer is available.

I got my schedule of meetings, but I need to make changes.
Please contact
info@national8aassociation.org or visit the Matchmaking Info Desk at the Conference.

Why did I receive more than one email with a matchmaking schedule?
Since Matchmaking is on both February 12th and February 13th some Suppliers and Buyers will receive separate emails with their schedule of meetings for each day.

Why didn’t I get any meetings?
Your company’s capabilities did not align with the interests or current needs for the attending buyers or there were no available appointments.

I registered for the Conference early, but forgot to indicate I was interested in being a Supplier.
Please stop by the Matchmaking Info Desk while at the Conference or email info@national8aassociation.org prior to the Conference to check if there are any available appointments.

I registered for the Conference late, but I want meetings.
Suppliers registering for the Conference on February 6, 2019 or later can stop by the Matchmaking Info Desk while at the Conference or email
info@national8aassociation.org prior to the Conference to check if there are any available appointments.

I sent the matchmaking team my company’s Capabilities Statement to better align my matches, will the Buyers see it?
No, National (a) Association will not be distributing any materials they received.

What should I bring to my meeting?
Bring plenty of business cards and any marketing materials to handout.