Matchmaking is one of the highlights of the Midwest Aerospace Conference, and this year, we’re amping up our matchmaking abilities by partnering with govmates! Read through the most frequently asked questions to learn more about the matchmaking process.
Matchmaking is when buyers and sellers are connected based on specific criteria that matches their business needs and interest. Personalized 1:1 meetings are scheduled and companies are given the opportunity to make personal connections with potential buyers of their products or services.
A buyer is a federal agency, large prime or systems integrator, prime contractor.
A seller is a small business or non-traditional contractor for federal procurement opportunities.
Govmates is a teaming-partner platform for federal contractors that takes a formulaic and methodical approach to matching buyers and sellers, to provide a wider breadth of participants in the matchmaking session.
In advance of the event, govmates collects granular information from both buyers and sellers.
Buyer: Each organization (federal agency, large prime or systems integrator, prime contractor) provides specific criteria they seek in a business partner. This criteria is broken down by Capabilities, Customer Past Performance, Contract Vehicles, Set-Asides, and a few additional categories.
Sellers: Each business creates a matchmaking profile via the event matchmaking site. Seller profiles contain information including Capabilities, Customer Past Performance, Contract Vehicles, Set-asides, Clearances, Certifications, etc. that will be used to match their organizations to participating buyers.
Utilizing relevance scoring, govmates then uses buyer-supplied criteria to match the participating sellers. Then, 1:1 meetings are scheduled and take place in 15-minute increments between the organizations at the MAC2023 Conference on September 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rockford, IL.
To be best prepared for these meetings, buyers are provided with participating seller profiles in advance, and sellers are provided with desired criteria provided from the buyers.
Our goal with this event is to foster collaboration and partnerships in the business community while providing Rockford-area companies access to more prime contractors with the intention to increase sales. We believe that teaming partnerships are a key component for small business growth, and we are proud to bring together our ecosystem to support non-traditional engagement.
Once you’ve registered and paid for the MAC2023 Conference, you’ll have the option to select the matchmaking add-on. MAC2023 Conference Registration is required to be eligible for the govmates matchmaking process. Earlybird registration rates close August 11.
No. All individuals need to be registered for the conference, only the company will register for matchmaking.
Example: Five people from Aerospace Company want to attend the event and do matchmaking, that’s five conference registration fees and one matchmaking fee.
The early bird fee for matchmaking is $125. After August 11, the fee goes up to $175. Register early to maximize your ability to find good matches!
Registration for matchmaking ends September 13.