May 11 event to provide matchmaking for buyers, minority- and women-owned businesses

By Rebekah Hall / U of A System Division of Agriculture 

New customers are the lifeblood of any business and a Wednesday, May 11 matchmaking event at Heifer International headquarters will provide minority- and women-owned businesses a chance to meet potential clients.

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Melanie Berman, director of Arkansas PTAC for the Division of Agriculture, said the upcoming May 11 Minority- and Women-Owned Matchmaking event will provide important tools and networking opportunities for small businesses. (Division of Agriculture photo.)

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Matchmaking Event runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. The event keynote is Sidney Moncrief, a five-time NBA All-Star, former Arkansas Razorback, motivational speaker, author and founder of Moncrief One Team and Moncrief Game Changer, Inc., which works to provide unique experiences to enhance student learning.

The annual event will have 15-minute matchmaking appointments where business owners can discuss possible contracts for their goods and services. Business owners will be matched with buying representatives based on information provided during registration.

The event is presented by a partnership among the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or Arkansas PTAC, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Arkansas District Office of the Small Businesses Administration. Arkansas PTAC is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.