2018 Corporate Connections:
Open ONLY to MSDC-Certified MBEs that have purchased a full-conference registration and NMSDC-Certified MBE Sponsors who register by the Early Bird deadline of April 30, 2018.
What are Corporate Connections MatchMaker Meetings?
Corporate Connections is our one-on-one, corporate-driven MatchMaker program for Certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to have pre-scheduled meetings with NY & NJ MSDC Regional & National corporate or government members. These selective meetings are dedicated to substantive discussions about potential business opportunities. The meetings are a time for MBEs to make their best pitch to corporations that they have long wanted as clients. They are a forum to launch what may become lengthy and mutually prosperous relationships.
Appointments for Corporate Connections meetings will be offered based on the corporation’s expressed interest. Please note, there are a limited number of appointments available and it is possible that not every eligible MBE will receive a meeting invitation.
Each MatchMaker session is 15 minutes in length, and takes place on Wednesday, June 13, between 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please be sure to print your schedule once table numbers have been assigned at the completion of scheduling
Registering for the full conference by April 30 will ensure NMSDC-certified suppliers are eligible for the Corporate Connections selection process. However, it does not guarantee that a meeting will be offered to your firm.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I AM ELIGIBLE for a Corporate Connections (MatchMaker) meeting?
April 30: MBE ACTION ITEM
ONLY the NMSDC-certified MBE registrant will receive an email confirmation with directions to create or update the company’s profile and to block calendar times so that no other meeting can be scheduled at a time that the MBE is not available. If the owner is not attending, please make sure he/she is aware of the email and knows to which staff person to forward the message. If no email is received by the owner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
May 1: MBE DEADLINE
All MBE profiles must be completed by May 1. Those MBEs that do not submit a profile, will automatically be excluded from the selection process.
Arrive 20 minutes prior to your meeting to check in and be seated in the holding room.
Be on time! MBE representatives who arrive late will not be allowed to enter the Corporate Connections MatchMaker room.
May 14: CORPORATE DEADLINE FOR SCHEDULING
Participating corporate members will begin reviewing the eligible profiles to identify the MBEs that they would like to meet. They will then determine which MBE(s) will receive an invitation for the 15-minute one-on-one sessions. All scheduling must be completed by June 1st.
JUNE 11: MBE ACTION ITEM
Print your final schedule on June 11. Schedules printed prior to this date will not have the table numbers assigned.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF A MEETING HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MY COMPANY?
Each MBE has access to their schedule when logged into the My Business Matches MatchMaker tool. It is strongly recommended that you monitor your company’s online schedule daily between June 1st and June 11th to see if a meeting has been offered. While auto emails are generated, delivery is not guaranteed. Most corporate members will have the ability to schedule between May 14th and June 1st, which is why daily monitoring is important. Additionally, meetings may be canceled and rescheduled by the corporate members, so it is important to check the schedule just prior to the start of Corporate Connections to be sure no changes have taken place.
Meetings are automatically accepted on behalf of the MBE company. No action is required by the MBE unless they wish to cancel the meeting.
Important! Because each MBE is able to personalize their schedule and block meeting times that they know they are not available to attend, no meeting will be rescheduled due to tardiness or inability to attend at the scheduled time.
CAN A MBE REQUEST A MEETING WITH A CORPORATE MEMBER?
No. All meetings are scheduled by the corporate member.
WHO CAN I CONTACT REGARDING Corporate Connections MATCHMAKER?
For more information regarding Corporate Connections, please email email@example.com or call Dora Reddick 212-502-5663 X 1006.