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HP Joins With Nonprofit to Promote Small Businesses

Hewlett-Packard has partnered with Business Matchmaking Inc., a not-for-profit corporation supporting procurement opportunities for small businesses.

Business Matchmaking provides opportunities for small businesses to secure contracts from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as many Fortune 500 companies by holding events around the country and through an online network. In addition, the program offers education, training, counseling and resources.

In eight years, Business Matchmaking has enabled more than 77,000 small-business sales appointments resulting in more than $8 billion in contracts granted. All events are free to both participating small businesses and representative buyers.

“HP is dedicated to enabling small businesses beyond technology with alliances, webinars, social forums, blogs and training to help them manage and grow their business,” said Michael Nordstrom, manager, Small and Medium Business Marketing — Americas, HP. “As a flagship sponsor for the past eight years, we continue to support Business Matchmaking because it successfully provides small businesses new opportunities to help them thrive.”

This year, HP has invited select, local channel partners to participate in Business Matchmaking and provide onsite education and counseling for small businesses about their technology decisions.

The Business Matchmaking event series is sponsored by HP in cooperation with other corporations, including American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dunn & Bradstreet and Lockheed Martin, as well as several nonprofit organizations, including SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, The Latino Coalition and Women Impacting Public Policy.

Following is a list of scheduled Business Matchmaking regional events for 2011:

  • Feb. 24: Miami
  • April 14: Seattle
  • June 23: Houston
  • Aug. 11: San Diego
  • Aug. 25: Boston
  • Oct. 6: Phoenix