2018 Matchmaker Business Conference Summary

The 2018 Business Matchmaker Conference & Expo was held at the Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion on Friday, September 21, 2018. The Twelfth Annual Conference was a big success and was sold-out on all fronts; Sponsorships and Individual registrations. The Palm Beach Partners secured a total of thirty-one (31) Sponsors. Leading the Private sector charge was our "Presenting" Sponsor - Hotwire Communications, Keynote Luncheon Sponsor - Jim Moran Institute and Registration Scholarship Sponsor - Kaufman Lynn Construction. The Conference's Public sector was represented and hosted by the Palm Beach Partners consisting of eleven (11) Government Agencies/Entities; PBC, OSBA, Palm Tran, PBIA, SDPBC, City of West Palm Beach, City of Riviera Beach, City of Lake Worth, SWA, The TED Center and Paragon Florida. The third ingredient of the Business Matchmaker was the over 125 small businesses in attendance to take full advance of the contracting opportunities, "one-stop-shopping" atmosphere.

The day-long Conference was filled with a variety of business capacity building tools and information focused on contract opportunities, building partnerships and yes, of course plenty of networking! The highlights of the Business Matchmaker included; three (3) carefully determined Workshops designed to better position small business owners in pursuit of contract opportunities, more efficient business operations and partnership development.  The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Willie Jolley. There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He has been described simultaneously as a world-class, award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality. Dr. Jolley best known for helping Corporate Organizations Maximize Profits and Elevate the Performance of Their People…to Achieve Greater Results! Dr. Jolley delivered an exciting keynote address that left all in attendance motivated and amaze with his message. Dr. Jolley is a talented vocalist and ended his speech with a song that earned a standing ovation! Power Talks billed as the "best 15 minutes of the day" provided small businesses the opportunities to meet with both Public and Private sector organizations for the purposes of pitching their goods and services - over 175 appointments were conducted! Closing out the Conference was the "Real Business Reception & Awards presentation. As tradition has it, The Palm Beach Partners recognizes outstanding Businesses in four (4) categories.

If, you’re a small business and didn't attend the 2018 Business Matchmaker Conference & Expo, don't miss out on the Thirteenth Annual, 2019 Business Matchmaker Conference & Expo! SAVE THE DATE - 9/20/19.

Bruce Lewis,
2018 Business Matchmaker,
Co-Producer & Sponsorships


The Palm Beach Partners is a coalition of City, County, State and non-profit agencies aligned to maximize economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the South Florida region.
The group includes: South Florida Water Management District, City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, (Office of Small Business Assistance, Department of Airports and Palm Tran), School District of Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Center for Technology Enterprise and Development (TED Center), and PARAGON Florida, Inc.



Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.

Please join us in making the 2017 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.


  • Workshops exposing business owners to the latest social media and marketing technology, how to build your credit and obtain a small business loan and how to build connections and contracting opportunities with government agencies.

  • Power Talks with Government Agencies and Private Corporations.

  • Keynote Luncheon and Spotlight on Vendor Awards.

  • The "Real Business" Networking Reception And Awards Presentation

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