8:00am – 8:30am

Ribbon Cutting

Pre Function Area

8:30am – 9:00am

Morning Plenary

Salon ABC

Darrell B. Searcy

9:15am – 10:00am

Workshop 1

Salon ABC

Upcoming Projects for Local Government

Wondering What’s on the Horizon? Businesses will have the opportunity to directly connect and interface with multiple local and state agencies gaining knowledge about upcoming projects and related qualification requirements. Discussions will also include what tools businesses need in order to plan and be more competitive within government contracting.

10:15am - 11:00am

Workshop 2

Salon ED

Access to Resources - How to Navigate Business Resources

Businesses will participate in four, timed focus groups, each drilling down to offer a more concise understanding of business management and government contracting.

  1. PTAC - New to government contracting or need a refresher? Want to find out if “no cost” assistance is available for your small business? You don’t have to struggle through the maze of contracting and red tape by yourself! Come and learn how the Small Business Development Center; Government Services (PTAC) can assist along your journey through potential and significant revenue streams for your business.

  2. Finance – Need business funding? You need to attend this workshop! Gain insight on what traditional lenders look for in a loan application and how they evaluate your business. How should you prepare for an interview with a lender? What is an absolute necessity? These questions, and more, will be answered.

  3. Marketing - The Importance of Strategy: Businesses will have the opportunity to learn how to create, communicate, and deliver value to customers, clients, partners, and society. Techniques for successful Internet marketing will be discussed. Cast a wider net, reach a larger audience, maximize sales!

  4. Finance – Traditional lending not for you? Local non-profit organizations will speak about available alternative financing, where to find funding and how to prepare.

11:15am – 12:00pm

Workshop 3

Salon ED

Projects Funded by $.01 Penny Surtax and More – Sail Ahead to Opportunity!

An informative workshop focused on a wide range of project opportunities across multiple agencies and funding sources. Discussions will feature projects funded by the Penny Surtax among many others. Local agencies taking part are Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County School Board, the City of West Palm Beach. There will also be an overview of current procurement policies as they relate to bidding on projects.

9:00am – 12:00pm


Pre Function Area

12:00pm – 1:30pm




Ann McNeill is President/CEO of one of South Florida’s few African American-female owned construction companies. McNeill Construction (MCO) was founded 40 years ago and is still one of the leading minority firms in South Florida in the area of construction management and project controls.

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2:00pm – 4:00pm

Power Talks

Salon ED
The best 10 minutes of the Day

4:00pm – 6:00pm

The "Real Business" Networking Reception And Awards Presentation

Salon F





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.

steering committee


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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