Seeking to accelerate business growth for small businesses, our Chamber partnered with the Delaware Division of Small Business on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, to host our first ever “Make Me a Match” event. Our mission was to help small businesses network with large construction firms. Governor John Carney and Chamber President Bob Chadwick kicked-off the event by speaking to over forty small businesses and established construction companies including: DiSabatino Construction and Maintenance, M. Davis & Sons, GGA Construction, Delaware Society of Human Resource Professionals, and the Delaware Contractors Association.
A panel discussion featuring two groups of industry leaders provided further insight as to how large construction companies and small businesses can work in unison to further enhance the growth of the construction industry in Delaware. Panelists included:
- Patricia Clendening - Delaware Society of Human Resource Professionals
- Bryon Short - Delaware Contractors Association
- Kevin DiSabatino - DiSabatino Construction and Maintenance
- Eric Koelsch - M. Davis & Sons
- Lorri Grayson - GGA Construction
- Master of Ceremonies- Damian DeStefano - Delaware Division of Small Business.
After the panel both groups of professionals met to partake in round-table discussions and speed match-making introductions. Following the event, the small business owners in attendance agreed it was well conducted offering a unique experience to network with large construction companies and learn more effective ways of doing business with those large companies in the future.
The event marked the first of four upcoming match making events. Industries to be featured are; financial services, bio pharmaceuticals, and chemical/materials. Check our Chamber calendar late April for upcoming dates.
We are thankful for everyone who made this event possible. Special thanks go out to our panelists especially the Delaware Division of Small Business and their Director Damian DeStefano, Governor John Carney, Secretary of State, Jeff Pollock, and New Castle County Executive, Matt Meyer.