Professional Services & Commodities
June 30, 2021
A live virtual one-on-one matchmaking event
for small and large businesses
in the Los Angeles 5-County region
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Business Builder is a virtual one-on-one matchmaking event designed to strengthen the Los Angeles 5-county regional economy by connecting small minority-, women-, and disabled veteran-owned small business suppliers to large buyers and procurement opportunities.
Business Builder is a Los Angeles Initiative for Inclusive Small Business event, led by:
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Concerned Capital, Lendistry,
The Center by Lendistry, Next Street, Community Allies, LA County,
City of LA, OneLA, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce,
and the Los Angeles Business Council
Register by June 25 to be eligible for one-on-one B2B Matchmaking appointments, where you will be be matched with Buyers one-on-one to pitch your business' goods or services. To be eligible, small businesses must also attend a mandatory 90-minute prep session ahead of Business Builder to ensure you put your best foot forward when it most counts. Small businesses must be from the 5-County Area (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.)
Expand your network with diverse small businesses specializing in the professional services and commodities when you book your sponsorship for Business Builder. Register by June 25 to be eligible for a B2B Matchmaking virtual room for one-on-one appointments with pre-screened small businesses and suppliers. Sponsorships also include a live sponsor page on the event site, prominent logo placement on website and event site, as well as a menu of other opportunities for speaking, workshops and lunch sponsors.
We match small businesses and buyers for 15 minute one-on-one sessions based on self reported company profiles you build on Business Builder's registration site and NAICS codes. Small business subcontractors must attend a 90 minute pre-event prep session to ensure they are prepared to pitch. Eligibility deadlines for Matchmaking appointments is June 25.
Matchmaking appointments are not guaranteed. Appointments are scheduled when there is a match.
Representatives from the City, County, the 2028 Olympics, the World Cup, and NCAA will present bid opportunities in the Plenary Session awaiting Primes and Subcontractors in LA County.
$40 / per
For small businesses
$40 / per*
For small businesses in the Los Angeles 5-Region County that want Matchmaking Meetings with Primes
June 25 eligibility deadline
$250 - $2,500 / per
General sponsorships begin at $250. Click "Register" for more sponsorship options.
General Sponsor Package Includes:
Log in and roam about the site and begin networking
Libby Williams - virtual event organizer
John L. Reamer, Jr. - City of Los Angeles (invited)
Michael Owh - Los Angeles County (invited)
Shannon Hoppes, City of LA, Chief Procurement Officer -
LABAVN, Upcoming Procurement Opportunities in the LA Region
How to become a vendor with Buyers and Public Agencies.
Create your login credentials upon registering, and log in any time before the meeting to see who is coming!
Log in to the event site on Eventtia any time before the event for updates on the program. Business Builder includes one-on-one Matchmaking appointments, a Plenary Session, multiple concurrent Workshops and time to network.
A 90-minute session in two parts. Part I: upcoming bid opportunities in the 5-County region. Part II: What Primes are looking for in a subcontractor.
You will receive a personal schedule of 15-minute one-on-one sessions with Buyers to pitch your businesses and services on your event schedule on the Eventtia event site where the virtual event will take place. Register by 6/25 for eligibility. Matches are not guaranteed.
A wide menu of workshops for small businesses that range from marketing your business, secession planning, back office operations, certification with the City and County of LA, and more.
Take a break at lunchtime, with a $25 Grubhub coupon for the first 100 small businesses that register. *Availability dependent upon securing a Lunch Sponsor.
Chat and video features that connect participants one-on-one
Chat features that connect all participants in one large chat room
Small Businesses/Suppliers that want B2B Matchmaking appointments must attend a pre-event workshop to help you put your best foot forward in your upcoming Matchmaking appointments.
See below for workshop dates and times.
Small business pre-event workshop, Tuesday, June 15 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Small business pre-event workshop, Thursday, June 17 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Small business pre-event workshop, Tuesday, June 22 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Small business pre-event workshop, Thursday, June 24 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Attendance to one of these meetings before June 30th is
mandatory for all small businesses seeking Matchmaking appointments.
Prior to your workshop please complete a short, FREE Contractor-Readiness Assessment provided by our Partner, Small Biz Pro.
This useful tool can help you improve your business by verifying that you have the minimum documentation to be considered 'ready'. It will also provide a numerical score from 0 to 100 to help you achieve your best chance of success!
Once you have completed the assessment, you will have the option to print your report out or to email it to both yourself and the Business Builder Team to prepare for your workshop.
Forged by data and strong partnerships, the Los Angeles County Initiative for Inclusive Small Business (IISB) is taking immediate steps to respond to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s small business ecosystem based on the Los Angeles County Small Business Ecosystem Assessment conducted in 2020. Following a community-driven process with more than 45 small business and community leaders, the assessment proposed a path forward to address historical barriers limiting access to entrepreneurial opportunities for business owners of color, and respond to the ongoing economic crisis. With a dual focus on the increasing access to capital and critical capacity building for small business, the initiative is being coordinated by Lendistry, The Center by Lendistry, Concerned Capital, and local stakeholders in Los Angeles County, with support from national partners, Next Street and Community Allies.
This initiative and the Los Angeles County Small Business Ecosystem Assessment have been made possible by the generous financial support of JPMorgan Chase & Co.