If you are a small business, you know how hard and painful it is to develop a business partnership with a large corporation. Even if you can find the right person to talk to, the path to creating a business relationship is long and cumbersome.
Intuit Corporation is looking to turbocharge this process. They are holding an Entrepreneur Day on October 5th where selected small businesses will be given the opportunity to meet with and discuss business partnership opportunities with Intuit senior executives.
The day is being positioned as a "speed dating" event. It will combine brief presentations by Intuit execs (they promise no death by powerpoint) followed by interactive round tables and private one on one business partnering meetings.
A limited number of companies will chosen from the pool of applicants. To apply to participate or learn more, click here. The application deadline is September 10th.
I'm personally excited about this event because Emergent Research is an Intuit business partner. We work with Intuit on the Future of Small Business research and report series. And one of the trends we are tracking and forecasting is increased collaboration between large corporations and small businesses.
We describe this trend in more detail in Intuit Future of Small Business research report The New Artisan Economy. If you want a shorter version, the New York Times covered this trend in an article last spring.
Oh by the way, Intuit is an excellent business partner. So if your business is a good fit make sure you apply for the opportunity to work with them.