New Ohio Municipalities Business Conference will help businesses and municipalities in tandem.

Columbus will play matchmaker between fellow municipalities and local businesses looking for government contracts at a two-day conference scheduled for early August.

The first-ever Ohio Municipalities Business Conference will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It will be hosted by Mayor Andrew Ginther and the city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ginther said in a city news release that the conference can help Ohio municipalities use their buying power to help the state’s locally owned small businesses, “which we know are drivers of our economic growth.”

For businesses, the conference can help them tap into government purchasing programs to boost sales. Conference highlights include:

● A Municipality Matchmaker Session: A business-to-business matchmaking session with city buyers, purchasers and agencies across the state.

● Power Breakfast: A discussion of regional trends and opportunities designed toward the growth of small businesses. The session also will highlight the Smart Columbus initiative to modernize the regional transportation system.

● Municipal & Business Expo: An interactive trade show highlighting business opportunities throughout the state. The Expo also provides access to municipalities and strategic business tips from industry experts, along with consultation, certification assistance and exclusive one-on-one networking opportunities with procurement officers.

● Mayor’s Roundtable Luncheon: Mayors from across Ohio discuss business trends and best practices in their respective commununities.

Other conference partners include the Small Business Administration, the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council and the National Association of Women’s Business Owners-Columbus Chapter.

Early Bird registration is available now for $125. To register, learn more about the Ohio Municipalities Business Conference, or for a complete listing of scheduled events, visit columbus.gov/OMBC2017.