Next Generation Supplier Database Connects Hoosier-based Suppliers with Local and Global Procurement Opportunities
Conexus Indiana announced the launch of Conexus Icon (www.conexusicon.com), a fully optimized supplier database connecting more than 6,000 Hoosier-based original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), state agencies, universities, and small- to medium-sized businesses with procurement opportunities.
The free database simplifies matchmaking, and connects Indiana suppliers with buyers from throughout the state and from around the world through its robust search capabilities and GIS mapping tool that pinpoints company locations and industry clusters.
“The benefits of this new database are enormous,” said Rich Murphy, program manager for Conexus Indiana. “Global buyers have a window into the world of Hoosier suppliers through this database, providing untapped opportunities for business growth and development. In comparison to supplier databases in other states, Conexus Icon sets a new standard and further differentiates Indiana’s business environment.”
Conexus Icon replaces Indiana Supplier INsight, a supplier database that was launched six years ago and grew 500 percent through 2015. The additional functionality provided by Conexus Icon takes the database to the next level, providing search capabilities by keyword, industry sector, business type, and quality and diversity certifications. Companies can post procurement opportunities, and businesses that match the requirements will receive notifications.
Conexus Icon is possible through the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD) and a Federal grant intended to assist businesses and communities that are impacted by reductions in DOD spending. Additional support is provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Ivy Tech Community College, two organizations that also helped launch and provided continued support for Supplier INsight.
“The IODD is excited to be a strategic partner in the development of this new Hoosier-based supplier database,” said Duane Embree, executive director of the IODD. “This new tool will allow us to quickly identify defense-related companies in Indiana and assist with business development efforts.”
In addition to its matchmaking functionality, Conexus Icon gives users access to a community forum for topics including federal contracting, teaming interests and general business topics. It also includes a suggestion box for database improvements.
“Indiana has added 32,000 manufacturing jobs in just the last three years and now employs one in five Hoosiers,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Advanced manufacturing is driving economic growth in Indiana, and it’s crucial that momentum continues. Paired with our business-friendly climate, Conexus Icon will be a key asset in helping to attract and grow manufacturing in the state.”
To view the database, go to www.conexusicon.com.