Indiana Supplier INsight database attracts more than 5,000 Hoosier companies seeking supply chain opportunities within the state

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Contact: Chris Watts, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership/Conexus Indiana
Phone: 317.464-2237 E-mail: cwatts@cincorp.com

Indiana Supplier INsight database attracts more than 5,000 Hoosier companies
seeking supply chain opportunities within the state
Conexus Indiana lauds enthusiastic response to e-portal
that allows firms to post and apply for procurement opportunities

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,  May 12, 2010)  The Conexus Indiana manufacturing and logistics initiative today provided an update on Indiana Supplier INsight, its web-based network that links Indiana firms with potential suppliers within the state.  The response to the interactive database that facilitates Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers has been immediate and enthusiastic, with more than 5,000 companies registering on the site, which was formally launched in early April.

“The fact that 5,000 companies have already signed up on Supplier INsight demonstrates the appetite that exists for a ‘matchmaking’ service like this for Indiana companies,” said Steve Dwyer, President & CEO of Conexus Indiana.  “As our database of procurement opportunities grows and we begin seeing success stories emerge, we expect the list of participating firms to continue to grow rapidly.”

While Conexus Indiana is focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors, Indiana Supplier INsight is a tool for making connections between firms of all industries, including professional service providers.  It is a free service provided by Conexus and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), a major sponsor of the project.

“Modeled after Governor Daniels’ aggressive public-sector Buy Indiana program, this database has made it easier for Indiana’s private companies to do business with each other and the response has been overwhelming.   Indiana’s small and mid-size businesses are gaining new customers as a result and this goes a long way in strengthening the state’s economy,” said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Indiana Supplier INsight was commissioned by Conexus using Supplier Gateway, a national firm that provides supply chain networking services.  The platform stores information on registered businesses, and allows users to access the platform online to search for Indiana suppliers, using categories like capability, location, industry classification and women- or minority-owned certifications.  At the same time, suppliers can search for procurement opportunities that match their area of expertise and express interest in submitting a bid.

Companies interested in taking part in Indiana Supplier INsight can sign up at https://app.suppliergateway.com/conexus and get started making connections.

Launched by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech industries.  Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and promoting Indiana’s competitive advantages. 

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.