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Ford Motor Company Matchmaker Forms

November 10, 2021

Supplier Application

This application allows suppliers to apply to meet with Ford Motor Co. buyers. Please scroll through the list of needs on the application, or download it here for easy reference. If you find your capabilities match the needs of the Buyers, please apply. The buyer will select who they prefer to meet with and you will be notified in an email that you’ve been selected and what time your meeting will take place, via Zoom on Nov 10.

On Nov 10, the Ford Motor Co. Matchmaker will not include programming. This event is strictly matchmaking and will provide up to 40 suppliers with an opportunity for a meeting. If you are not selected, you will be notified via email and not expected to show up via Zoom on Nov 10.


  • Sept 27 – Oct 27: Supplier Application Open
  • Oct 29 – Nov 1: Supplier Selection
  • Nov 2 – Run meeting schedule
  • Nov 4 – Suppliers notified and schedule sent
  • Nov 5 – Know before you go sent out (with CS info)
  • Nov 10 – Matchmaker

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Congratulations to Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry for receiving his first loan through Northern Initiatives. With help from his SCORE mentor, Cheri Bales, Gregory did a fantastic job on developing his business plan and showing real entrepreneurial spirit. We wish you much success, and look forward to your upward movement. You are a wonderful role model.

—Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry

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—Peter Shutt

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—Matt Hollander

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Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo is a hard working grassroots group focused on the greater Kalamazoo community and its small businesses. Their events and networking opportunities are the best!

—Cheri Bales

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Michigan SBDC is a great company providing top notch service to local businesses all over Michigan. The consultants are professional and the student workers contribute with excellent work!

—Martin Herman Sorensen