Wanted: a local business matchmaker.
The task is to ask several local businesses what they are planning to buy from outside the area in the coming year. Then immediately see if there are local businesses capable of putting in bids for the work. In the meantime, while those searches are being made and bids prepared, visit more purchasers, start seeking potential suppliers for their items, and so on. We'll make up the program as it goes along.
Source: Jane Jacobs, Systems of Survival, pp 167+.