Conexus ICON Supplier Database Launched

Conexus ICON Supplier Database Launched

Conexus Indiana has introduced Conexus ICON, a fully optimized supplier database. Conexus ICON connects more than 6,500 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.

“As companies increase their commitment to procure goods and services locally, Conexus ICON is the best tool available,” said Steven Dwyer, former COO of Rolls-Royce Corp and current CEO of Conexus Indiana. “For the aerospace and defense industry for example, identifying qualified companies with AS9100 certification is challenging. This tool greatly simplifies that effort.”

“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.”

Through Conexus ICON, companies can search 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 funded through an Office of Economic Adjustment grant to the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD). The grant was awarded to execute three major initiatives: a supply chain database, a portfolio of assistance strategies for workforce and workload diversification and the development of an Indiana Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Conexus ICON is part of IODD’s support of a statewide defense network, which will help the defense industry access business-to-business opportunities. Additional support for Conexus ICON is provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Ivy Tech Community College.

“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.”