About the Event

Overview

The 6th Annual Supplier Growth Summit and MatchMaker is designed to specifically help the region’s suppliers meet with large buyers and prime contractors in Connecticut, and strengthen the local supply chain community and its ability to grow in a post-pandemic market.

The centerpiece of the Supplier Growth Summit is the Business MatchMaker. Both direct and indirect suppliers will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one (virtually) with buying organizations. The virtual format allows us to expand the number of meetings and accommodate everyone’s schedule. MatchMaker Meetings will take place over one and half days, with each lasting approx. 15 minutes.

Last year, we hosted over 160 supplier one-on-one meetings with buyers from the region’s largest corporations and buying groups. We also provide other useful knowledge sessions to help suppliers better understand the program’s available to help them grow. Additionally, through our twice a year Summits & MatchMaker sessions, we bring together members of leading buying organizations, state government and other support organizations to increase awareness of various programs that are designed to assist small and diverse suppliers.

Join us for our Keynote Session and Kickoff on December 7th from 9am – 11:30am.

Presentations will include:

Opening Remarks and Welcome

-Gary Breitbart, State Director, CT Supplier Connection

Keynote Presentation

-Jesse Bavaro, Director, New Product Introduction Global Supply Chain Pratt & Whitney

Panel Discussion and Questions

Small and Diverse Supplier Success Stories – Learn How They Started Doing Business with Large Buying Organizations in Connecticut

-Demetrius Glover, Founder & CEO, SōlHaus

-Eric Hutchison, Director Sales, Saisystems Technology

-Susan Mais, President, City Wide of Southwest Connecticut

-Jea Hur, Small Business Liaison Officer, General Dynamics - Electric Boat

Update on the State of Manufacturing in Connecticut

-Sheila Hummel, Business Development Program Manager—Office of Small Business and Community Development Program, Office of Business Development, Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

-Eileen Candels, Director of Partnerships at Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

Virtual Networking Lounge & Trade Show Exhibitors

The Keynote and Kickoff Session will be followed by the opening of the Virtual Networking Lounge (your home base for the Summit) where you can chat with buyers, prime contractors and other Tier 2 suppliers to make new business connections and expand your sales and marketing efforts. You can also visit the Virtual Expo Hall where you can meet our co-host organizations during posted office hours to learn how they can support supplier development and growth.

MatchMaker Sessions – Meet One-on-One with Buyers

Again this year, we are being joined by buyers from some of the region’s leading manufacturers’ procurement groups, including:

The MatchMaker will start at 12:30 pm on December 7th and run through 5pm on December 8th. You will have the opportunity to request meetings with key buyers who then accept meetings as space permits on their schedule.

There are no fees to register and attend this event. Once you register to attend the Direct Supplier Summit, you will receive an email package around the 3 rd week of November with more information on the MatchMaker and how to request meetings.


Agenda

Agenda for 2022 CT Supplier Connection Growth Summit & MatchMaker

Wednesday December 7th, 2022

9:00am – 9:05am

Welcome and Introductions

Gary Breitbart

Program Director, CT Supplier Connection

9:05am – 9:55am

Keynote Presentation- Jesse Bavaro, Director, New Product Introduction Global Supply Chain Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney Development Programs and the Digital Challenge

10:00am – 10:45am

Panel Discussion - Small and Diverse Supplier Success Stories – Learn How They Started Doing Business with Large Buying Organizations in Connecticut

Demetrius Glover, Founder& CEO, SōlHaus


Eric Hutchison, Director Sales, Saisystems Technology


Susan Mais, President, City Wide of Southwest Connecticut


Jea Hur, Small Business Liaison Officer, General Dynamics - Electric Boat

10:50am – 11:15am

Update on Connecticut Resources and Programs for Small Business

Sheila Hummel Business Development Program Manager—Office of Small Business and Community Development Program, Office of Business Development, Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)


Eileen Candels, Director of Partnerships at Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

11:15am – 11:20am

MatchMaker Process & Networking Lounge Introduction

Steven Semaya Director - CT Supplier Connection

11:25am – 11:30am

Closing Remarks

Gary Breitbart

11:30am – 1:30pm

Networking Lounge opens


Virtual Exhibitor Booth opens

12:30pm – 6:00pm

MatchMaking Meetings

Thursday December 8 th, 2022

8:00am – 5:00pm

MatchMaking Meetings

Thursday December 17th, 2022

8:30am – Noon

MatchMaking Meetings

Event Sponsor

CT Supplier Connection would like to thank The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology for sponsoring the 6th, Annual Growth Supplier Summit!

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