About the Event

Overview

The 2024 CT Supplier Connection Direct Supplier Summit & MatchMaker  is designed to specifically help the region’s small and diverse 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 Connection Growth Summit is the Business MatchMaker. Suppliers will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one (virtually) with buyers from some of the largest buying organizations in our area. MatchMaker Meetings will take place over one and half days, with each lasting approx. 15 minutes.

Last year, we hosted over 160 one-on-one supplier 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 events,  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 June 26th from 9am – 11:45am.

Presentations will include:

Opening Remarks and Welcome

-Gary Breitbart, State Director, CT Supplier Connection

A View from The Legislature

-State Representative Steve Meskers

-State Representative Cindy Harrison

Keynote Presentation - Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Development

-Rosanne Barbieri, Vice President, Technical Sourcing, Medtronic

The State of State – How Advanced Are We?

-Paul Lavoie, Chief Manufacturing Officer, State of CT

What Tools Are Available to Help Suppliers and Buyers Connect?

-Jackie Garofano, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, CT Center for Advanced Technology

-Bernice Zampano, Program Manager - CONNEX, Connstep

Virtual Networking Lounge

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.

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 June 26th and run through 5pm on June 7th. You will have the opportunity to request meetings with 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 Supplier Connection Growth Summit, you will receive an email package around the 2nd week of November with more information on the MatchMaker and how to request meetings.


Agenda

Agenda for 2024 Annual CT Supplier Connection Growth Summit & MatchMaker

Wednesday June 26th, 2024

9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome and Introductions

Gary Breitbart

Program Director, CT Supplier Connection

9:10am – 9:35am

State of the State – How Advanced Are We?

Paul Lavoie (he will likely go until 9:25), Stephen Meskers & Cindy Harrison

9:35am – 9:55am

A View from the Legislature

State Representative Steve Meskers


State Representative Cindy Harrison

9:55am – 10:30am

Keynote Presentation - Overview of Medtronic’s Supply Chain program, the impacts of advanced manufacturing, and the state of supply chain development.

Rosanne Barbieri, Vice President, Technical Sourcing, Medtronic.

10:30am – 11:20am

What Tools Are Available to Help Suppliers and Buyers Connect?

Jackie Garofano, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, CT Center for Advanced Technology


Bernice Zampano, Program Manager - CONNEX, Connstep

11:20am – 11:35am

MatchMaker Logistics & Closing Remarks

Steven Semaya Director - CT Supplier Connection


11:35am – 11:40am

Closing Remarks

Gary Breitbart

11:40am – 1:30pm

Networking Lounge opens

12:30pm – 6:00pm

MatchMaking Meetings

Thursday June 27th, 2024

8:00am – 5:00pm

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 2024 CT Supplier Connection Direct Supplier Summit & MatchMaker

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