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About the Event


The 7th Annual CT Supplier Connection Growth Summit   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 December 6th from 9am – 11:45am.

Presentations will include:

Opening Remarks and Welcome

-Gary Breitbart, State Director, CT Supplier Connection

Keynote Presentation - Supply Chain Evolution

-T.J. Niglio - Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Pitney Bowes

The State of Innovation in Connecticut and Update on CT Initiatives

-Dan O’Keefe, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Connecticut

Panel Discussion – Supplier Success Stories

- Panelists To Be Announced

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 December 6th and run through 5pm on December 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 for 2023 Annual CT Supplier Connection Growth Summit & MatchMaker

Wednesday December 6th, 2023

9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome and Introductions

Gary Breitbart

Program Director, CT Supplier Connection

9:10am – 9:50am

Keynote Presentation- Supply Chain Evolution

T.J. Niglio, Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Pitney Bowes

9:50am – 10:20am

The State of Innovation Connecticut and Update of CT Manufacturing Initiatives

Dan O’Keefe, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Connecticut

10:20am – 11:00am

Panel Discussion Supplier Success Stories

Norman Rodriquez, Springfield Spring, and Stamping

Dorothy Weber, Richard's Machine Tool

Mary McCarthy, Andrew Associates

11:00am – 11:35am

Panel Discussion Technical Assistance Resources for Small Businesses

Marisol Herrera, APEX Accelerator

Michelle Koehler, CT Small Business Center

Bernice Zampano, CONNSTEP

11:30am – 11:35am

MatchMaker Process & Networking Lounge Introduction

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 December 7th, 2023

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 7th, Annual CT Supplier Connection Growth Summit!

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