Direct Supplier Summit


A FREE Virtual Event for Small and Diverse Connecticut DIRECT Suppliers

The 2022 Direct Supplier Summit is designed to specifically help the region’s direct 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 Direct Supplier Summit is the Business MatchMaker. 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. 

There will also be a Virtual Exhibit Hall where suppliers can schedule meetings with our co-host organizations to learn more about how these great partners can help suppliers grow their business. 

Follow along with us on social media #CTSupplierSummit

2022 Direct Supplier Summit is a FREE event funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development.

Keynote Presentation
Beth Rafferty, Chief Supply Officer, Electric Boat – General Dynamics

How Manufacturers Are Building Resiliency into Their Supply Chains
Chris Bailey, VP-Global Supply Chain, Otis Elevator 
Kurt Albertson, Principal, The Hackett Group
Marcy Minnick, CEO, Excello Tool Engineering and MFG

Update on the State of Manufacturing in Connecticut
Paul Lavoie, Connecticut Chief Manufacturing Officer
Jackie Garofano, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, CCAT

Tuesday, June 21
Zoom Kick-off Session from 9 am to 11:30 am
Virtual Exhibit Hall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Business MatchMaker One-on-One Meetings from 12:30 pm to 6 pm

Wednesday, June 22
Business MatchMaker One-on-One Meetings from 8 am to 5 pm

2022 MatchMaker Features Some of the Region’s Largest Buyers


Our Partners