Direct Supplier Summit and Matchmaker 2023

A FREE Virtual Event for Small and Diverse Connecticut Direct Suppliers

The Direct Supplier Summit 2023 is designed to connect the region’s direct suppliers with large buyers and prime contractors in Connecticut to strengthen our region’s supply chain.

The Business MatchMaker is the centerpiece of this annual statewide event where suppliers 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. 

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2023 Direct Supplier Summit is a free event funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

9:00 – 11:40 am
Welcome and Introductions
Gary Breitbart, Program Director, CT Supplier Connection

Keynote Presentation: Supply Chain Evolution
Hilary Kuhl, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

State of Manufacturing in Connecticut and Update of CT Manufacturing Initiatives
Paul Lavoie, Chief Manufacturing Officer, State of Connecticut 
Bernice Zampano, CONNEX CT, Supply Chain Program Manager 

Offshore WindClean Energy Developments Impact on CT Manufacturers and Suppliers Manager 
Andrew Lavigne, Clean Economy Program Manager, Clean Economy Program, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development

Update on Connecticut Resources and Programs for Small Suppliers and Manufacturers 
Ron Angelo, President and CEO, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) 

11:30 – 11:40 am
MatchMaker Process & Networking Lounge Introduction 
Steven Semaya, Director – CT Supplier Connection 

Closing Remarks 
Gary Breitbart Program Director, CT Supplier Connection

11:40 am – 1:30 pm
Networking Lounge opens 

12:30 pm – 6 pm
Business MatchMaker meetings 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

8 am – 5 pm
Business MatchMaker meetings

Direct Supplier Summit & MatchMaker 2023
features the region’s largest BUYERS:


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