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Connecticut Entrepreneurs find partners, opportunity at CT Business Matchmaker
University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center hosts event to connect small businesses with contracting opportunities
By: University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center
CT Business Matchmaker is among Connecticut's largest events designed to meet that need by pairing small, established businesses with "Primes"—large and medium-sized companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and municipalities who are actively interested in increasing and diversifying their supplier lists. The eighth annual event, managed by the Entrepreneurial Center, will be held on the campus of the University of Hartford in June, and registration is now open.
Viking Construction is an example of a past Prime attendee who found what they were looking for at CT Business Matchmaker. "At Viking Construction, we are always looking for qualified subcontractors. We need to find the right company for the job in order to create a successful project, so relationships are very important to us. We know we'll meet the quality we are seeking at CT Business Matchmaker,"
Giving opportunities to local, small businesses is a driving priority for Michael Jefferson at the Metropolitan District (MDC), another Prime attendee. "Through the CT Business Matchmaker, we accomplished our goal of reaching out to new subcontractors and providing economic opportunities to local businesses."
CT Business Matchmaker 2017 will be held from 7:00 am until 2:30 pm on Thursday, June 1, on the campus of the University of Hartford. Both Prime registration and small business registration are now open. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit http://www.hartford.edu/
Additional organizing partners for CT Business Matchmaker include the University of Hartford's Construction Institute, US Small Business Administration, CT Department of Administrative Services, CT Procurement Technical Assistance Program, CT Human Rights and Opportunities, and US General Services Administration.
"The Matchmaker program is a premier event offering significant new opportunities for CT-based small businesses,"
Wergeles also emphasized his organization's effort to reach out to businesses run by women and minorities. "Through our Women's Business Center, we also focus on recruiting women-owned and minority-owned businesses. These businesses traditionally receive fewer contracts, so we strive to provide more opportunities for them through this event."
CT Business Matchmaker 2017 will offer an invaluable opportunity for small business owners to expand their contracting relationships. During the event, small businesses will present their products and services to potential customers in a series of ten-minute, one-on-one interviews with Primes. All Prime participants, including state and federal agencies, large corporations, municipalities, and educational institutions, come to the event with business needs they are seeking to fill. A full list of participating organizations follows.
Gold Sponsors of CT Business Matchmaker 2017 are The Metropolitan District (MDC), Pitney Bowes Inc., and the Metro Hartford Alliance. Bronze Sponsors are Farmington Bank, Viking Construction Inc., Skanska, and The Hartford.
To sign up or learn more, visit http://www.hartford.edu/
About The University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center
The University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center provides training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, throughout Connecticut. Part of the nationally-renowned Barney School of Business, the Center helps small business owners and employees gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace through business advising, technical assistance, educational programs, and networking events. The Women's Business Center, which specializes in serving women in business, is the largest initiative of the EC. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu/
2017 PRIME PARTICIPANTS
• Boston Scientific
• Canberra Industries
• Cianbro Corporation
• City of Hartford
• City of New Britain
• Charter Oak Environmental Services Inc.
• Colt's Manufacturing Company LLC
• CT Airport Authority
• Connecticut Lottery Corporation
• Dimeo Construction Company
• Elbit Systems of America / Kollsman Inc.
• Enfield Enterprises Inc.
• Enterprise Builders, Inc.
• GENERAL DYNAMICS Electric Boat
• Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
• Greater Hartford Transit District
• Harvard Pilgrim
• Kaman Composite Structures
• Manafort Brothers Incorporated
• Methuen Construction Co. Inc.
• Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
• Pitney Bowes
• Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
• Skanska USA
• Staples Business Advantage
• Supervisor of Ship Building
• The Hartford
• The Metropolitan District (MDC)
• The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
• Triumph Integrated Systems
• UConn Health
• UConn Purchasing Department
• UConn Supplier Diversity Program
• United States Navy
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• U.S. General Services Administration – FAS
• U.S. General Services Administration – PBS
• United Technology Aerospace
• Viking Construction