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The Connecticut Economy

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Hartford Marriott Downtown

200 Columbus Blvd

Hartford, CT 06103-2807

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How are small businessesthe backbone of Connecticut's economy—adapting and evolving to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world?

Hear firsthand from small business leaders as they share their stories for navigating a dynamic economic climate, addressing workforce and workplace challenges, surviving and thriving in a supply chain, managing technology, and more.

We'll also dive into the 2018 elections as a panel of political experts break down the race for Connecticut's next governor, the battle for control of the state General Assembly, and how federal issues impact those campaigns.

And we'll share the results and detailed insights from CBIA's 2018 Survey of Connecticut Businesses.


7:30 am | Check-in & Networking Breakfast

8:30 am | Opening Remarks

  • Joe Brennan, President & CEO, CBIA

8:40 am | Small Business Stories: Adapting & Evolving in a Rapidly Changing World

  • Moderator: Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP

  • Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO, Bigelow Tea

  • David Lewis, President & CEO, OperationsInc.

  • Kelly-Marie Vallieres, President & CEO, Sound Manufacturing, Inc.

9:35 am | Networking Break

9:50 am | 2018 Connecticut Elections: Issues, Outlook, Forecasts

  • Moderator: Christine Stuart, Editor-in-Chief, CTNewsjunkie.com

  • Rich Hanley, Associate Professor, Journalism, Quinnipiac University

  • Gary Rose, Professor & Chair, Department of Government, Sacred Heart University

  • Jonathan Wharton, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Urban Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University

10:45 am | Networking Break

11 am | Results: 2018 Survey of Connecticut Businesses

  • Moderator: Michael Brooder, Hartford Office Managing Partner, Marcum LLP

  • Donna Dellomo, Chief Financial Officer, LoveSac

  • Lynn Fusco, President, Fusco Corporation

  • John Traynor, EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Peoples United Wealth Management

11:45 am: Adjourn

The Connecticut Economy is made possible through the generous support of Marcum LLP and KeyBank.

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