Below is a sample of the day's schedule and special seminars ~ Our 2017 Schedule is coming soon!

9 AM  ~ Ribbon cutting in the Marketing HUB ~ Show begins

Education sessions begin at: 9:3010:3012:301:302:30 ~ in Sales, Marketing, Technology and Trending Now Education Hubs

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM ~ Comcast Business ‘Entrepreneurs 4 Innovation’ Luncheon - In the Sales Hub

9:20 AM - 3:15 PM ~ Small Business Administration Sessions in the SBA Hub:

9:20am ~ Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Remarks by: District Director Anne Hunt 

9:30am-1:00pm ~ Business Smart Toolkit – “Ready, Set, Go!”

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs. The three modules focus on:

  • 9:30am-10:30am READY: Basics of Business Startup - 
(Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages)
    Presented by: Milena Erwin, Women Business Center                                                                       

  • 10:45am-11:45am SET: Essentials of becoming credit-ready – (Where to get money; five C’s of Credit; how to prepare a business loan application)
    Presented by: Aya Beckles Swanson, CIC

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm GO: How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. (SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Center for Women & Enterprise, Veteran’s Centers)
    Presented by: Moraima Gutierrez, SBA & Frank Alvarado, SBA


1:15pm – 2:15pm ~ Government Contracting: Opportunities Available to you

Lisa Powell – U.S. Small Business Administration

Lisa Wood – State Director, PTAP 

2:30- 3:15pm ~ Are You Ready to Export? Explore the Benefits & Resources Available to You 

Jacqueline Torcellini - UCONN/CTSBDC 

John Xu - U.S. Small Business Administration  



9:45 AM - 3:30 ~ Business Connection Sessions ~ Brought to you by CERC and the CT Department of Economic and Community Development

9:45 – 10:15 am Obtaining Small Business Financing

10:30 - 11 am Understanding Business Registration and Licensing

11:15 – 11:45 am Utilizing Government Contracting and Procurement

1:30 – 2 pm Accessing Entrepreneurial Programs

2:15 – 2:45 pm Becoming Lean and Green

3 – 3:30 pm Developing Your Workforce

3 PM ~ State of CT Commissioner's Reception and Launch of the 'Doing Business In CT' Magazine ~ hors d'oeuvres and cash bar ~ State of CT Corridor


Co-Communications Social Media Hub ~ 9-4

Visit and support your local merchants in the Retail & Entertainment Hub 9-4

Green Corridor ~ Learn about products and services that can help your business go GREEN ~ 9-4

ConnectiCare Health & Wellness Corridor, sponsored by ConnectiCare ~ 9-4

Comcast Business Booth - Center of Show Floor ~ ENJOY FREE WIFI - ALL DAY - 9-4 and enter to win great prizes, including a New England weekend getaway!

Better Business Bureau Pavilion ~ 9-4

Pita Communications ~ ‘In the Pocket’ ~ 9-4 in the Lobby

4 PM - 6 PM  ~ Networking Extravaganza in the Lobby ~ Enjoy food and music with more networking. Cash Bar.