"The 2016 CT Business Matchmaker was the first time I attended this event. I was impressed with the level of involvement from resource partners and companies willing to meet with small businesses. I found each of my interviews to be engaging and helpful not only from a potential business opportunity but from a networking opportunity. As we develop our network, we grow our opportunities for business expansion and job creation. Thank you so much for all the hard work to make an event like this possible for small businesses in Connecticut!"
Kimberly Ewalt, Charter Oak Environmental Services
"The enthusiasm of the matchmakers, sponsors, and resource partners was amazing. I am very thankful for the opportunities presented today."
Linda Fredrickson, Linda Fredrickson Design
"This is a great event for small business to expose their products and services to companies & municipalities that they might have difficulty making contact with in traditional ways."
Tom Krivickas, Boat Works of So. Windsor, Inc.
"The CT Business Matchmaker was a terrific use of my time. In just a matter of two hours I had 6 excellent meetings! People were receptive, open, and genuinely helpful. A unique and useful event."
Alexandra Roman, Listenable
"Matchmaker events sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Center have resulted in new industry clients, connections, resources, and strategic alliances. At both annual events I’ve attended, I maximized the planning strategies and tools the Center offers, making 30+ new connections. Three of them are now clients. It could take me months, a year, or even longer to meet this many of the 'right' people. Kudos to the team at the Center, which supports women-owned small businesses like mine!"
Heather Conley, Owner, Heather Conley Photography LLC
"This is a great small business event that brings together large and small firms. There's a lot of potential for networking to bring opportunities to the small business community and keep our country going. Small Business is the backbone of the US."
Norma Alberts, Small Business Liason, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
"The CT Business Matchmaker has allowed us to bring viable small businesses into our diverse supplier family. The event is a must-attend: well-planned, organized, and executed. The small businesses come well-prepared and, as a result, I have made connections and formed relationships that will soon turn into real business."
Jay Sheldon Wesley, Head of Global Supplier Diversity and Performance, Pitney Bowes, Inc.
"I have several sources who we use, have used, or are evaluating as a result of the Connecticut Matchmaker sessions. These Matchmaker sessions have been valuable in meeting sources that we possibly would not cross paths with."
Stephen Milas, Small Business Liaison Officer, Senior Buyer, Canberra
"This was a great event and it helped me to get to know the suppliers, talk with them, and get to know the goods and services that they can supply to the city."
Jack Pieper, Purchasing Agent, City of New Britain