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Annual Business Matchmaker Helps Connecticut Entrepreneurs Find the Perfect Match

Event connects product/service providers with potential new business

April 28, 2016

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs is finding the right opportunities to network with prospective business partners and clients. Time is always at a premium, so it's important that events offer high-value contacts with as many decision-makers as possible. CT Business Matchmaker is among Connecticut's largest events designed to pair small, established businesses with prime contractors, government agencies, and municipalities who are actively interested in increasing their supplier lists. The seventh annual event will be held on the campus of the University of Hartford in June, and registration is now open.

CT Business Matchmaker 2016 will offer an invaluable opportunity for small business owners to expand their contracting opportunities. During the event, attendees will present their products and services to potential customers in a series of ten-minute, one-on-one interviews with matchmaker participants. Among those participants are state and federal agencies, large corporations, municipalities, and educational institutions, all of whom come into the event with business needs they are seeking to fill. A full list of participating organizations follows.

“We are always pleased with the number of small businesses who walk away from Business Matchmaker with new opportunities,” said Sandra Cahill, Director of the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center. “As long as attendees come prepared, they will meet people who may open doors for them and help them get business. It works!” Free training is available to help small businesses prepare to make the most of their participation in the event.

CT Business Matchmaker 2016 will be held from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, at the Gengras Student Union at the University of Hartford. Small business registration is now open, and a discounted registration fee of $50 is available until May 13. From May 14 through 26, the fee is $65. Advance registration is required, and attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for five matchmaker appointments immediately upon registration. Space is limited.

CT Business Matchmaker 2016 is presented by the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center and Women’s Business Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, CT Department of Administrative Services, CT Procurement Technical Assistance Program, CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the U.S. General Services Administration. The event’s Platinum sponsor is the Metropolitan District (MDC), and the Silver sponsor is Pitney Bowes.

To sign up or learn more, visit www.hartford.edu/matchmaker.

About The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center
The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, throughout Connecticut. Part of the nationally-renowned Barney School of Business, the EC helps small business owners and employees to 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/ec.

2016 PARTICIPATING MATCHMAKER ORGANIZATIONS:

A. Secondino & Son, Inc.
AVANGRID
Boston Scientific
Canberra Industries Inc
Cianbro Corporation
City of Hartford
City of Meriden
City of New Britain
Connecticut Lottery Corporation
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Dimeo Construction
Downes Construction
Elbit Systems of America / Kollsman Inc.
Enterprise Builders, Inc.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
GENERAL DYNAMICS Electric Boat
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Greater Hartford Transit District
Greenwood Industries
GSA
Kaman Composite Structures
Kamatics RWG
Morganti Group Inc.
Otis Elevator Company (UTC Business Unit)
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Rolls-Royce Marine North America, Inc.
Sikorsky
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Staples Business Advantage
Supervisor of Shipbuilding- Groton, CT
Sysco Foods of Connecticut
The Hartford
The Metropolitan District (MDC)
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Triumph Group
United Technologies Aerospace Systems
United Technologies Corporation
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut Health Center
University of Hartford
US EPA
US Navy NAVFAC
Viking Construction
W.W. Grainger
Western Connecticut State University

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