“The CT Business Matchmaker introduces us to some of the state’s highest quality project partners available in the industry today. These partners are vital to our success as a General Contractor working in the state of Connecticut.”
Mike Loiselle, Methuen Construction
“The CT Business Matchmaker is a great networking event. I connected with several companies I likely would not have otherwise have met.“
Shantaya Williams, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
“Through the CT Business Matchmaker, we accomplished our goal of reaching out to new subcontractors and providing economic opportunities to local businesses. I also appreciate the presence of resource partners in the event. They help get the small businesses ready for the opportunities we put out to bid. I like to network with those agencies as well so I know what resources are available to support the success of our vendors. The MDC is committed to this process that helps build opportunities for small businesses.”
Michael Jefferson, The Metropolitan District (MDC)
“The CT Business Matchmaker is our favorite event of the year! It allows us to meet with small businesses that we normally would miss. We are grateful to attend and Sponsor an event that helps open the door for so many small businesses in Connecticut.”
Bethel Hairston, Skanska USA Building Inc.
"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
"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
“I was thrilled to participate in the 2017 event. We found the exact company we needed for an important project. Without the Matchmaker, we wouldn’t have met and this would have been a sorely missed opportunity for both businesses.”
Kimberly Ewalt, Charter Oak Environmental Services
"The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has been participating in the CT Business Matchmaker events for many years, and we look forward to continuing to do so. These annual events provide us with the opportunity to network with existing vendors and also provide us with the opportunity to form new business relationships. The connections and partnerships we have formed have been very valuable."
Jessica Hayton & Sharon Zarotney, Purchasing Department, Connecticut Lottery Corporation
“The Matchmaker event has allowed me to sit with potential customers that I would not have met in any other venue.”
Dr. Kevin McGivern, Dufrane Nuclear Shielding, Inc.
“In one day we were able to make the number of contacts we normally make in a month. A very productive day!”
Hermann Cortes-Barrios, Lifecare Design Inc.
“What a tremendous opportunity it was to take part in CT Business Matchmaker. It opened doors for our service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and for that I’m grateful. We had the opportunity to pitch our company no less than 11 times!”
Kim Guedry, Ceveal Solutions, LLC
“This was a very efficient use of time. The information obtained at the CT Business Matchmaker will save us hundreds of hours of marketing work.”
Kathleen and Jon Russell, SafeStart Systems LLC
“The CT Business MatchMaker is time well spent. The Prime contractors and suppliers that attend are first rate businesses looking to obtain work from you. The team putting on this event is extremely organized and helpful. I highly recommend this event to all types of businesses!”
Stacy Dennis, All New England Contractor Services, LLC
“The CT Business Matchmaker is a fabulous way for small businesses to connect and collaborate with larger corporate giants.”
Karen Thomas, Etiquette
"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
"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
“This was my first time at Matchmaker. It was very helpful, from the face-to-face contacts to the people I met walking around the event. I got a lot of advice and good ideas, as well as promising contacts.”
Jessica Jackson, Custom Photo and Design Inc.
“We have been a small company since 1999. I never knew there were so many resource partners that can help!”
Beth Lundy, Vision Technologies, LLC
“This was a unique and ground-breaking opportunity to network my business.”
Kris Reaske, Primerica Financial Services