Everything You Need to Know about the CT Supplier Connection


Connecticut might have been the fifth territory to join the United States, but it was the first to join Supplier Connection — as a Regional Growth Partner.

The Business Council of Fairfield County the lead organization behind the CT Supplier Connection and co-sponsor of the inaugural Supplier Connection Growth Summit on May 10th, knows how to make a good first impression.

Since starting in January of 2016, the CT Supplier Connection grew from one corporate buyer to eight and from 42 registered suppliers to 215!

Secrets of Success

How has CT Supplier Connection achieved such impressive results?

They introduced a quarterly newsletter that goes to all registered suppliers in the state, informing them about new buying members, best practices, and other ways to stay involved with the Supplier Connection platform and community.

They also partner with other CT organizations to host matchmaking sessions and expand the number of small and diverse suppliers registered from the state.

CT Supplier Connection isn’t resting on its laurels, however.

Great Expectations

In 2017, they hope to achieve 11 corporate buying members and more than 280 registered suppliers.

They also look forward to an increased CT  job growth among and higher revenue from the state’s corporate private sector.

Gary Breitbart, who heads CT Supplier Connection, also has big plans for the Supplier Development Academy.

Extolling the “huge” potential of the Academy, Breitbart plans to “increase the number of suppliers who earn Supplier Development Academy badges and then help them better target their business development processes to meet and engage with more of the large national buyers in the Supplier Connection network.”

Connection Supplier Connection leadership

Breitbart leads the CT Supplier Connection, with the help of a robust CT Supply Chain Roundtable.

The CT Supply Chain Roundtable, which provides input to the Supplier Connection agenda in the state, includes the deans of the business schools at the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University, buyers from Pitney Bowes Inc. and AVANGRID, and the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP.

It also includes representatives of government agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT Small Business Development Center, the CT Technology Council, CONNSTEP, and CT Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT).

Representatives from the CT Procurement Technical Assistance Program group and the Womens Presidents’ Organization also are members.

These businesses, organizations, and agencies banded together to start CT Supplier Connection because they viewed Supplier Connection as a unique opportunity to help Connecticut’s small and diverse businesses grow and create jobs.

Through the leadership of the roundtable, this vision is proving prescient.