CT Supplier Connection Hosts Event for Potential Suppliers


Supplier Connection is a dynamic community of procurement managers, entrepreneurs, and economic development organizations committed to improving their communities and creating jobs in America.

No where is this more true than in Connecticut, where the dedicated team behind CT Supplier Connection is working to enhance economic opportunities in their state.

As part of that effort, CT Supplier Connection hosted its first event: “CT Small and Diversity Suppliers: Is Your Company Ready to Win Contracts with Large Buyers?”

It’s clear entrepreneurs from across Connecticut were interested in answering that question, as more than 60 small and diverse business owners attended the event.

To find out what it takes to register for Supply Connection and win large corporate contracts, those in attendance were furnished with presentations by:

  • Jay Sheldon Wesley, head of global supplier diversity and performance at Pitney Bowes Inc.;
  • Gary Breitbart, head of CT Supplier Connection; and
  • Tim Coates, economic development program manager at IBM Corporate Citizenship.

You can view the event presentation here.

The event was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut, SECTER, and The Business Council of Fairfield County, at the Mystic Aquarium.

CT Supplier Connection was launched in January 2016 with the goal of registering more than 200 Connecticut suppliers by December 2016 — and the number of small and diverse suppliers registered stood at more than 175, following the event.

CT Supplier Connection also has recruited an impressive roster of corporate buyers, including: Pitney Bowes Inc.United Illuminating, AVANGRID, United Rentals, Nestlé, and Sikorsky.

The Supplier Connection community is alive and growing – especially in Connecticut!