What are business leaders forecasting for Connecticut’s economy? The U.S. economy?
Are businesses growing? Are profits up?
How do business leaders rate the performance of state lawmakers? What do they think are the priorities for the next governor?
Find out the answers to those questions and more September 7, when we release the results of the 2018 Survey of Connecticut Businesses.
A panel of business leaders takes a deep dive into the survey results, examining the factors that are driving or hampering growth, hiring and investment trends, and the impact of federal tax and trade policies.
Top state political experts also explore the critical 2018 elections, breaking down the race for governor, the battle for control of the state legislature, and how federal issues impact those campaigns.
You’ll also hear firsthand from small business leaders as they share their stories for navigating a dynamic economic climate, addressing workforce and workplace challenges, surviving and thriving in a supply chain, managing technology, and more.
7:30 am | Check-in & Networking Breakfast
8:30 am | Opening Remarks
Joe Brennan, President & CEO, CBIA
8:40 am | Small Business Stories: Adapting & Evolving in a Rapidly Changing World
Moderator: Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP
Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO, Bigelow Tea
David Lewis, President & CEO, OperationsInc.
Kelli-Marie Vallieres, President & CEO, Sound Manufacturing, Inc.
9:35 am | Networking Break
9:50 am | 2018 Connecticut Elections: Issues, Outlook, Forecasts
Moderator: Christine Stuart, Editor-in-Chief, CTNewsjunkie.com
Rich Hanley, Associate Professor, Journalism, Quinnipiac University
Gary Rose, Professor & Chair, Department of Government, Sacred Heart University
Jonathan Wharton, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Urban Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University
10:45 am | Networking Break
11 am | Results: 2018 Survey of Connecticut Businesses
Moderator: Michael Brooder, Hartford Office Managing Partner, Marcum LLP
Donna Dellomo, Chief Financial Officer, LoveSac
Lynn Fusco, President, Fusco Corporation
John Traynor, EVP & Chief Investment Officer, People’s United Wealth Management
11:45 am: Adjourn