The Connecticut Economy (Sep 7) 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM

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,

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