Before the Show - Business Champions Awards Breakfast 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Business Champions recognizes the Hartford Region's fastest growing private companies who have experienced phenomenal revenue or job growth year-over-year. Produced in partnership with the Metro Hartford Alliance, these businesses are honored at a stellar event in conjunction with the Connecticut Business Expo. Tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members. Register for this event HERE at www.metrohartford.com.
During the Show - 9 am to 4 pm - Destinations Preview:
Comcast Business - Join presenting sponsor Comcast at their booth in the central hub of the show; participate in their interactive information sessions and learn about their new products and services!
B2B Theater; Featured Keynotes throughout the day; relax at tables, meet a prospect, join a client, eat your lunch, listen to entrepreneurs making their pitch to Inc. Magazine & Cox Business for business prizes, figure out the nations demographics and how trends are driven and how businesses can capitalize from it, make the Identity Shift – your formula for advancing from sales person to business authority – it’s all here – all in one day! Get your seats!
9:30-10:45 ‘Get Started CT’
Cox Business and Inc. Magazine bring ‘Get Started CT’ offering local entrepreneurs expert advice and a chance to win a $5,000 technology package! Listen to four companies pitching their ideas to a panel of experts from Cox Business, Inc. Magazine and local CEO’s – see what idea won and why the judges chose that winner! CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER To enter the pitch competition, click HERE.
11:00-11:45 Ken Gronbach; 'Charting the Course Through Demographic Change' 'Demographer/Futurist – Generational Marketing Expert and Author. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
2:00-3:00 Duane Cashin; 'The Future of Sales' – Your formula for advancing from sales person to business authority' Duane is a nationally recognized motivational speaker.
In this presentation you will learn:
• How technology is dramatically changing buying behavior
• The future of prospecting and the critical adjustments you need to make
• How to influence today’s savvy buyers
• The 4 types of sales people and the 3 must have business skills that support top sales performance
• What it takes to establish “business equality” in the eyes of Top Executives
CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
EDUCATION; Free; Topical content in Sales, Marketing, Social Media and Business Services; sessions running 45 minutes each; 9:30, 10:45, 1:30 & 2:45; something for everyone in your company! CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
LUNCHTIME THINK TANK; Join us for a Lunchtime THINK TANK experience, hosted by Great Blue, that is intended to give participants an opportunity to throw out ideas and questions to each other. Hear a new perspective on your own business challenge. Offer your advice to others. Openly discuss where you need help and guidance and subsequently where we can offer our own experience and expertise to help others.You will walk away from this experience with solutions, new perspectives, and expanded resources. You will choose from the topics of Sales, technology, marketing or business services. This event is only a $15 dollar charge where you and fellow colleagues may enjoy a sandwich buffet, chips, cookies and drinks during this educational lunchtime think tank. Please advise...because this is a paid event in order to register for this event you will be taken to a Hartford Business Journal website registration page. You will have to register for the HBJ site (if you aren't already) in order to register for the CTBEXPO Lunchtime Think Tank. Please advise your ctbexpo.com username and login info does NOT work to sign into the HBJ site. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Seats are limited!
HEALTHY BUSINESS CHATS; Change is here! Join Phil Boyle of Access Health CT to learn how healthcare reform could have a positive effect on your business. You may be able to take advantage of federal tax credits that could save you money on healthcare for your people! Find out how! On the Show Floor; 45 minutes each; 9:30 & 1:30. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
HEALTHY CHATS; Have a sole proprietorship or small partnership? Learn how to buy individual or family insurance through Access Health CT, Connecticut’s new health insurance marketplace. The average resident will save $5,000/year. Phil Boyle of Access Health CT will help you see how much you can save! On the Show Floor; 45 minutes each; 11:00 & 3:00. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
SBA HISPANIC BIZ CENTER; Visit this interactive area focusing on the power of the Hispanic market. The U.S. Small Business Administration will host the “Hispanic Biz Center’. Hispanic experts will discuss various subjects such as the Power of the Hispanic Market in CT, Financing Your Businesses, Marketing to Hispanics, Economic Development in CT cities, Exporting and Franchising. Grow your business while diversifying your methods!
CONSTANT CONTACT; Join Constant Contact on the show floor for their powerful sessions on Social Media Marketing, the Power of Email Marketing and Getting Started Email Marketing Demonstrations – see our education sessions for times – don’t miss – make sure and register now! CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
CONNECTICUT CORRIDOR; Located on the show floor, visit your state agencies, they’re there to support you in your business development – get all your questions answered in one day!
CT BUSINESS CONNECTION; A one-stop-shop resource center for business development featuring free access to city, state and federal agencies – supported by the DECD
COMMISSIONERS RECEPTION; Sponsored by the all new CT SBDC, attend the end of day reception being held from 3-4 pm right on the show floor, Meet ‘n’ Greet with commissioners, dignitaries and guests! Food and Cash bar. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SHOW AND ATTEND THE RECEPTION
BBB PAVILLION; centrally located on the show floor, stop by your state’s BBB booth, visit the team and many BBB member companies exhibiting all in one area!
2014 Healthcare Solutions For Your Business Through Your Local Chamber of Commerce, Brought to you by Aetna, Chamber Insurance Trust and Chamber Leadership Cabinet's Workshops. Confused about Healthcare Reform? Learn about innovative healthcare options, the role of your insurance agent, and insurance carrier. With a transition in healthcare from business to business to business to consumer, you need to understand proper terminology and plan design. Learn about the Chambers of Commerce Integrated Benefit Solution which has been proven to control costs and maintain quality. The seminar will include a panel discussion with a representative from Aetna to have your questions answered. 10:00; 11:30; 1:00 & 2:30. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Statewide Business Networking Extravaganza! 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Whether attending or exhibiting, wrap up your day by joining us for one last burst of business building in the CT Convention Center Atrium. Food, Cash bar and music – 4-6:30pm
This event is hosted by the Hartford Business Journal.