Connecticut Business Expo 2013 Unveils Show Highlights

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Connecticut’s largest b2b tradeshow adds new features, enhances professional development offerings.

On June 6, 2013 The Connecticut Business Expo will kick off at 9:00am at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Be prepared to network, learn, grow and prosper at this year’s event, produced by Hartford Business Journal. With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, the 2013 Connecticut Business Expo will feature two keynote speakers at the B2B Theater, an all-new networking luncheon and many more exciting highlights. The event will come to a close at 4p.m., followed by a Statewide Business Networking Extravaganza in the Connecticut Convention Center Atrium.

“We have worked hard to bring the best and brightest to this year’s CT Business Expo,” said Gail Lebert, publisher, Hartford Business Journal. “This year’s Expo is our biggest yet, featuring even more opportunities for networking and professional development.”

This excitement-filled day of networking will begin with the Business Champions Awards Breakfast from 7:15a.m. - 8:45 a.m., recognizing privately held companies in the categories of innovation, workforce and sustainable practices. Companies will also be honored for revenue growth in the Hartford Region and the best new startup or launch winner will be recognized.

Downstairs, on the show floor, attendees can visit more than 180 exhibits, attend two free keynote presentations and participate in educational break-out sessions on Sales, Marketing, Social Media and Business Services. The event will conclude with a meet and greet at the 'Commissioners Reception' with Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D., Vice President for Economic Development UConn, Commissioner James Redeker, Department of Transportation and Deputy Commissioner Ron Angelo, Department of Economic and Community Development, held on the show floor from 3 p.m. – 4p.m.

The 2013 CT Business Expo keynotes will be delivered by Ken Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, LLC and author of the current best-selling book The Age Curve: how to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm will speak from 9:30a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Following, Duane Cashin will speak about The Future of Sales – Your formula for advancing from sales person to business authority from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Some key take-aways include: How to influence today’s savvy buyers, the secrets to self-motivation, why the future of selling is extremely bright and what it takes to establish “business equality” in the eyes of top executives. To register, visit:

Several new highlights to this year’s event include:

•‘Get Started CT’ which offers four local organizations expert advice and the chance to win a $5,000 technology package. Presented by Inc. Magazine and Cox Business.

•Lunchtime Think Tank, a networking luncheon held at the B2B Theater and sponsored as well as moderated by Great Blue.

•Healthy Business Chats, presented by Access HEALTH CT, where attendees can learn how healthcare reform could have a positive effect on your business and save you money. Find out how!

•SBA Hispanic Biz Center, where experts will host interactive discussions on the Power of the Hispanic Market in CT and Marketing to Hispanics.

Admission to the CT Business Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees can pre-register at or at the door. Online pre-registrants will have the ability to print out name badges ahead of time and reserve their seats in educational seminars, show floor theater programs, and will not have to wait in line the day of the show. To exhibit, sponsor or attend the 2013 Connecticut Business Expo visit To register for the Business Champions Breakfast, please click here.

The 2013 Connecticut Business Expo is made possible with support from: Comcast Business (presenting sponsor); COX Business, Pro Systems, NBC Connecticut (platinum sponsors); The Center for Research, Better Business Bureau (gold sponsors); Telemundo, DRC-FM and WDRC-AM 1360 (media partners); CT Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, ConstantContact (event sponsors); Co-Communications, J. Fiereck Photography, New Wave Industries, Premier Graphics, Rider Productions and XL Color (supporting partners).


About Hartford Business Journal

Hartford Business Journal is the only audited weekly, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it’s market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning weekly is the “must read” for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 25,000 affluent and educated business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit or call 860.236.9998.

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