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The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change at the State Capitol, shaping debate about economic competitiveness, and fighting for a better future for all.

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CBIA Membership Councils

Get active on issues that impact your business

Your CBIA membership provides opportunities to get involved and help make Connecticut a more competitive place for business. From bioscience to small business; from manufacturing to HR and policy specific councils, join a group that meets your specific needs.

CBIA staff members who share your vision run each group. Meet like-minded people and get active by directly contacting council representatives or calling 860.244.1900.

Business Law & Liability Council

Consisting of attorneys specializing in this area of business law, this group identifies and provides input on legislative actions and court rulings affecting business liability costs. Members meet with legislators, provide input for amicus briefs and often provide testimony at public hearings to further CBIA’s agenda.

Contact Louise DiCocco

Connecticut Bioscience Growth Council

The Connecticut Bioscience Growth Council consists of representatives from CBIA member companies with biotech, pharmaceutical, and bioscience-related interests. Working with CBIA staff, the council communicates to policymakers strategies to fuel industry job growth and timely introduction of new medicines, medical devices, and products developed and/or manufactured with the aid of bioscience. The council meets regularly and interacts with the Connecticut General Assembly’s Life Sciences Caucus and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation.

Contact Paul Pescatello

E2: Energy &

E2: Energy & Environment Council is Connecticut’s premier membership organization for energy and environment issues. The council comprises members who are interested in keeping up-to-date on the latest compliance requirements and in assisting CBIA in developing and advocating policy positions. Members meet monthly, receive regular email alerts on regulatory and legislative activity, and can access information through the council’s web site. They also may participate on any of several task forces and work groups focusing on legislative and regulatory issues.

Contact Eric Brown


Comprising public policy/government affairs professionals from some of our larger member companies, this group helps the association in policy development and provides a forum for discussing critical policy and political issues facing Connecticut employers.

Contact Eric Gjede


This group includes health benefit experts from Connecticut companies interested in healthcare affordability and availability. This year, members helped one another understand and comply with their obligations under the Affordable Care Act and stay up to date on healthcare policy changes and trends. In addition, the council focused on state policies impacting the cost of healthcare and provided feedback to the state Office of the Healthcare Advocate regarding policies included in the State Innovation Model initiative.

Contact Michelle Rakebrand


Our Human Resources Council meetings are attended by some of the top HR professionals in the state. In addition to providing networking opportunities, the council’s fast-paced breakfast meetings help members keep up-to-date on current trends, the most recent state and federal court decisions, and developing legal issues affecting their day-to-day operations.

Contact Phillip Montgomery

Labor &
Law Council

Consisting of attorneys and senior human resource managers specializing in this area of business law, the group identifies and provides input on legislative actions and court rulings affecting labor and employment law. Members meet with legislators, provide input for amicus briefs and often provide testimony at public hearings to further CBIA’s agenda.

Contact Eric Gjede


Our Legal Affairs Council challenges court and government administrative rulings that could negatively affect the business community. It regularly files amicus briefs supporting its positions. The council is composed of general counsels from member companies with an interest in identifying federal and state litigation that could have an impact on the state’s business climate.

Louise DiCocco


Made up exclusively of members who are top executives of manufacturing companies, this council focuses on improving the manufacturing business climate in our state and the recognition of manufacturing’s importance to the state’s economic well-being. Council members attend regional meetings with state legislators, and they are often featured prominently in our publications and media campaigns.

Contact Adam Ney


This group of government affairs experts and executives from businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce meets weekly (on Monday mornings) during the legislative session to review events at the state Capitol, plan strategy and build coalitions.

Contact Eric Gjede

Safety & Health Roundtable

Connecticut’s best resource for managers with occupational safety and health loss or control responsibility, the Safety and Health Roundtable holds six information-packed meetings per year. Expert speakers on today’s most pressing issues, regulatory and legislative updates, and networking opportunities are just some of the benefits offered by membership in this special-interest group.

Contact Phillip Montgomery

Small Business Advisory Council

Our Small Business Advisory Council helps shape CBIA’s public policy agenda, which is a list of recommendations for legislative and regulatory reforms. The group’s advisory council also promotes the involvement of member companies in the association’s public-affairs activities and provides input for our products and services. Members are top executives from Connecticut small businesses.

Contact Shannon King

Taxation & Finance Committee

This committee helps formulate our public policy positions on tax issues. The committee is composed of tax experts within the membership representing various industries, as well as tax practitioners. The committee generally meets quarterly, although additional meetings may be scheduled during the legislative session to make recommendations concerning Connecticut tax policy.

Contact Eric Gjede

Workers' Compensation Council

Composed primarily of managers and other professionals responsible for their company’s workers’ compensation programs, this group identifies and provides input on CBIA’s workers’ compensation public policy initiatives. This includes our review of court actions that can lead to CBIA’s involvement as an amicus party. This group also monitors the activities of the state offices that are responsible for administering or overseeing the state’s workers’ compensation system. Council members frequently meet with regulators and legislators to help improve the system.

Contact Louise DiCocco