National Small Business Week SBA Awards & Resource Expo

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Celebrate National Small Business Week with the Connecticut District SBA and CBIA at our annual Awards & Resource Expo.

We will honor the state’s small business person of the year and recognize other exceptional small business leaders, nominated by organizations from across the state for their achievements and contributions.

You will hear from Lumi Hospitality co-founder and CEO Melissa Melonson, who shares her inspiring entrepreneurial journey, while a panel of small business leaders discuss their pathways to success.

And you will also have a chance to network with your peers and explore a range of small business resources at the expo.

AGENDA

1:30 pm | Check-In & Networking

2 pm | Welcome Remarks

  • Chris DiPentima, President & CEO, CBIA
  • Catherine Marx, District Director, Connecticut District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Dilawar Syed, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

2:15 pm | Pursuing the Small Business Dream

  • Melissa Melonson, Founder & CEO, Lumi Hospitality

2:55 pm | Surviving & Thriving: Small Business Success Stories

  • Moderator: Jerome Baier, Business Banking Regional Manager, M&T Bank
  • Naeem Khalid, CEO, Sam’s Food Stores
  • Ruan Marinho, Digital Strategist, DeveloMark
  • Rakesh Sahay, COO & Co-Founder, SimpliCapital

3:40 pm | Networking Break

3:55 pm | Small Business Awards Presented by SBA

5 pm | Resource Expo & Reception

6 pm | Adjourn


Cosponsorship Authorization #24-29-C. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

DATE

Thu, May 02, 2024
1:30pm – 6:00pm

LOCATION

TPC River Highlands

1 Golf Club Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

COST

FREE

OUR SPONSORS

The National Small Business Week SBA Awards & Resource Expo is made possible through the generous support of M&T Bank, with additional support from BDC Capital/CDC New England, Comcast, Community Investment Corporation, Liberty Bank, and Savings Bank of Danbury.

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