Any Connecticut business leader can tell you the challenges of doing business here include high taxes, burdensome workplace mandates, and finding skilled workers.

But as tough as it is to make your business succeed in Connecticut, it's even harder to do it alone.

That's just one reason why thousands of businesses belong to CBIA.

In fact, when the 2018 General Assembly opened on Feb. 7, it wasn't long before some lawmakers submitted proposals for a wide range of new business taxes and workplace mandates, including a minimum wage hike, expanded paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave.

But CBIA and its Government Affairs Team stand ready to fight any legislation that hurts Connecticut businesses and inhibits job growth.

Connect with Lawmakers

Hundreds of business leaders and our partner chambers of commerce from across the state will converge on the state Capitol Wednesday, March 14 for Connecticut Business Day.

It's your opportunity to tell legislators how these proposals affect your ability to grow your company and create jobs.

Registration starts at 8:30 am in Room 2D of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford, and the program begins at 9 am in Room 2C.

The status quo is not sufficient—state lawmakers must adopt bold reforms that will signal Connecticut is going to compete fiercely.
— CBIA's Joe Brennan
Joe Brennan, president and CEO of CBIA, will welcome everyone and we'll hear from Lynn Ward, representing the Waterbury Regional Chamber and the Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

We expect to hear from Governor Dannel Malloy as well as members of the state's Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

We'll have issue breakout sessions on labor and workforce development, fiscal policy, and transportation.

'Bold Reforms' Needed

These sessions give you a chance to tell lawmakers how certain bills will help or hurt your business.

And we'll finish by noon.

Brennan said it's imperative that this year business leaders get involved in the legislative process and make sure lawmakers hear and understand them.

"The status quo is not sufficient—state lawmakers must adopt bold reforms that will signal to businesses large and small that Connecticut is going to compete fiercely in the global economy and become an economic leader," he said.

Thanks to the support from chambers of commerce and other business and trade groups, Business Day is free of charge.

But please register so we can reserve your place—and ensure your voice will be part of the discussion.


For more information on Connecticut Business Day, contact CBIA's Adam Ney (860.244.1933).