September 22, 2021
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Business After Hours at The Arcade Mall: 5-7p.m.
Experience the excitement of the region's #1 Business Expo on September 22, 2021 as business and community leaders come together to showcase the dynamic economic, cultural, and educational offerings that the Greater Bridgeport region has to offer.
This event is brought to you by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) and affiliates Bridgeport, Stratford, and Trumbull Chambers of Commerce and Leadership Greater Bridgeport, Thrive Emerging Leaders, and Women's Leadership Network, as well at the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation.
The BRBC is the region's premier business organization that works with its members and partners to support the economic vitality of the Greater Bridgeport region.
All State and Local Guidelines will be followed at the Expo to keep our exhibitors, attendees, staff members, and community members safe. As of August 11, the City of Bridgeport is requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. To keep our community safe, masks will be required indoors at the Expo.
The 2021 Bridgeport Regional Business Expo is Free To Attend and Open to the Public
Join Us For A Day Of:
Visit 60+ booths showcasing the best of the Greater Bridgeport region while making new connections and broadening your network.
Explore interactive displays and demonstrations throughout the day bringing the innovative and economic landscape of our region to life.
Improve your business acumen with informative workshops in support of personal and professional development for new entrepreneurs & seasoned business professionals alike.
Hear from dynamic leaders on timely topics and leave with a renewed sense of all the things the Greater Bridgeport region has to offer culturally and economically.
There is no cost to attend the Expo as an attendee!
Pre-register to receive an event name tag and chance
to win a prize, plus stay up-to-date on event schedule.
Exhibitors & Workshops
ABC Sign Corporation
ABRI/Homes For The Brave
Action Business Coaching
AFLAC/Liz McGovern & Associates
Black Rock Social House
Bob Abbate Marketing
Bridgeport Public Library
Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Bridges by EPOCH
Center For Children's Advocacy
Collins Medical Equipment & Accessibility Solutions
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
CT Small Business Development Center
Data Tel LLC
Downes Construction Company
Greater Bridgeport Transit
Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bridgeport
Housatonic Community College
Minuteman Press Shelton
Moran Agencies/Liberty Tax
National Health Care Associates
Newtown Savings Bank
Park City Compost Initiative
People's United Bank
River Valley Retirement Community
Sacred Heart University
Sandler Training PEAK Sales Performance
Sonitrol Security Systems of Bridgeport
Stratford Economic and Community Development
The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
The Center for Family Justice
The Greater Bridgeport STEM Learning Ecosystem
The Innovative CPA Group
The Entrepreneurship Foundation
Trumbull Economic and Community Development
University of Bridgeport's STEM on Wheels Bus
WEBE 108 and WICC 600
The Expo aims to bring together panel discussions and workshops to enhance your business and professional development acumen.
Higher Education Panel
Marketing & Selling Workshops
Starting A Business Workshop
Keep checking in as we continue to update the offerings and schedule
Vendor Set Up
Vendor Preview @ 10:30
11:00 AM: Expo Begins - Doors Open To The Public!
11:30 - 12:00: "Five Steps To Starting A Business" Workshop
Presented by Valeria G. Bisceglia, Education & Training
Programs Advisor, and Steven Semaya, Business Advisor, CT Small Business Development Center
12:00 - 12:30: "The Consumer Decision Journey - Factors in Consumer Decision Process" Workshop
Presented by Andy Alcosser, Director Of Sales, WEBE 108, STAR 99.9,WPLR, WICC 600, 95.9 The Fox, 94.3 WYBC
12:30 - 1:00: "City of Bridgeport Workshop for Small Businesses Applying for American Rescue Plan Funds"
Presented by the City of Bridgeport
1:00 - 1:30 PM: "Tallo: The Connection to Your Future Workforce" Workshop
Presented by Channelle Refuge, VP of Partnerships, Tallo
1:30 - 2:00 PM: "Which Certification Is Right For You?" Workshop
Presented by Marisol Herrera, Business Development Manager/Procurement Specialist, CT PTAC
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Keynote Panel Discussion: Higher Education in the Greater Bridgeport Region
Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO, Housatonic Community College
Dr. Danielle Wilken, President, University of Bridgeport
Maryanne Davidson, Dean, St. Vincent's Medical College
3:30 - 4:00 PM: "How To Craft An Impeccable 30-Second Commercial" Workshop
Presented by Bob Carbonella, President, and Doug Rawady, Business Development Director, Sandler Training PEAK Sales Performance
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
The University of Bridgeport STEM on Wheels bus is a mobile laboratory, which offers hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experiences for the region.
Expo Ends - Vendor Wrap Up
5:00 - 7:00 PM: Join us for the After Hours!
Business After Hours at The Arcade Mall across from the Holiday Inn
Food and one (1) drink ticket included with $20 admission.
Featuring Berlinetta Brewing Co. beer, Afro-Tina Catering, and music by Nate Barnes Trio.
Contact Kate at Pipa@BRBC.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunitites.
Career Exploration Zone Sponsor:
A big thank you goes out to the BRBE Planning Committee who has helped make the 2021 event possible:
Bob Abbate, Bob Abbate Marketing
Gwendolyn Brantley, Greater Bridgeport STEM Learning Ecosystem
Lauren Coakley Vincent, Bridgeport's Downtown Special Services District
Kyle Dougherty, Dougherty Insurance Agency Inc.
Crystal Engram, Greater Bridgeport Transit
Andrea Hance Collins, Collins Medical Equipment
Melissa Helmer, Moran Agencies
Manette Macias, Thrive Emerging Leaders
John Noonan, Clear Captions
Tim O'Connor, Retail Performance Solutions
Kate Pipa, Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Roseann Santamaria, SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford - Southbury/Torrington -Newtown and Southern Litchfield County
Melanie Strout, University of Bridgeport
Dan Tamburro, Bridgeport Islanders
Mark Turocy, Black Rock Social House