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Wednesday,
September 22, 2021
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn
Downtown Bridgeport


Business After Hours at The Arcade Mall: 5-7p.m.
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Join Us!

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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.

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The 2021 Bridgeport Regional Business Expo is Free To Attend and Open to the Public

Join Us For A Day Of:

Networking

Visit 60+ booths showcasing the best of the Greater Bridgeport region while making new connections and broadening your network.

Interaction

Explore interactive displays and demonstrations throughout the day bringing the innovative and economic landscape of our region to life.

Workshops

Improve your business acumen with informative workshops in support of personal and professional development for new entrepreneurs & seasoned business professionals alike.

Panels

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

Exhibitors
ABC Sign Corporation
ABRI/Homes For The Brave
Action Business Coaching
AFLAC/Liz McGovern & Associates
Black Rock Social House
Bob Abbate Marketing
Bridgeport Islanders
Bridgeport Public Library
Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Bridges by EPOCH
Center For Children's Advocacy
ClearCaptions
Collins Medical Equipment & Accessibility Solutions
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
Connect-Us
CT Small Business Development Center
Data Tel LLC
Downes Construction Company
Flagship Networks
Frontier Communications
Greater Bridgeport Transit
Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bridgeport
Housatonic Community College
KGC Consulting
King Industries
Magnolia Chocolatier
Minuteman Press Shelton
Moran Agencies/Liberty Tax
National Health Care Associates
Newtown Savings Bank
Park City Compost Initiative
People's United Bank
Peralta Design
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
The Vault Virtual Reality
The WorkPlace
TrinityPoint Wealth
Trumbull Economic and Community Development
University of Bridgeport's STEM on Wheels Bus
WEBE 108 and WICC 600

and more!
Workshops
The Expo aims to bring together panel discussions and workshops to enhance your business and professional development acumen.
      Don't Miss:
  • Higher Education Panel
  • Marketing & Selling Workshops
  • Certification Workshop
  • Starting A Business Workshop
 
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Schedule

Keep checking in as we continue to update the offerings and schedule
9:00-10:30 AM
Vendor Set Up
Vendor Preview @ 10:30
11:00 AM
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
5:00 PM
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. 
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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.
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Sponsors

Contact Kate at Pipa@BRBC.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunitites.

Career Exploration Zone Sponsor:

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Premium Sponsors:

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Radio Partners:

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Event Sponsors:

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The Venue

Holiday Inn- Bridgeport-Trumbull-Fairfield
1070 Main St. 
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Holiday Inn features a 4,800 square feet Harbor Ballroom and seven meeting rooms.

A great location to learn about local businesses, network and attend valuable workshops.

 

Expo Committee

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

See You There!