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HARTFORD, Conn. (May 18, 2023) — Access Health CT (AHCT) Small Business and the MetroHartford Alliance today announced the first Connecticut Small Business Summit, which will take place Tuesday, June 13 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a free event. To register, visit

Join other small business owners at the Connecticut Small Business Summit, an innovative one-day event full of engaging opportunities to discuss current trends and challenges small businesses face and ways these things can be addressed. Attendees will gain direct access to consultants on various topics from tax credits to health and wellness through panel discussions and one-on-one sessions. This event will feature two keynote speakers: Governor Ned Lamont and Entrepreneur Gina Luari, CEO and Founder of The Statement Group, which is the only female-owned-and-led restaurant group in the state. Her popular restaurants include The Place 2 Be and RAW*.

The Summit will include two panel breakout sessions covering four areas directly affecting small businesses: balance sheet management, marketing and community impact, tax credits, grants and government programs and health and wellness management. Free breakfast and lunch will be served, and the event concludes with a speed networking vendor expo.

“We are thrilled to partner with MetroHartford Alliance on the first-ever Connecticut Small Business Summit,” said John Carbone, Access Health CT Director of Small Business and Product Development. “We strongly encourage small business owners in the state to join us for this one-of-a-kind event, which will give them the opportunity to network and learn about valuable resources available to them that will benefit them and their employees.

“Access Health CT Small Business is dedicated to being a partner to Connecticut small businesses,” he continued. “We saw this as a perfect opportunity to join with MetroHartford Alliance to present this event that will help these businesses get access to information and guidance in a range of areas from trusted business owners and leaders.”

“The MetroHartford Alliance is thrilled to help convene a diverse community of thinkers and doers at the Connecticut Small Business Summit,” said David Griggs, MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO.  “Sharing experiences and knowledge is paramount for supporting business owners as they navigate the challenging path of business growth.”


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About Access Health CT

Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace established in 2011, is a place where individuals, families and businesses can shop, compare and enroll in quality healthcare plans from brand-name insurance companies. It is the only place where people could qualify for financial help to lower costs. AHCT supports health reform efforts at the state and national level and provides Connecticut residents with resources for better health, and an enhanced and more coordinated healthcare experience, resulting in healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier Connecticut. AHCT’s mission is to decrease the number of uninsured residents, improve the quality of healthcare, and reduce health disparities through an innovative, competitive marketplace that empowers consumers to choose the health coverage that gives them the best value. Connecticut residents and small business owners can compare and enroll in healthcare coverage and apply for tax credits for individuals through AHCT. AHCT (or the Marketplace) also partners with the Dept. of Social Services for eligibility and enrollment with state Medicaid Insurance and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. For more information about individual plans, visit For more information about small business plans, visit Like us on Facebook at  and follow us on Twitter @AHCT_SmallBiz.