10
Speakers
80
Hosted Buyers
80
Suppliers
200
Attendees

CONNECT MIDWEST 2023

Start 2023 strong

Kick off a successful 2023 at Connect Midwest, the premier B2B conference for Midwest meeting planners sourcing events in the Association, Corporate, Specialty and Sports markets. At this reverse style trade show, suppliers are matched with qualified, top-of-the-line planners in one-on-one business appointments that leave attendees with unique business leads and connections. Don’t miss your chance to get a head start at our first event of the year.

I loved the speed dating format, and learning about new destinations and suppliers that you usually don’t see in the big conferences was totally
worth it.
Juliane Farinazzo, Bijou Group
Phone calls and emails are fine, and online meetings serve a purpose, but nothing beats a face-to-face conversation.
 Jim Thomas, Innovent Technologies
WHEN
Monday, January 30, 2023 through
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Supplier registration
WHERE
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61602
hosted buyers application

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Connect MIDWEST 2023

Destination: Peoria

Peoria Civic Center

Peoria, Illinois is located directly on the Illinois River in the heart of the Midwest. In addition to being easily accessible via interstate for various Midwest cities, Peoria is also home to an international airport with nonstop flights from 11 destinations. The Peoria Civic Center not only hosts a variety of sports and entertainment groups, it also has numerous exhibit halls and flexible meeting spaces making it the perfect place to get business done.

Supplier Hotel Reservations

CONNECT MIDWEST 2023

Agenda

4:15pm - 4:30pm
Registration and Welcome Happy Hour
 
4:45pm - 5:45pm
Whiskey Education
 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Open Night
 
7:00am - 8:30am
Morning Activies
9:00am - 10:15am
Taste of Peoria Breakfast
Peoria Civic Center
10:30am - 12:00pm
1-on-1 Appointments
 
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Lunch and Education
Peoria Civic Center
3:00pm - 5:30pm
1-on-1 Appointments
Peoria Civic Center
6:00pm
Discover Peoria Reception
Dinner at Jim’s Steakhouse, comedy at Kenny’s Westside Pub
8:30am - 9:30am
Discover Peoria Breakfast and Trivia
 
9:30am - 10:15am
Panel Discussion
 
10:30am - 12:00pm
1-on-1 Appointments
Peoria Civic Center
12:00pm
Departures
 

 CONNECT MIDWEST 2023

What they're saying...

Jaime Risch
Great Wolf Resorts
“Connect Marketplace will continue to be at the top of our list of trade shows. We have walked away from each event with a number of successes, new connections, creative activations, and new revenue producing opportunities. The Connect team has always been immensely supportive of all our Great Wolf properties, and aligned us with opportunities to make more connections with planners. This year at Connect Spring Marketplace in Puerto Rico, we walked away with $1.4 million in new lead opportunities. This is a first for our brand.”

Our Speakers

Liz Perout

Global Events Manager
DHL

John McHugh

CEO
Total Event Resources

Tess Di Iorio

Project and Client Success Manager
Imagine Experience

Kip Horton

Senior Vice President of Strategy
HPN Global

Our Sponsors

Where to go from here

Suppliers

To register for Connect Marketplace, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

Destinations & Convention Centers
Hotels
Venues
Event Technology
Event Experience Companies
Supplier Hotel Reservation Portal

Hosted Buyers