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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


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Sep 29, 2020

Melissa Biggs, Partner at DNB Lobby, shares her experience as a lobbyist for the manufacturing industry and specifically with the Connecticut Manufacturers Collaborative (CMC).

In this episode, she discusses great ideas on how to engage with legislators and build powerful relationships over time. She encourages manufacturers to get involved in the legislative process and make their voices heard in order to drive real impact.

Melissa is hopeful that the legislative successes she's had while working with the CMC will encourage others that real change is possible if you take a little time to be part of the process.

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