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Connect Marketplace
27-29 August, 2024
Baird CenterMilwaukee, WI
27-29 August, 2024|Baird Center, Milwaukee, WI

Where Events Business Gets Done

The official meeting place for event professionals

Corporate ● Association ● RTO ● Specialty ● Sports

Unlimited Opportunity

Connect Marketplace is headed to Milwaukee this August. Don't miss your opportunity to join thousands of passionate event experts from around the globe for unparalleled networking, one-on-one business meetings, innovative education sessions, and a dynamic tradeshow overflowing with the latest event solutions.

This isn't just any conference—it's your gateway to unlimited opportunity.

Gain Access To...

Night club with disco ball and red/orange lighting


With diverse formats that cater to all, our unparalleled networking opportunities inspire genuine connections. Expand your network through one-of-a-kind experiences with over 2,000 event professionals across all career levels.

3 professionals sitting on a stage discussing educational content at a conference


Discover over 10 hours of expert-led education through case-studies, panels, and keynotes led by some of the industry's highest performers and thought-leaders. Earn up to 9 CMP credits through your participation. 

Professionals meeting with each other about business opportunities
1-on-1 Meetings

Our AI-powered matchmaking facilitates face-to-face meetings between buyers and suppliers from around the world. This tailored approach to networking will help you maximize your business potential and achieve more in less time. 

Dynamic trade show filled with networking professionals


Experience the pulse of innovation on our dynamic tradeshow floor. With over 200+ exhibitors showcasing premier event solutions, our marketplace has everything you need to push your events forward.

Connect Marketplace by the Numbers...




Hosted Buyers



Jaime Risch

Great Wolf Resort

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.

How to Attend...


Gain access to a targeted audience of buyers with significant purchasing power.

If you're looking to secure contracts from buyers that control spend in the conference, tradeshow, meetings, and sports industry, you qualify as a Connect supplier.

As a Connect supplier, you'll participate in scheduled one-on-one marketplace appointments and have the opportunity to showcase your offerings to a captive buyer. You'll also benefit from all of Connect Marketplace's unique offerings.

Your supplier badge includes:

✅ 2-Day access to our dynamic marketplace

✅ Entrance to Connect Marketplace networking events

✅ 10+ hours of educational content

✅ Up to 25 guaranteed marketplace appointments with qualified hosted buyers

Hosted Buyer

Meet one-on-one with suppliers capable of meeting your unique needs. 

If you're a meeting and event professional looking to source and select vendors for your upcoming event, you could qualify as a Connect Hosted Buyer. 

As a Connect Hosted Buyer, you'll participate in scheduled one-on-one marketplace appointments with highly-vetted suppliers from across the nation. We'll cover the cost of your travel and hotel accommodations so you can enjoy access to Connect Marketplace's unique offerings.

Your Hosted Buyer badge includes:

✅ 2-Day access to our dynamic marketplace

✅ Entrance to Connect Marketplace networking events

✅ 10+ hours of educational content

✅ Up to 45 marketplace appointments with qualified Connect Suppliers


Take your events to the next level.

Want to attend Connect Marketplace without the committing to one-on-one appointments? 

Whether you're wanting to expand your network, mingle with the industry's top performers, learn from industry thought leaders, or source vendors for your next event, you'll find what you're craving at Connect Marketplace. Our Buyer badge gives you all the benefits of Connect Marketplace, without the commitment of one-on-one appointments.

Your Buyer badge includes:

✅ 2-Day access to our dynamic marketplace

✅ Entrance to Connect Marketplace networking events

✅ 10+ hours of educational content

Group Registration

Elevate and energize your team at Connect Marketplace.

Our exclusive group registration rates allow you to bring your team and elevate your professional development, collaborating in an ideal environment for colleagues to foster both creative and professional growth. By taking advantage of our group registration rates, you'll be investing in your team's growth, development, and future.

Your team will gain access to:

✅ 2-Day access to our dynamic marketplace

✅ Entrance to Connect Marketplace networking events

✅ 10+ hours of educational content 

*Suppliers and sponsors interested in group rates should contact their Connect Marketplace sales representative.

Lil Jon

Guest Performer: Lil Jon

Thursday, August 29 ● 7:30-9:45 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer, Lil Jon, will take the stage at Connect Marketplace for an unforgettable closing party! This will be an experience like no other as Lil Jon brings his unmistakable voice, powerhouse energy, irresistible beats, and larger-than- life personality to the stage.