Georgina Schiavelli, Owner, Black Diamond Body Piercing
“It is really scary to be an entrepreneur. You need to be one of those people who can embrace the rebellious spirit that everyone has. You need to be the kind of person who can trust your gut. If you really know yourself and you really think you can do it, you can probably do it.”
Scott Barbanel, Head Brewer and Founder, Still Hill Brewery
“Along with the tremendous growth in craft beer in Connecticut, there is a strong market desire for locally crafted beers. It’s the perfect time to start a brewery in Connecticut.”
Paul Striebel, The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
“The real satisfaction of working with a start-up is witnessing the passion, energy, creativity and drive that the entrepreneurs exhibit toward making their idea a success. It is extremely rewarding to see an idea evolve into a product and a person emerge into a successful business owner.”
Jeff Roux, Owner, Excel Fitness
“It’s better to be a small fish in a big pond and then expand to a bigger pond. Start small, make sure it works and make sure it’s something you can do and then commit to a bigger thing.”
Kate Pipa, Co-Founder and CEO, Genuis Box, Inc.
"Connecticut's entrepreneurial ecosystem is great for so many reasons—having support from other local entrepreneurs plus the ability to share advice, resources, and ideas is huge."