May 20, 2019

Dom’s Coffee Talks Success, Growth, and Expansion

“I think with everything in life, especially with business, you don’t need to be afraid to ask,” advises Dom’s Coffee Co-Owner Andrius Plankis.

April 12, 2021

Capital Ice Cream—A Happy Place in Hartford

"Do the work, stretch yourself beyond your own expectations, and be kind at all times," advises Capital Ice Cream Co-Owner Chantell Boissiere-Kelly.

April 2, 2021

Connecticut Forum Leadership Transition Inspires and Empowers

“In terms of an entrepreneurial spirit, The Forum lives in that space. We’re always thinking about how to do things better, newer, and with more impact and ways to extend our mission, our reach, and our brand,” explains Ruth Cullen, who will step into an Executive Director role in June with Co-Founder and CEO Doris Sugarman steps aside.

April 1, 2021

Connecticut’s Coffee Scene Is Brewing

The Hartford Region has plenty of great coffee shops to keep us fueled—whether we’re working from the office or working from home.

March 29, 2021

Perfect Poundcakes Finds Success in East Hartford

Find out how Perfect Poundcakes Founder Tamika Mitchell took a well-loved family recipe and turned it into a thriving bakery.

March 29, 2021

Startup Brewery and Roastery Coming to West Hartford

“The concept has been to create a communal gathering place with a community-based feeling where you can support local. A place to connect with your community, sip craft beverages, and share your lives/thoughts/ideas,” says WeHa Brewing and Roasting Founder Cody McCormack.

February 19, 2021

CT Entrepreneur Brings Cajun Restaurant to Greater Hartford

“Being able to go out on my own is something I love doing. I don’t mind the risk. You have to be able to take risk if you’re going to open a restaurant, especially during COVID-19,” says Roux Cajun Eatery Owner Stephanie Civitillo.

February 16, 2021

West Hartford Coffee Entrepreneur Makes an Impact

“The beauty of entrepreneurship is the flexibility. This year, if we want to go in a different direction, we can. There’s nothing that binds us and it opens these new opportunities,” says J.René Coffee Roasters and Victus Coffee Principal Owner José René Martínez.

January 19, 2021

El Pollo Guapo Grows Business with Three Locations in the Hartford Region

El Pollo Guapo Co-Owners Heather and Roy Riedl share about their business growth and plans to continue takeout to keep the community well fed.

January 12, 2021

Winter Support for CT Restaurants

With winter’s chilly weather, now, more than ever, we need to help our local restaurants stay afloat.

January 4, 2021

Hartford Organizations Collaborate to Create Unique Experiential Dining Experiences

Find out how Lumi Agency and weHartford Founder Melissa Melonson collaborated with the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations to create experiential events.

October 30, 2020

CT Photographer Launches Low-Waste Lifestyle Brand

“I love to work with clients who have mission-based companies like mine,” explains Allegra Anderson, who recently launched Allegra Anderson Home and Lifestyle.

August 26, 2020

Hartford Prints! Is Happy on Pratt

“Having a business in downtown Hartford, we’ve found the community in Hartford is always so supportive,” says Hartford Prints! Co-Owner Rory Gale.

July 23, 2020

Food Entrepreneur Brings Experiential Dining to West Hartford

“Our ability to provide a large, open outdoor space where people can socially distance dine and access mobile outdoor kitchens that are being operated by far fewer individuals, I think, is ultimately a wise thing,” says GastroPark co-founder Tate Norden.

July 10, 2020

Hartford Has Colt Park

Designated as part of the Colt Industrial District, Colt Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1976.

July 2, 2020

Helping Sustain Historic Keney Park

“I enjoy the work I do because I feel our parks are our saving grace. They’re how we can turn our cities around and make them into destinations,” says Keney Park Sustainability Project Founder/Executive Director Herb Virgo.

July 1, 2020

Riverfront Recapture: A Regional Asset

“We’re thrilled that our Riverfront Park system is more popular than ever before,” says Michael Zaleski, President & CEO Riverfront Recapture, Inc.

June 22, 2020

Hartford’s Own Sea Tea Improv

“We’re proud to be part of a growing, healthy, exciting, artistic community in Hartford,” says Sea Tea Improv Co-Founding Member and Managing Director Julia Pistell.

June 18, 2020

CLARO Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride

“We welcome all types of people from every race, gender, and orientation,” says CLARO Marketing Director Jalmar DeDios.

June 1, 2020

Parkville Market Is Open for Business

“Every business, large or small, is finding a way to forge ahead and, for us, not opening was not an option,” says Director of Operations Chelsea Mouta.

May 20, 2020

Hartford Restaurant Embraces Opportunity During Challenging Times

“We’re in a situation we can’t control and how you come out of it is going to define your business,” says Place 2 Be Owner Gina Luari.

March 25, 2020

Rebel Dog Coffee Founders Share Entrepreneurial Experience

Rebel Dog Coffee co-owners Peter Lemnotis and Harrison Poltorak and Digital and Community Manager Kaitlin Higgins share about the business’ growth since its 2017 launch.

March 18, 2020

Hartford-Based Eatery and Catering Company Stella’s and Mazie’s

Stella’s and Mazie’s has been cooking and serving African-American, West African, and Caribbean food to takeout or enjoy at Stella’s Eatery on Capital Avenue or for catered events through Mazie’s Catering since the two chefs decided to go into business together in 2016.

Hartford Community Theater Explores Social Justice

ActUp Theater is intentionally located in the inner-city of Hartford, CT, where many have limited or no access to quality arts. One of our driving forces is Hartford is where we call home.

Hartford Has The Wadsworth

“We’re becoming a more visitor-focused organization than we’ve ever been in our history. That, in itself, is innovation. And, despite what people sometimes say, Connecticut has always been a place of innovation,” says Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Director and CEO Tom Loughman.

Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center

Find out how Charter Oak Cultural Center makes arts and culture accessible to everyone in Greater Hartford—and beyond. Read our interview with director Rabbi Donna Berman.

Serial Entrepreneurs Open Pokeworks Location in West Hartford

Find out how and why serial entrepreneurs and lifelong friends Sonny Chen and Max Condren decided to open Pokeworks – West Hartford.

CT Coffee Shop Creates and Supports Local Community

For Silk City Coffee, serving the community creating a community space and giving back by supporting local programs.

With Dozens of Choices, CT is a Destination for Beer Lovers

Connecticut startup breweries are all the buzz right now. Innovation Destination Hartford has had the pleasure of touring several throughout the Greater Hartford area.

Hartford Has Winterfest

“Winterfest brings together people from all different ages and all different backgrounds who are just having a fun time in downtown Hartford in the middle of winter in a beautiful, historic park,” says iQuilt Executive Director Jackie Mandyck.

Serial Entrepreneur Creates a Food Presence in Hartford

Find out more about serial entrepreneur Cary Wheaton, who is Founder and Owner’s Representative at Firebox Restaurant and Executive Director of Forge City Works.

CT Business Owners Reinvent Café to Provide Jobs for People with Disabilities

BeanZ Co-Founder Kim Morrison talks about her entrepreneurial evolution and the importance of creating inclusive work environments.

Urban Lodge Brewing Co. Shares Startup Experience

Urban Lodge Brewing Co. Co-Owners Michael Gerrity and Ryan Fagan became friends and brothers-in-law when they married sisters. The two took a brewing class together about five years ago, which is when the idea to open a local brewery began.

Hartford Creatives Are Building a Music and Dance Space for the Hartford Arts Community

Parkville Sounds Founder Stephen Cusano and Hartford Dance Collective Artistic Director Jillan Foley are collaborating to create a home for thriving Hartford artists.

Greater Hartford Brewery Supports Local Community and Businesses

Find out how Brewery Legitimus has been working to build its clientele and support local businesses.

Parkville Market Creates Economic Development in Hartford

“This neighborhood is an amazing community that wants to work together and develop Parkville as a destination. People are so happy to work and live here,” says Parkville Market with Director of Operations Chelsea Mouta.

The 10th Annual Hartford Rib Off

Local small business owner Guy Neumann grew a backyard BBQ party into a charitable event that draws thousands of people to Hartford and has raised more than $150,000 since 2009.

CT Founder Shares Updates About Her Healthy Food Startup

Let’s Start From Scratch offers an online order system and provides prepared meals and boutique catering, prepared meals, and cooking classes.

Hartford-Based Craftbird Food Truck Shares Startup Experience

Craftbird Food Truck co-founder Mallary Kohlmeyer shares about her experience starting a small business in Greater Hartford.

Parkville Sounds Provides a Creative Space for Musicians

Parkville Sounds Founder Stephen Cusano shares about his startup, which provides space for Hartford-area musicians and artists as well as touring bands passing through the city.

Hartford-Based Coffee Startup Story and Soil

“There’s an opportunity here. We’re all anticipating the momentum that’s already been happening within the whole food scene in Hartford,” says Story and Soil Founder Michael Acosta.

CT Dance Companies Put Their Spin on Entrepreneurship

Four Connecticut-based creative entrepreneurs share how they turned their dance companies into successful Hartford-area businesses.

Serial Entrepreneur Brings Axe Throwing to Connecticut

“I have a very vivid imagination, so I knew what this place could do and what it could feel like. It’s exceeded every vision I had,” says Montana Nights Axe Throwing founder Merle McKenzie.

Hartford Entrepreneur Puts a Spin on the Local Café Scene

Kyle Mayer has been making efforts to roll out Petrolhead Café, a coffee shop/bar/restaurant concept that is currently seeking social and financial backing so it can launch in Hartford.

Hartford-Based Dance Collective Empowers Creative Women

Find out how Jillian Foley was encouraged to launch The Dance Collective based on a need to provide an innovative platform for dance and create choreographic and leadership opportunities for women.

November 30, 2018

CT-Based Back East Brewing Company Shares Updates

"It's challenging because the market is continually changing. It is important for breweries to listen and respond to what their customers want," says Back East Brewing Company Co-Founder Tony Karlowicz.

August 1, 2018

Hartford-Based Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Sonia Plumb of Sonia Plumb Dance Company always knew she wanted to dance. She eventually found her passion for directing and choreographing. However, “Being an artist and an entrepreneur are two very different things,” she emphasizes.

June 1, 2018

Hartford Startup Restaurant Is The Place 2 Be

“Hartford has so much potential—and so many people are striving for it. You don’t find that kind of energy everywhere,” says The Place 2 Be Co-Owner Gina Luari.

May 11, 2018

Entrepreneur Helps Launch Fine Dining Bistro in Manchester, CT

“If Main Street Manchester can become a food destination in a way West Hartford Center or Middletown can be, then everybody wins. That’s how it works. When a business succeeds, it benefits the community,” says Bistro on Main General Manager Ben Dubow.

April 30, 2018

Connecticut Valley Brewing Company

“Local breweries definitely help each other out. We and ask questions or ask for supplies. Everyone works together. It’s a good environment,” says Connecticut Valley Brewing Company Owner Steve Palauskas.

April 27, 2018

Hartford Entrepreneur Shares Updates About CONNetic Dance

"Connecticut has amazingly talented artists and much young talent coming up through schools. I see it as my responsibility as an art creator to keep talent here in Connecticut with professional opportunities that are innovative and inspiring," says Carolyn Paine, who is Founder, Director, and Choreographer of CONNetic Dance.

December 28, 2017

Thomas Hooker Brewery Finds a Home in Hartford

Thomas Hooker Brewery Owner Curt Cameron shares about his entrepreneurial experience and why the brewery created a presence in Hartford.

September 6, 2017

Family-Run Business Continues Success in Newington, CT

IDH learns about the evolution of Saccuzzo Coffee Co. and how the family business has maintained success in Greater Hartford.

July 17, 2017

CT Social Influencers Launch Startup Marketing Agency

“What I’ve learned from working with Kristen as an entrepreneur is we have such different skill sets, yet it really helps when we’re working together. We are able to bring different experiences to our clients,” says Eat IN Connecticut Marketing Co-Founder Jeannette Punsoni Dardenne.

March 30, 2017

CT Startup Brewery: Alvarium Beer Company

"I would highly recommend going through the exercise of developing a business plan, tearing it down, and tweaking it several times," says Alvarium Beer Company co-founder Brian Bugnacki.

February 20, 2017

Startup Improv Troupe Finds Its Place in Hartford

“We love serving the Greater Hartford community. And we are very Hartford proud because there’s so much opportunity here,” says Julia Pistell, Co-Founding Member and Managing Director at Sea Tea Improv.

December 6, 2016

Entrepreneur Brewer: Firefly Hollow Brewing

“Our goal is small and beautiful,” says Firefly Hollow Brewing Co-Founder Bill Collins.

October 4, 2016

Hartford Stage Enhances Arts, Community, and Innovation in Hartford

“One of strengths of the City of Hartford is its cultural assets,” says Hartford Stage Managing Director Mike Stotts.

September 15, 2016

Entrepreneur Brewers: Labyrinth Brewing Company

Find out how childhood friends Adam Delaura, Sean Gaura, and Chris took their love of homebrewing and decided to launch Labyrinth Brewing Company.

June 21, 2016

Hartford’s Vintage Cocktail Bar Is a Startup Success Story

Little River Restoratives co-owners Chris Parrott and Patrick Miceli discuss startups, cocktails, and small business growth in Hartford.

April 5, 2016

Hartford-Based Dance Troupe with an Emphasis on Community

Innovation Destination Hartford Website Curator Nan Price met with Paine over coffee to discuss CONNetic Dance, the Hartford-based dance troupe Paine formed in late 2009. She is currently Founder, Director, and Choreographer.

April 4, 2016

Connecticut Startup Business Success: Krust Pizza Bar

“Connecticut is evolving and changing. I really feel like there’s a heartbeat going on in Connecticut,” says Krust co-owner Kevin Wirtes.

March 8, 2016

Hartford Baking Company: Entrepreneurial Success in Hartford County

Leaving Wall Street to start open a bakery café was a lucrative decision for Scott Kluger, Founder of Hartford Baking Company, who says he knew he wanted to do something entrepreneurial.

January 26, 2016

Startup Food Truck, Catering Business Finds Success in Greater Hartford

Mercado Co-Founder Heather Riedl talks about turning a passion for cooking and working in the food industry into a successful business venture.

November 11, 2015

Entrepreneur Brewer: Hog River Brewing Company

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hog River Brewing Company Founder and Owner Benjamin Braddock says the goal was always to open in Hartford.