Connecticut entrepreneurs share wisdom and advice about their entrepreneurial experiences—successes, failures, and lessons learned. Your entrepreneurial experience inspires and encourages others.
Entrepreneur Evolves Successful Lifestyle Brand
“My advice to any entrepreneur would be to get that social proof and presell your product because I don’t think it’s worth your time, money, or energy to work on a product people aren’t willing to buy,” advises House of Noa Founder and CEO Elizabeth Granados.
Entrepreneur Coach Provides Tools for Women Business Owners
“I knew I wanted to help women in business and I knew the best way I could teach them was through my own experience,” says Beth Bolton of Beth Bolton Consulting.
Hartford Entrepreneur Tony Ramos
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Hartford Chamber of Commerce is highlighting local Hispanic business owners and community drivers. Learn more about entrepreneur, music lover, and Hartford South End resident Tony Ramos, Founder of My Life Your Entertainment.
Hartford Business Owner Thrives Amidst Uncertain Times
“I’ve learned that business ownership takes time. It’s a career. It’s a struggle to have your own business but I’ve learned how to grind it through and try to come out positive,” says Jerry Fornarelli, owner of Rocking Horse Saloon, The Russian Lady, and The Tavern Downtown.
Creating Positive Opportunities for Youth in Hartford
“I hope to continue to do things like this to enhance the vibrancy of our entrepreneurial community, which I think is needed more now than ever to activate economic mobility,” explains social entrepreneur and visionary leader Anthony G. Barrett.
Meet Hartford-Based Performing Arts and Commercial Photographer Bill Morgan
“I see a lot of fun here in Hartford and a lot of opportunities here for photography,” says Bill Morgan of Bill Morgan Media.
Entrepreneur Combines Mental and Physical Health and Fitness
“Entrepreneurs like to create our dreams. We want to see ideas we have in our minds come to life—whether it succeeds or fails, whether it make us money or not, we just enjoy the process,” explains Against All Odds Owner Tyrek Pratt.
Why I Became an Entrepreneur
"I wholeheartedly love assisting creatives and entrepreneurs to unfold their vision through visual storytelling," explains LMG Photography Founder Leslie M. Gomez.
Hartford Is the Right Place and Space for Entrepreneur Mark Nisbett
"In search of identifying where I could provide the most value, I decided that I needed to create my own seat," explains People, Places & Spaces CEO Mark Nisbett. "That was when I began an exciting entrepreneurial path to start my own company."
Fitness Center Owner Leads with Courage and Grace
“Being a small business owner is learning to be adaptable and figure it out as you go,” says Grit and Gratitude Owner Rachel Black Graves.
Leadership Greater Hartford Announces New President and CEO Chris Duffy
“The best leaders help someone recognize their strengths and encourage their growth,” says Chris Duffy, who will assume the role of LGH President and CEO on July 1, 2020.
Hartford Entrepreneur Enjoys Business Growth in the City
"Being an entrepreneur, you’re always thinking what you can do next or what is the next big missed opportunity," says Capital Spirits Owber Ankit Harpaldas.
Meet Entrepreneur and Etiquette Expert Karen Thomas
“We’re all dealing with this uncertainty together. During this time, I think it’s so important to be a little kinder to one another,” emphasizes Karen Thomas of Karen Thomas Etiquette.
Meet Techstars New Managing Director Laila Partridge
"Hartford is a unique city in terms of its commitment from the startup community, government, corporate, the universities, and a host of other people committed to investing in and developing that innovation community," says Laila Partridge, Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator.
Serial Entrepreneur on Batteries, Balance, and Building a Global Business in Connecticut
Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud, CEO and Founder of Cadenza Innovation talks to Connecticut Innovations her experience running a global business in Connecticut.
Cloud Company CEO Embraces Hartford’s Opportunities
“I was born and raised in Hartford. It is the city that educated, nurtured, and embraced me. I have attempted to live a life of service giving back to the city I love,” says Cloud Company CEO Sanford Cloud, Jr.
ChangeInc Founder Sees Hartford Thriving
"I see Hartford thriving as we continue to build and develop our city into a cultural and business professional mainstay," says ChangeInc CEO Derrick C. Gibbs, Jr.
CT Entrepreneur Makes an Impact Through Consulting and Mentoring
Tracy Allen is a mentor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She launched TVA Consulting to help nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.
Artwurks Unlimited Owner Sees a Great Future for Hartford
"Hartford has a great future. Under the right leadership, this city will continue to thrive and elevate our youth in ways that will consistently make all Hartford residents proud," says Artwurks Unlimited Owner Judah Makonnen
CT Healthcare Services Company Provides Innovative Solutions
Physicians Ancillary Systems CEO Carl Tyler shares about his cutting-edge healthcare services company.
Small Business Owner Transitions into Entrepreneur Coaching
Beth Bolton is taking her years of entrepreneurial experience and launching a new consulting business, where she will focus on coaching and mentoring early-stage entrepreneurs.
Meet reSET’s New Program Director Shane Chase
Shane Chase joined reSET as Program Director in summer 2019. He recently spoke about his move to Hartford and what’s on the horizon at reSET.
Building an Authentic Hartford
Pedro Bermudez, founder of Revisionist Films and co-founder of Small State Great Beer, speaks about creating opportunities in Hartford and where he sees the future of the city.
Innovative Technology Company Provides Electron Microscopy
“I grew up in Connecticut. I’m a UConn alum. So, my preference is to keep my company in Connecticut and be part of the revitalization,” says Electron Microscopy Innovative Technologies co-founder Neal Magdefrau.
Connecticut-Raised Entrepreneur Empowers Youth
Connecticut native Alexa Curtis created a following from a fashion blog she began at a young age, which she transitioned into a mental health platform called Life Unfiltered with Alexa Curtis.
Meet Entrepreneurial Business Coach Gina Johnson
“I follow the principal of only working with people you love,” says entrepreneurial business coach Gina Johnson. “I fall in love with my clients, not my business model, because my business model or my services could change.”
UConn Grad Leads His Family-Founded Business Forward
Miroslav Grajewski is Vice President at Zuvic, Carr and Associates shared spoke about his experience transitioning into his family-owned business and honing his entrepreneurial skills.
iDevices Founder Talks Leadership and Innovation
Serial entrepreneur Chris Allen grew a simple idea for an iPhone-compatible product into a multi-million-dollar Connecticut-based company.
CT Serial Entrepreneur Shares Experience, Tips, and Advice
“As a startup and as an entrepreneur, you will fail a ton. But you can use those experiences to learn and push yourself further or avoid those mistakes in the future—and hopefully help the other entrepreneur avoid those same mistakes,” says Design Swell Co-Founder Jeremy Szechenyi.
Serial Entrepreneur Helps Build Scientific Startups
"That’s my job—to take this nascent science and technology and create robust science that can serve the world. It starts with a great idea," says Azitra CEO Richard Andrews.
Entrepreneur Runs Successful Hartford-Based Tech Company
Tech to Us Founder & CEO Guy Citarella about the company’s evolution and future plans.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thriving in Northeast Connecticut
"I see significant and impactful connections being made here in Connecticut," says Nerac President Kevin Bouley.
Entrepreneur Co-Founds Business Advisory Startup
“What [being an entrepreneur] means to me is the opportunity to make something out of nothing. It’s a great outlet for creativity,” says E Circle Marketing Cofounder Mike Keiser.