The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center (EC-WBC) received a grant to support the Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program (HSBTAP), which provides free support to local businesses to help them increase sales and become more stable and prosperous.
“This is a small but mighty program that has a high impact on the local community. In the past three years, we have helped 73 small businesses to create 46 jobs, increase their profits by 57%, and access $1.5M in capital,” said HSBTAP Manager Shelli McMillen. “With the expanded funding this year, we have new spaces available and are looking forward to working with more small businesses.”
Since 2011, HSBTAP has been funded by the City of Hartford through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The program helps businesses receive free technical assistance to develop marketing campaigns, including social media and websites; develop business plans; learn financial management skills and tools; and more. The objective is to help businesses grow, earn more profits, and create jobs for the local community. CDBG requires that eligible businesses market their products or services, in part, to low-to-moderate income residents in Hartford.
To learn more or apply for the HSBTAP visit the website or call the EC-WBC at 860-768-5681.
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