December 1, 2021

CT Startup Provides a Training Platform for First Responders and EMTs

“Be ready to pivot because, however great an idea you have, it may not be what the market wants, especially if there are not already people out there who know how to buy what you want to sell,” advises Mission CIT CEO and Co-Founder Warren Fisher.

December 1, 2021

Hartford’s Own AfroFuturistric, Black-Owned Bookstore

“When people think about spending local, one of the first types of business they think of tends to be a local bookstore,” says Key Bookstore Owner and Founder Khamani Harrison.

November 24, 2021

CT Interior Designer Brings Harmony to Local Homes and Businesses

“I found that, as a new small business, Connecticut has been very welcoming. There are so many smart people out there who are willing to cater to small businesses, which made the whole starting out process fairly easy,” says Vibrant Interiors Founder Mary Grace Peak.

November 10, 2021

Startup Mortgage Wholesaler TPO GO

“Making myself dive in the deep end and learn how to swim really forced me to do the things that needed to be done,” says TPO GO Account Executive/Team Lead Southeast Region Trey Van de Bogart.

November 10, 2021

YJ Cleaning and Maintenance Networks and Grows

"Network and learn from others. That’s how I really grew, by meeting people and learning from them," says YJ Cleaning and Maintenance LLC Founder Willie Jones.

November 9, 2021

West Hartford Inventor Patents Innovative Backyard Tool

“Once I had the idea, I had to convince myself that this was a product that could make it one day,” says Ultimate Leaf Lifter creator Bruce Feldman. “With other ideas I’d had, I was too late. Someone else had got it to market. I’d see my idea on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond and smack my forehead! That tells me that my ideas are worthy and it gave me the confidence I needed.”

November 8, 2021

Hospitality-Designer Launches Home Decor Auxiliary and Gift Shop

“My advice to business professionals starting their own business is to always take time to journal their ideas in a notebook and include the dates. Let your spirit guide the vision. Take risks throughout your life, especially when you feel your life is at a standstill,” advises BEEAHOS Inc. Founder Barbara Elizabeth.

October 28, 2021

Indian Robotics Startup Finds a Home in Hartford

“One thing the Stanley+Techstars Accelerator program and even the network of Hartford has enabled us to do is connect to the right people who can provide guidance,” says Peer Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Rishabh Agarwal.

October 14, 2021

CT Skin Care Startup Ital Creations

“My advice for new entrepreneurs is to continue to push forward. There will be times when you feel like giving up but don’t,” says Ital Creations Owner Audrene Dias.

October 13, 2021

Hartford Has A Startup Independent Record Label

“For those beginning their entrepreneurial journey, I encourage you to approach it with as much fervor as patience,” advises Funnybone Records Owner Dylan Healy.

October 12, 2021

Specialty Coffee Company Aims to Diversify The Food And Beverage Industry

“From a traditional point of view, starting this business was challenging because we’re in a pandemic. But my passion for business ownership, coffee, our community, and making an impact made it easier,” says Jermaine Frazer-Phillips of Big Up Brew.

October 4, 2021

CT Entrepreneurs Develop an Innovative Way to Celebrate Life Events

Startup advice from E-Bration Co-Founder Jeff Cohen, “If you have an idea you feel passionate about it, just go for it.”

August 12, 2021

Kidpreneurs Promote the Power of Positivity

“For years, the boys had been building a list of all these phrases they wanted to share with the world to help people feel better about themselves. They came to us one morning in the fall of 2019 and said, we want to start a company and we want to be We Shine. I said, okay!” explains We Shine Apparel & Accessories mom and COO Jaclyn.

August 11, 2021

Handmade Body Butters Made in CT

“My business is totally e-commerce right now. When you’re an entrepreneur, you don’t always have the funding you need to open a shop. You start where you can. You have to crawl before you can walk,” says Temple Body Butter Founder and Owner June Lyons.

August 9, 2021

Lost Lands Collections Finds and Keeps Its CT Connection

Find out how female photography and styling duo Jade Soto and Marianne Bell used the pandemic as an opportunity to collaborate and launch fairytale photography and styling company Lost Lands Collections.

August 3, 2021

Reboot Eco Finds Small Business Success in CT

“I wouldn’t even begin to know how to define an entrepreneur,” admits Reboot Eco Founder Yasemin Ugurlu. “ I think it could include anyone willing to break the mold, take a risk, and pursue their dreams.”

July 27, 2021

WeHa Fit Founder Finds Passion in Helping Others Get Healthy

“I think a lot of people think they need to get everything in place before they can launch. Just go for it, figure out how to make money, and deal with the challenges as they arise,” advises WeHa Fit Owner Mike Walker.

June 15, 2021

With The Help Of Goodwin’s Entrepreneurial Program, Nutmeg Kettlecorn Plans To Open Storefront

“If you think you can plan to be fail-safe from any mistakes, then you’re truly not in business,” emphasizes Nutmeg Kettlecorn Co-Founder Robbin Jackson.

June 8, 2021

Drumroll Coffee Roasters Talks Entrepreneurial Risks and Entrepreneurial Rewards

“We wanted the focus to be on offering a selection of high-quality coffee beans rather than assuming the risk of opening a coffee shop and competing with others,” explains Drumroll Coffee Roasters Co-Owner Vincent Federici.

May 19, 2021

CT Nonprofit Startup Fostering the Community

“When you have authenticity and you connect to your mission, other people connect to it, too,” says Fostering the Community President and CEO Jennifer Fell. “The doors open because people want to help and they want to support you.”

May 10, 2021

CT Serial Entrepreneur Offers Creative Outdoor Dining Experience

Entrepreneurial advice from serial entrepreneur Mary Leigh Enders, founder of The Picnic Project: “If you start from a place of authenticity in yourself, then you’re never compromising your joy.”

May 4, 2021

CT Couple Manufactures Innovative Teddy Bear

“You’re learning constant lessons from the moment of the idea, all the way through each stage. It takes patience and total openness about trying things and making errors to get to the finish line,” says Tooth Bear-y creator Elizabeth Carroll.

April 19, 2021

CT Entrepreneur Committed to Strengthening Organizations for Social Change

“I approach the work I do with a lot of humility, something I learned early on. It’s also part of who I am and something that I continue to uplift as I do my work,” says Moon Shadow Consulting, LLC Founder Wendy Brown Helmkamp.

April 14, 2021

Creative Content Marketers Cater to Small Business Owners

“My best advice is to just go out there and do it. Work hard, put in the time and the effort, and you will find success,” says RSP LLC Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Pinette.

April 6, 2021

Hartford Yoga Studio Provides Opportunities for Local Creatives

“Owning a business is always going to be stressful, so you have to let things roll off your back and remember to be grateful for what is working,” advises Afterglow Studio Owner Jane Krantz.

March 15, 2021

Storyteller’s Cottage Pivots from In-Person to Online Activities

“The Storyteller’s Cottage was originally founded to ‘Bring Literature to Life.’ When it became impossible to create in-person events based on literature, I changed course to instruct literature fans how to do so themselves,” explains The Storyteller’s Cottage Founder Lisa Natcharian.

March 15. 2021

Hartford Entrepreneur Launches Marketing and Design Startup

“I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Neck of the Woods Marketing Founder Kyle Shemanskis.

March 8, 2021

CT Gifting Company Showcases Local Small Businesses and Artisans

. “We both feel passionate about our business because we know how challenging the past year has been for all small businesses and we’ve created a new way to showcase them,” says Nutmeg + Honey Co-Founder Jordan Abbott.

February 22, 2021

CT Startup Marketing Business Wants to Help Small Businesses Succeed

"Come up with a realistic plan, set your goals, and then just do it," advises Northland Marketing Owner Bri Michaud.

February 8, 2021

CT Covidpreneur Opens Online Yarn Shop

“For anybody even remotely thinking about getting into business for themselves, I would tell them just to do it,” advises Sassy Black Yarns Founder Lakisher Hurst.

February 4, 2021

Goodwin’s ENet Program Helps Launch Successful Barbershop

“Because of the ENet entrepreneurial program at Goodwin University, I got the experience of turning the lights on for the first time in my own business,” says Look Sharp Barbershop owner Ob Lugo.

December 10, 2020

Curated CT Supports Small Businesses and Showcases Local Artisans

"The more people I meet—whether through networking or mutual friends—the more I see the Curated CT concept being embraced, which is very validating," says Founder and Owner Donald Pendagast.

December 7, 2020

CT Entrepreneur Still ROCing—and Now Smashing

“Every business I open has got to be innovative and it’s got to affect positive change in people,” says, BODYROC Fit Lab CEO and Founder Shaun Chambers, who recently co-founded Smash Avenue.

November 4, 2020

Hartford InsurTech Startup Finds Value in Community

Combined Ratio Solutions Co-Founders Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer and Luke Magnan, Chief Operating Officer share about their experience launching an InsurTech startup and the importance of locating their business in Hartford.

September 24, 2020

CT Customer Clothier and Innovative Entrepreneur

“One thing that was really important for me before pulling the trigger and leaving my good job was the ability to look forward. I could see opportunities coming,” says Bards Clothing Founder Matthew Banever.

September 8, 2020

Hartford-Based Digital Health Startup Silver Fern Healthcare

“One of the things we love about Hartford is that it’s a very manageable city in terms of size and we’ve made some great contacts between all of our networks,” says Silver Fern Healthcare Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Colleen McGuire.

August 24, 2020

West Hartford Entrepreneur Provides Inclusive Cheerleading Opportunities

West Hartford-based CT Hart Cheer provides instructional cheerleading classes, performance team opportunities, and camps and clinics for athletes of all ages, abilities, and levels.

July 30, 2020

Student Entrepreneur and Innovator Creates Autonomous Robot for the Agriculture Industry

“Team collaboration is really important for startups,” says Land Maverick LLC Founder and CEO Emily Yale.

July 22, 2020

CT Entrepreneur Launches Sports Performance Company

Green Light Sports Performance Founder Connor Green shares about his startup experience.

May 28, 2020

Coffee and Tea Startup INI Sips Gives Back to Community

INI Sips Co-Founder Davina Ismail shares about the business evolution.

April 29, 2020

CT Entrepreneur Provides Virtual Programming for Youth

"With the pandemic and schools closing, I had to think outside the box," says Creativista Charm Founder Tia Miller.

April 28, 2020

UConn Student Founds Innovative Social Enterprise Nonprofit

"We’re looking to create sustainable impact, which includes our dollars and how we’re investing in a community," says Levo International Founder Christian Heiden.

April 20, 2020

CareerPath Mobile Helps Engage Connecticut’s Workforce

"Programs like ours that can engage people remotely have become essential," explains CareerPath Mobile Founder/CEO Richard Portelance.

March 19, 2020

Global Digital Health Startup Creates a Presence in Hartford

“I’ve learned the CEO’s role is about not just leading the team, it’s about finding the right talent to create a team to make everything happen,” says ONESOFTDIGM CEO and Co-Founder Chang Hun (Douglass) Lee.

March 9, 2020

Startup Creates Employment Opportunities for Adults with Special Needs

Find out more about SockStarz, a social enterprise novelty sock business developed by Harc, Inc. to create employment opportunities for adults with special needs.

March 3, 2020

Hartford-Based Attorney with a Social Mission

“I want to be intentional about how I’m building my business. My client load needs to be big enough to make the business sustainable, but small enough that I can achieve my mission goals in terms of what I give—and what I receive from giving,” says Isis M. Irizarry, Founder of The Law Offices of Isis M. Irizarry.

February 28, 2020

KARO Swimwear Joins Think Pop-Up in Downtown Hartford

"With KARO Swimwear, my vision was always to create a unique product," emphasizes CEO Kasia Roginska.

February 10, 2020

CT Startup Digitally Connects Volunteers to Those Who Need Services

UR Community Cares, Inc. co-founders Michelle Puzzo and M.D. Birmingham have created a charity that digitally connects volunteers to elderly and physically disabled people who are homebound.

February 6, 2020

CT Startup Aims to Bring Mindfulness to Inner City Communities

The Wellness Initiative Inc. Founder Devin McCrorey shares about his startup experience and his passion for introducing mindfulness and meditation to communities he feels need it most.

January 22, 2020

Young Entrepreneur Encourages Healthy Lifestyle in Hartford

“When I first started, people told me: It’s the wrong time to do it. You can’t open a business in Hartford. I told them: This is Hartford. Hartford has a chance. You just have to believe in Hartford enough to make change,” says Breakthrough Nutrition Founder Emanuel Morales.

January 14, 2020

16 Impact Accelerator Startups Aim to Grow Their Businesses in Hartford in 2020

Learn about the 16 startups participating in the 2020 Impact Accelerator at reSET in this writeup from CT by the Numbers.

January 13, 2020

Female Entrepreneur Turns Love of Music into Full-Time DJ Business

Qiana Coachman-Strickland (a.k.a. DJ Q Boogie) shares about how her passion developed and when she knew it was time to take the leap to launch her start up.

January 8, 2020

CT Startup Helps Small Businesses Track the Ways They’re Doing Good

"We want to help small businesses recognize that the investment they make in the community can also help drive their businesses," explains seedership co-founder Jennifer Smithberger.

December 30, 2019

CT Trio Finds Success with a Four-Way Outdoor Gaming Net

Find out how Connecticut natives Greg Meade, MikeDelpapa, and Chris Meade created the idea for CROSSNET, a unique game that merges traditional volleyball with four square.

December 16, 2019

Ali Lazowski Builds a Business in Connecticut

Bare Life founder Ali Lazowski talks about launching a startup and becoming a part of the Hartford-area entrepreneurial ecosystem.

December 2, 2019

CT Entrepreneur Awards 2018 Winner Update: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

The CT Entrepreneur Awards is following up with 2018 award winners, starting with Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Director Fran Curran, who won 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year: Social Good.

October 18, 2019

Where Are They Now? Follow Up with CareerPath Mobile

"Entrepreneurism will buoy the economy by providing new types of jobs and unique opportunities that attract young, eager minds," says CareerPath Mobile Founder/CEO Richard Portelance.

October 9, 2019

Meet Hartford Native and Entrepreneur Natasha Harris

Hartford native Natasha Harris is studying for her doctorate in business psychology, running her startup NaBii Organics, and in the process of becoming a business consultant.

September 24, 2019

CT Entrepreneur Helps Early-Stage Startups with Pitches

“I really want to bring more entrepreneurship to Hartford, and I’m hoping this role and my work with Vitches will help,” says Girls For Technology Program Manager Victoria Parisi who recently launched Vitches, a business aimed to help early-stage startups with their pitches.

September 19, 2019

CT Startup Offers Floatation Therapy, Gives Back to Local Veterans

Float Forty One co-founder Sarah LaTeano shared about her experience launching a startup in Greater Hartford and why she is passionate about providing float experiences to those who have served in the military.

August 19, 2019

UConn Alumni Create a Marketplace for Wheel Enthusiasts

“We hear the concept of failing fast and I really think it speaks to being resilient,” says WheelPrice co-founder Wally Namane.

August 23, 2019

CT Startup Creates Fundraising Events for Nonprofits

Mary O’Neill founded Get Your Bingo On! For the Cause in May 2019 to help local nonprofits raise funds in a new way.

July 29, 2019

Young Entrepreneur Launches Startup to Help Small Business Owners

Bridge Connection LLC Founder Patrick O’Connor offers advice for other younger entrepreneurs: If you have an idea, you think it’s sustainable, and you think there’s a way to monetize it, write a plan, stick to it, and be ready to change that plan in an instant.

July 25, 2019

CT Business Owners Launch Innovative, Healthy Lifestyle Business

“The only way for your business to work is to be passionate about what you do,” says Salon Medusa co-founder Steven Adelstein, who with his partner Sandro Vernali, recently launched Believe in the Magick.

July 22, 2019

The Coder School Opens Second Location in Glastonbury, CT

After opening in Farmington, we had interest from many people who lived east of the river,” says co-owner Vaishali Shah. "We thought: Why not just open another location in Glastonbury?”

July 10, 2019

Hartford Startup Aims to Help Retailers Grow Online

“Hartford is a great city to house an eCommerce consulting firm like Plura Interactive,” says Founder Timothy Paskowski.

July 5, 2019

West Hartford-Based Small Business Heir Cash Now

By networking and building relationships with people in different fields, it’s possible to exchange knowledge without spending a fortunethe importance of working with partners,” says Heir Cash Now, LLC Manager Matthew Lakenbach.

June 19, 2019

West Hartford-Based Fitness Startup Knockout Fitness

Knockout Fitness Owner Antony Atallah on business ownership: “No matter what you do, it’s going to be a challenge, so why not take the leap and do you what you truly believe in?”

May 28, 2019

Startup Manufactures New Product in CT

“I decided to headquarter my business and manufacturer my product in Connecticut to support the local economy,” says Fingaz Bowl CEO Julien Debelle Duplan.

September 24, 2018

CT Entrepreneur Provides Career and Life Coaching for Students

“Being an entrepreneur means you were born to run businesses with your passion for business and people—any business!” says Lori Theriault is CEO & Founder of WORK IT!

September 16, 2018

Hartford-Based Social Enterprise Company Shares Updates

“We think entrepreneurship and social change are social in nature, so the closer we can get those people to one another, the better we’ll all be,” says Breakfast Lunch & Dinner co-founder Jeff Devereux about the recent collaboration with reSET.

August 28, 2018

West Hartford Business Owner Shares Updates

“I love that the landscape of Connecticut is growing—there are always new shops and restaurants. I love being involved in that. There’s so much to experience,” says Samantha Hines, Co-Owner of West Hartford-based Cookshop Plus.

July 24, 2018

CT Startup Café Opens Second Location in Hartford

“Being an entrepreneur means we can provide a differentiated service and product. We can create community by offering a comfortable space and fresh foods and drinks. We can show our children they should not be afraid to try if they ever want to branch out on their own,” says Andrea Hawkins, Co-Founder of Berkins Blend and Berkins on Oak.

July 12, 2018

Parkville Sounds Provides a Creative Space for Musicians

"Hartford is not like New Haven or New York City. Anything you can put your mind to is really possible," says Parkville Sounds Founder Stephen Cusano.

July 3, 2018

CT Startup Finds Success with Laser Engraved Chocolate

“When you’re starting something new you must be adaptable to what you think is going to happen and the reality of what happens. You can’t just think: If you build it they will come,” advises of Noteworthy Chocolates co-founder Michael Sauvageau.

June 21, 2018

Entrepreneurs Open Gyms in Greater Hartford

“When we first opened we were afraid of failure. To look back now and see that we did it—and now we’ve done it three times?! It feels incredible,” says WIP Fitness Co-Founder Laura Keever.

May 22, 2018

Social Impact Startup Creates Customized Subscription Boxes for Dogs

“We decided to create a company that spends most of its profits on giving back. It’s important to be to be able to produce income I can put back into society,” says Toby’s Treasure Box Founder Kyle Knight.

May 17, 2018

Hartford-Based Printing Company Finds Its Place in Parkville

Located in the historic manufacturing neighborhood of Parkville in Hartford, CT, IdleWilde Printing Company offers graphic design and screen printing services.

May 10, 2018

Hartford-Based Startup Provides Innovative Drone Technology

Entrepreneurial advice from Candoo CEO & Co-Founder Michael Xu: “Throw something out, listen to feedback, and then throw something better and newer out until you’re better than everyone else on the market.”

March 21, 2018

UConn Grad Develops Innovative Medical Device

Lactation Innovations Chief Executive Officer Brittany Molkenthin talks about her entrepreneurial journey and her experience bringing an innovative new product to market.

February 21, 2018

Startup Provides Risk Management Software for Businesses

FieldOwler LLC Co-Founder Mark Barry shares what he hopes to gain from the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator and his plans to become more involved with the Connecticut entrepreneurial ecosystem.

February 20, 2018

Connecticut Company Provides Co-Parenting Tools

Two Happy Homes Founder Traci Whitney joined the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator to get support to help grow her business. She told Innovation Destination Hartford about her startup experience and future goals.

February 12, 2018

Startup Launches Natural Beauty Product Line

Sami Jo Jensen, Founder + Chief Beauty Maker at florapothecarie, shared what she hopes to gain from participating in the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator and the advice she’s received about being a business owner.

February 8, 2018

Startup Brings Fitness/Dance Workouts to Wethersfield, CT

CNG Fit Founder and CEO Brandi Kilbourne told Innovation Destination Hartford about the importance of making connections when launching a startup.

January 30, 2018

Startup Makes Smartphones Accessible for the Visually Impaired

Boaz Zilberman, CEO of Israeli-based Project Ray, discussed the evolution of the startup, challenges the company has encountered, and the importance of creating a U.S. presence in Connecticut.

January 24, 2018

Startup Provides Messaging Solutions for Nonprofits and Growing Businesses

SKYWIREme Founder Jeremy Smith talked to Innovation Destination Hartford about what he hopes to gain from participating in the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator.

January 22, 2018

Food and Beverage Startup for Healthy Eating

Bare Life Founder Ali Lazowski discussed some of her startup challenges and her experience participating in the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator.

December 4, 2017

Global InsurTech Startup Creates a Presence in Hartford

Aureus Analytics CEO & Co-Founder Anurag Shah shares about how and why the InsurTech startup chose to create a presence in Hartford, CT.

October 12, 2017

Where Are They Now? Follow Up with Blue Earth Compost

September 29, 2017

CT Entrepreneur Creates Space for Literary Events and Adventures

The Storyteller's Cottage provides a unique space for public and private events including book clubs and literary escape rooms.

August 14, 2017

West Hartford Entrepreneur Launches Food Delivery Startup

What does being an entrepreneur meant to NALA’s Kitchen Founder Rebeca Tuinei? “It means being your own boss. Taking that one idea you really love and seeing what goes into it to make it become not a dream but a reality.”

July 13, 2017

CT Entrepreneurs Turn Passion into Fruitful Startup

Simply Jam Co-Founders Julia and Mike Stewart share about their experience as entrepreneurs bringing a local, handmade product to market.

May 15, 2017

Social Impact Startup Engages Students in Career Development

CareerPath Mobile is one of many startups participating in the 2017 reSET Impact Accelerator, a program designed for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development.

April 10, 2017

Startup Concept Cyber Café Promotes Community Building

“The business coaches have been really great. And more importantly, our involvement in the accelerator exposed us to them,” says Berkins Blend Co-Founder Andréa Hawkins about the startup’s participation in the 2017 reSET accelerator program.

March 28, 2017

Chilean-Based Startup Part of CT Accelerator

“Don’t be afraid to go and ask for advice. You can ask questions to find out whether or not you have a good idea and then you can start drawing a better picture of what you should be doing,” advises Tomás Sánchez CEO of Alma Suite. The Chilean-based startup is participating in the reSET accelerator.

December 9, 2016

Hartford-Based Social Enterprise Startup Committed To Community

“There was clearly a need for bringing people together and doing things people found interesting and fun,” says Jeff Devereux, Co-Founder of Hartford startup Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, which created the KNOW GOOD Market.

September 28, 2016

Entrepreneur Launches Fitness Startup in West Hartford

“I always felt like I thought outside of the box, that I had something different to offer,” says Shaun Chambers, CEO and Founder of BODYROC FIT LAB. “In all of my endeavors, whether it was music or fitness, it was always about creating some sort of situation where I can develop something that belonged to me.”

July 21, 2016

Cookshop Plus Finds Its Place in West Hartford, CT

Cookshop Plus Co-Owner Samantha Hines on how she views success: “I see success as when you have an idea and you formulate it and see it through. You work really hard at the very end, you have a result. I consider it a success whether the actual thing is successful or not, it’s more about the process of seeing it through. Not all of my ideas are successes, but when they are, it’s the greatest feeling.”

April 14, 2016

Social Media Startup Enhances Greater Hartford’s Arts, Restaurant and Community Scene

“Connecticut people aren’t afraid to support local businesses, which allows for a thriving restaurant scene. From Real Art Ways to the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford is an artsy little city—and that’s what I love about it,” says Katharine Ortiz, Founder of A Little Bird Told Me.