Women in Business
Hartford ranks #4 in the nation for female entrepreneurs. Here IDH spotlights Hartford-area women-owned businesses, startups, and leaders.
CT Serial Entrepreneur Finds Her Niche
“Every single thing I’ve learned in every business has gotten me to the point where I am today,” says Her Podium Founder Pamela Mulhearn. “And now I feel completely in alignment. I don’t see myself stopping. This is the one.”
Smashe Consulting Co-Founder Shares Entrepreneur Journey
Smashe Consulting Co-Founder Stephanie Bealing shares about selling her first company, finding a niche, teaming up with a co-founder, and creating a new company “drastically different” than her last.
CT Entrepreneur Helps Women Thrive with Health, Wealth, and Happiness
“Understanding your energetic blueprint can help you work less hard, more efficiently, and with better success,” advises Connecticut entrepreneur, wellness advocate, and self-care expert Kristi Sullivan.
CT Entrepreneur Shares the Scoop About Building and Growing Her Business
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to just sit on stuff. You have to try something to see if it works,” says The Scoop Glastonbury Founder Jackie Brousseau Post.
CT Business Owners Celebrate Growth, Evolution, and Change
Women’s Business Center at the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center (EC-WBC) Milena Erwin underscored that having good people and resources are key to taking the entrepreneurial journey.
Nala’s Kitchen Innovates and Grows
10.21 Nala’s Kitchen co-owners share about how the business has grown and weathered the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experiential Branding Consultant Helps Small Businesses
“I have never let a setback or any one person keep me from growing, pivoting, or learning more about what it is I do or am becoming,” says Caili Elwell Designs Owner Caili Elwell.
Meet Small Business Champion Annisa Teich
Annisa Teich, Founder of The Small Business Collective and Co-Owner of West Hartford Coworking, shares about running two businesses, how the businesses complement each other, and how she’s managed to keep her businesses afloat during the pandemic.
CT Business Owner Relies on Determination, Grit, and Persistence
Your Mind in Bloom, LLC Founder Angela Capinera talks about her experience as a female business owner.
CT Female Entrepreneur Encourages Others to Dream Big
“I attribute my success to my combined professional background as well as my constant networking and collaboration with people who encourage and challenge me to deliver my best consistently,” says Audra Garling Mika, Owner of The Write Fit Career and College Prep Coaching.
CT Graphic Designer Works with Women Entrepreneurs
“Women in leadership need to establish a support system to continue to learn and share with like-minded entrepreneurs for continued growth and success,” says AG Design Owner Annmarie Sirotnak.
CT Entrepreneur Runs Successful Virtual Assistance Business
“Going into business ownership and developing this from something I was passionate about has really been rewarding,” says Busy Bee’s Virtual Assistance & Management, LLC Owner Brittany Stephenson.
West Hartford Therapist Talks Innovation and Business Ownership
Laura Renfro LMFT specializes in helping people through all types of life changes. Working through a pandemic, she’s learned to transition, adapt, and innovate.
CT Entrepreneur Provides Money Management Strategies
“Don’t wait for perfection” advises Patrina Dixon, of P. Dixon Consulting.
Connecticut Writer and Speaker Offers Insight and Inspiration
"There’s always somebody out there who will say yes. Go to those people and forget the people who say no,” advises motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and author Amla Mehta.
Woman-Owned Healthcare Company Finds Its Place in CT
“I’ve spent a good amount of time working in my business. Now that everything is ebbing and flowing, I need to work on my business,” recognizes Phoenix Professional Services CEO and Director of Integrative Medicine Tamar Draughn.
Untapped Potential Continues to Create Opportunity in CT
“I’ve learned there is power in bringing people together to solve a problem,” says Untapped Potential Founder and President Candace Freedenberg.
WBC Encourages Female Entrepreneurs at Women Innovate Pitch Competition
“We’re proud to be part of the region’s efforts to highlight and support women entrepreneurs and innovators, encouraging high-potential technology solutions as well as ideas with social impact,” said WBC Program Manager Milena Erwin.
CT Entrepreneur Says “Hello, Hartford!”
"Basing my business in Hartford is like my opportunity to help grow Hartford and share the message of Hartford," says Hello Consulting Founder Robin Zaleski.
Hartford-Based Root Down Power Yoga
"I knew I had an entrepreneurial mindset," says Root Down Power Yoga Owner Nicole Bengtson.
Women Support Women Through Ladies’ Power Lunch
“Women like the comradery and the support they’re getting from other women,” says Dr. Davia Shepherd.
Meet reSET’s New Impact Strategist Emily Reisner
reSET Impact Strategist Emily Reisner on her first experience at reSET: “I walked in and I just felt like I belonged here. It feels like it has all the pieces any space in a big city might have in terms of connections with very experienced specialists in different industries.”
Women-Owned Law Firm Makes Its Home in Hartford
Freed Marcroft LLC owners founded the company in 2012 and purposely created a space for their business and personal lives in downtown Hartford.
Female-Owned Startup Plants Seeds for Success
“I want to support Connecticut small businesses and the people who patronize those Connecticut small businesses,” says PlantHer Founder Jillian Shea.
CT Photographer Enjoys Building Her Business in the Hartford Region
“A lot goes into running a business,” says Allegra Anderson of Allegra Anderson Photography. ”As a business owner, you wear a million hats and there’s such a huge learning curve. I’m still constantly learning.”
Hartford-Based Vsoulful Eatery Enjoys Being in A Vibrant City
"The best thing about working in the Greater Hartford area is the diversity,” says VSoulful Eatery Founder Azaria Drakeford.
Meet reSET’s New Managing Director Sarah Bodley
“In terms of Connecticut entrepreneurs, there’s room in the entrepreneurial space beyond tech and manufacturing startups and beyond the “typical” entrepreneur. There’s been a wave of growth and support in the three big pillars here—insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing—and it certainly has been great to build up an environment that’s welcoming to entrepreneurs,” says reSET Managing Director Sarah Bodley.
Female Founder Finds Community in Hartford
“Women are the true visionaries. Most spaces I find myself in where true visioning is happening, where people are investing in passionate work… it’s all women. Every time,” says Veo Veo Owner Constanza Segovia.
Hartford Entrepreneur Encourages Entrepreneurship
Find out how Hartford entrepreneur Tahara Chapman is using her array of credentials as a business owner and a realtor to help people feel confident about themselves.
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.
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.
Kiyomi Beauty Founder Shares Entrepreneurial Journey
"I’m very new to entrepreneurship, but I’m loving the high highs and even the low lows, because I feel like both have helped me get to this point where I am able to say that Kiyomi could potentially be something very big in the near future, says Kiyomi Beauty Founder Eliana Cardeno.
CT-Based Woman-Minority Owned Small Tax Firm
"If you’re providing value and have a great service/product people will pay what it is worth. Stay focused and persevere through all trials and tribulations that will come your way," says Whitehead Tax and Financial Services LLC founder Amber Whitehead.
Girls For Technology Encourages and Empowers Youth
"It’s exciting to see the business growing. It’s even more exciting to see it making a difference in young girls’ lives. We’re hoping to scale the organization across the state and increase awareness of our programming and initiatives," says Sabrina Tucker-Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls For Technology.
CT Women-Owned Wellness Startup Embraces Health Tech
“The more you incorporate into a community of entrepreneurs, the more you gain. They’re excited to share with you lessons they’ve learned so you don’t make the same mistakes. Since I’ve learned to network with likeminded people, our company has picked up major momentum,” says Solstice Strategy Partners, LLC Co-Founder Delanea Davis.
Women’s Empowerment Center Director Helps Encourage Professional Prosperity
“We’re helping the Hartford community launch new startup businesses from minority women who are looking to create their own legacies,” says Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services at the CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center.
Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Equations
"I see Hartford as the economic engine of the state with more businesses and people moving back into the area in the next few years," says Sweet Equations Owner Sade Owoye.
Female Founder Leads CT FinTech Company
“I see a lot of innovation happening here in the BioTech, FinTech, and InsurTech space. I hope Hartford continues to grow and become more of a vibrant city,” says WealthConductor LLC Co-Founder and CEO Sheryl O’Connor.