November 8, 2021

Startup Party Supply Store Brings Joy to West Hartford

"We’re big on keeping money in our local communities and supporting other women-owned small businesses,' says Pink Flamingo Party Co. Founder Ashley Sodipo.

November 18 and 19, 2021

2021 InsureGood Women with Impact Virtual Summit

“This summit is an opportunity to step away from your business to help you work on it rather than in it,” explains InsureGood Founder and CEO Meredith Messenger.

October 22, 2021

Baking Enthusiast, Community Supporter, Food Entrepreneur

Find out how Bria Day turned her passion for baking and giving back to the community into Disheveled Diva, a cottage food business that creates bespoke sweet treats and makes a local impact.

October 15, 2021

Connecticut STEM Leaders Earn Women of Innovation Awards

“As these finalists demonstrate, women in STEM in Connecticut are leading innovation, achieving breakthroughs, and encouraging girls to do that and more,” says Giovanni Tomasi, President/CTO of RSL Fiber Systems and Board Chair of the Connecticut Technology Center.

August 30, 2021

CT Entrepreneur Helps Women Manage Their Worth

“When you have a passion and your passion is aligned with providing value, there’s no limit to the amount of money you can make,” emphasizes Raicheen Blanks, Founder of The Worthonomics Company.

July 19, 2021

Hartford Startup InsureGood

"It’s easy to look at other business owners and think: It seems like I should be as successful as them or I should be doing the same things,” says InsureGood Founder and CEO Meredith Messenger. “A lot of people don’t realize that many of us have been working on building our dreams for many years.”

June 30, 2021

Virtual Solutions Company Finds a Home in Hartford

Velia’s Virtual Solutions Founder and CEO Tashalee Cruz offers advice for other entrepreneurs: "Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to collaborate. Don’t be afraid to be yourself."

June 24, 2021

CT Custom Charcuterie Make Food Lovely

Find out how Emily Love turned her passion for creating beautifully displayed, fun, colorful food boards into a side business she calls Make Food Lovely.

June 15, 2021

New England Ballet Theatre Brings Innovative Performances to Hartford

“We joined the Hartford Chamber of Commerce because, as a new organization in the city, we knew it could help us make valuable connections,” says New England Ballet Theatre Co-Founder Rachael Gnatowski.

May 4, 2021

Meet Branding, Lifestyle, And Photography Expert Leslie M. Gomez

"Some of the biggest takeaways for me have been being consistent, showing up, and being visible. Consistency can take you very far," says Leslie M. Gomez of LMG Photography.

April 15, 2021

Women In Bio Launches 14th Chapter in Connecticut

“The Connecticut life sciences ecosystem has affirmed its footing in the biotech community," says Kayla Valdes, Ph.D., Women In Bio President and Board Chair.

March 22, 2021

CT Strategic Consultant and Diversity & Inclusion Champion

“It gives me a lot of hope and it makes my work that much more impactful, because I’m working in my community,” says ExecMommyGroup, LLC Founder & Principal, Joelle Murchison.

March 1, 2021

Celebrating and Supporting Women in the Hartford Region

Several organizations are hosting events for all types of women in all types of industries in the upcoming weeks.

March 1, 2021

CT Portrait Photographer Celebrates Women in Our Community

Rebecca Rose of Rebecca Rose Fine Portraits is passionate about painting, photography, and recognizing inspiring women in Connecticut.

February 25, 2019

Weddings & Events Planner Finds Her Place in Collinsville, CT

“I have a vision. I know where I want this business to go. But I need to take it one step at a time, because if I try to go too fast, I could end up completely failing. And if I go too slow, I am never going to get anywhere,” says Pearl Weddings & Events Founder Chelsea Suddes. “So, I take it slowly but pursue it with everything I have. That’s what I’ve found has worked for me.”

February 23, 2021

UConn Programming Supports Women Entrepreneurs

“UConn launched/rebranded our xCITE program to be more of a hub for women in entrepreneurship where they can receive support and networking opportunities to engage with each other,” explains Jennifer Murphy, Director at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) at the University of Connecticut.

February 18, 2021

Women Entrepreneurs in Hartford: Turning Failure into Success

“These types of failure-to-success stories show how we can support one another, help each other develop, and uplift our community,” said WBC Program Manager Milena Erwin, who moderated the event.

February 3, 2021

Global Entrepreneur Prati Kaufman is Happy in CT

"We all have 24 hours a day. If somebody can produce a lot more in those hours, it’s because they’re managing their energy, they’re not just managing time," says marketing consultant Prati Kaufman.

November 23, 2020

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.”

November 16, 2020

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.

November 13, 2020

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.

October 30, 2020

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.

October 29, 2020

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.

October 19, 2020

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.

October 15, 2020

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.

October 14, 2020

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.

October 13, 2020

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.

October 12, 2020

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.

October 9, 2020

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.

October 6, 2020

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.

September 30, 2020

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.

September 25, 2020

CT Entrepreneur Provides Money Management Strategies 

“Don’t wait for perfection” advises Patrina Dixon, of P. Dixon Consulting.

August 24, 2020

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.

August 5, 2020

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.

August 4, 2020

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.

July 9, 2020

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.

June 30, 2020

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.

June 18, 2020

Hartford-Based Root Down Power Yoga

"I knew I had an entrepreneurial mindset," says Root Down Power Yoga Owner Nicole Bengtson.

June 16, 2020

Women Support Women Through Ladies’ Power Lunch

“Women like the comradery and the support they’re getting from other women,” says Dr. Davia Shepherd.

April 17, 2020

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.”

April 16, 2020

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.

April 1, 2020

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.

March 25, 2020

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.”

March 11, 2020

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.

March 7, 2020

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.

March 2, 2020

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.

February 19, 2020

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.

February 5, 2020

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.

December 10, 2019

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.

November 4, 2019

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.

October 25, 2019

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.

October 15, 2019

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.

September 5, 2019

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.

August 28, 2019

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.

July 17, 2019

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.

May 2, 2019

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.

March 6, 2019

CT-Based Creatives Launch Event Styling Company

Aglow Event Styling co-founders talk startup challenges, relationship building, and creative entrepreneurship.

December 19, 2018

CT Entrepreneur Founds Social Impact Publishing Company

"I feel like I pivot all the time because, as a business owner, you have to take chances and try things," says Publish Your Purpose Press Founder Jenn T. Grace.

October 25, 2018

Entrepreneur, Writer, Photographer Cara Paiuk

Find out how Connecticut entrepreneur, writer, and photographer Cara Paiuk turned her creative talents into a business.

October 16, 2018

Hartford-Based Dance Collective Empowers Creative Women

What differentiates The Dance Collective from other dance troupes is Jillian’s commitment to make it entirely female. Her goal was to level the playing field for women in professional dance.

October 5, 2018

CT Business Owner Offers Kid Activities, Parties, Events

Connecticut mom Tia Miller didn’t set out to be a business owner. Like some entrepreneurs, the opportunity came from personal need and eventually developed into a business concept.

August 14, 2018

CT Woman-Owned Business KARO Swimwear

KARO Swimwear CEO Kasia Roginska had the idea to launch a company when her innovative swimsuit designs gained notoriety and she recognized her businesswoman capabilities.

July 30, 2018

CT Women-Owned Startup Helps Empower Businesses

The Bolder Company’s founding partners, Ellen Feldman Ornato and Jenny Drescher discuss their startup journey and how they encourage others to be bolder.

June 20, 2018

Girls For Technology Encourages STEM, Entrepreneurship

Sabrina Tucker-Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls For Technology, shared about the process of launching a nonprofit startup and the progress the organization has made since its launch.

May 8, 2018

Women Business Founders Shares Updates About InspireCorps

Where Are They Now? Follow Up with InspireCorps

January 29, 2018

Entrepreneur Creates Innovative Fitness Equipment

Entrepreneur Marien J. Zanyk is Founder of the Connecticut-based startup, Zaneez™ Freestyle Fitness.

December 18, 2017

Woman Entrepreneur, Innovator, Event Strategist

Connecticut entrepreneur Carmen Veal followed her dream and launched her handmade clothing startup in 2008. Since then, she has launched an event planning company and created a brand for herself.

July 11, 2017

Entrepreneur Founds Innovative Variety Fitness Studio

Find out how Karla Medina’s entrepreneurial spirit and mission to support a healthy community encouraged her to open Sudor Taino Fitness Studio on New Park Avenue in West Hartford.

June 22, 2017

Entrepreneurial Center Supports Economic Consulting Services Startup

Connecticut Center for Innovative Entrepreneurs Founder Naranchimeg “Nara” Mijid discussed her experience as an independent, woman- and minority-owned business founder, her involvement with Innovation Places, and the benefits of networking with like-minded women entrepreneurs.

June 12, 2017

Startup Clothing Boutique Finds Success in Hartford

Latoya Gibbs, Owner of How Bazaar Fashion, shared about how she turned her passion for vintage clothes and fashion into a successful small business in Hartford.

May 26, 2017

Entrepreneur Creates Fitness Startup Success in West Hartford

Entrepreneur and fitness powerhouse Debra Fountain launched LIFER Fitness Studio in 2015. She spoke about her entrepreneurial experience and what it’s like to launch a startup in a competitive market.

May 10, 2017

Entrepreneurial Center Fosters Hartford-Area Startup Bakery

Beth Bolton, Owner/Pastry Chef at A Little Something Bakery provided some insight about launching a startup in West Hartford and discussed some of the challenges she’s experienced as an entrepreneur.

February 23, 2017

Startup Provides Mentoring, Contributes to Job Placement in CT

"Untapped Potential is contributing to the community/economic growth/job creation in multiple ways," says Founder Candace Freedenberg.

November 16, 2016

Cosmetics Entrepreneur Creates Startup Success

“When you’re an entrepreneur and you’re starting a small business ... you’ve got to do things yourself, but then you need to know when to ask for help,” says Mizzi Cosmetics Founder Brenda Mierzejewski.

June 20, 2016

Startup Focuses on Sustainable Inspiration and Leadership Agility

InspireCorps Co-Founder Allison Aboud Holzer shares about how her company got started and what it means to focus on sustainable inspiration and leadership agility.

February 18, 2016

Hartford Startup Tainted Inc. Is Committed To Empowering Women

Hartford-based Beauty Collective/Creative Studio Tainted Inc. was recently accepted into the reSET 2016 Accelerator program. Founder Andrea Cortez says, “Tainted is more than just makeup. We empower women to love themselves and express themselves in a positive, powerful way.”

February 3, 2016

Embracing Entrepreneurship: Black Diamond Body Piercing

“I’ve always had a very hard time following the rules,” says Georgina Schiavelli, Owner of Black Diamond Body Piercing. “As a kid I was told I was a rebel. And it wasn’t that I was very rebellious, I just had a hard time not being myself. So I guess, in a lot of ways, I’ve always been an entrepreneur and I just never knew that’s what it meant to be one. In hindsight it’s very obvious.”

January 18, 2016

Hartford Entrepreneur is on a Social Responsibility Mission

With regard to her entrepreneurial spirit, “It’s a matter of chasing passion,” says Trudi Lebron, Founder and Executive Director of ScriptFlip!