Success Stories

July 30, 2021

Commercial Cleaning Services for Schools During the Pandemic

Darryl started his own commercial cleaning business after having worked in the industry and seeing the potential owning his own business could have. With the help of his CTSBDC business advisor, Darryl was able to continue operating his business during 2020 when many of his clients were closed due to the nature of their business.

July 13, 2021

Motivating Business Owners through Professional Coaching

Acadia ActionCOACH helps business owners achieve their time, team and money goals. Utilizing decades of experience and proven methodologies Acadia’s business and executive coaches are dedicated to pushing you toward achieving business excellence. Whether you own a start-up or you are a seasoned executive, working with Acadia ActionCOACH you will identify your challenges and apply […]

May 27, 2021

FinTron Investing and Banking for the Mobile Generation

FinTron is on a mission to make personal finance accessible, understandable, and doable for the Mobile Generation through their all-in-one investing, budgeting, saving, and investment education app, promoting the financial freedom of the Mobile Generation through better education, affordable financial products, and philanthropic give-back programs. For generations, personal finance has been done the old, complicated […]

March 24, 2021

Behind the Wall: Working to Develop Correctional Professionals

Alleyne & Co. LLC is a certified Black American Woman Owned Small/ Minority Business Enterprise created to serve as a resource to non-uniformed, civilian employees who work, or are interested in working, in the correctional environment. As a subsidiary, Civilian Correction Academy offers organizations and their employees consultancy, pre-boarding and in-service training, mentoring and career […]

March 24, 2021

Creating Flattering Swimsuits for Women

Looking for a swimsuit that feels flattering and is still stylish led Hayley Segar to create her own swimwear line, onewith. After finding CTSBDC through an online search, she signed up to attend a course to learn how to launch a business and was connected with CTSBDC Pre-Venture Business Advisor, Mary Kay Della Camera. From […]

February 25, 2021

Bringing a Taste of Italy to Old Saybrook

After a trip to Italy and experiencing the culture, Derrik and Kelley Kennedy decided to open their own wine bar in their community of Old Saybrook, CT. Being first-time business owners, they worked closely with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center to understand the requirements of opening this business and did so successfully in November […]

December 29, 2020

Staying in Business and Fulfilling Service to Customers

Integrity Martial Arts is a martial arts studio in Enfield making a big impact for their students. Respect, self-control, and discipline — these are the founding principles owner Jonathan Metcalf teaches the youth who are enrolled in his classes. Jonathan began working with CTSBDC advisor Denise Whitford in 2016 and since then he has been […]

December 29, 2020

Brewing Beer With Your Better Half

What started as hobby brewing beer in their garage, has grown into a successful full-blown brewery with dining options for Michael and Rachel Haseltine. We recently had the chance to meet up with these busy entrepreneurs to discuss their business and how it got started. Business Start 2019 Capital Accessed $50k Commercial Bank Loan Jobs […]

December 29, 2020

Coworking Space Bringing Women & Men Together

Owner and Chief Collaborator, Felicia Rubinstein, reached out to the Connecticut Small Business Development Center for help launching this collaborative shared workspace. Felicia is no stranger to starting her own her business but she realized that the expertise of CTSBDC business advisors could help her secure the loan need and prepare the paperwork needed. Business […]

December 16, 2020

Preparing a Marketing Plan & Growing a Business

Ava-Marie Sealy began working with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center to help secure the future of her business. The idea of starting a party decor business was suggested to Ava by her best friend and from there, Ava’s business took off. However when it came to financial planning and industry research, Ava realized she […]

October 15, 2020

Adapting to the Times

Nancy-ann Romanelli, President of AA Glass in Bloomfield, operates a small woman business enterprise (WBE) focused on providing the best service to their customers. When COVID-19 hit, Nancy was unsure of how the business would adjust to what was sure to be a disastrous blow to the construction industry. After learning about the Small Business […]

May 22, 2019

Helping a New Entrepreneur Launch a Business

With years of experience and a loyal customer base, Mizi Sansiverso knew that she could run a successful business but needed help getting setup. She contacted the Connecticut Small Business Development to speak with an expert about launching a business. Business Start 2018 Capital Accessed $80k Line of Credit Jobs Created 3

May 7, 2019

Starting a Beauty Salon

Looking for a new adventure, Beth Tramontano wanted to start her own hair styling business but needed help getting the business off the ground. Connecticut Small Business Development Center Business Advisor, Mary Kay Della Camera helped her develop a business plan and guide her through the process of starting a business in Connecticut. Business Start […]

April 29, 2019

Growing a Successful Telecommunications Business

With years of industry experience, Rodney Nedd knew what it takes to run a successful telecommunications business but when he was looking to grow his business he reached out to Connecticut Small Business Development Center to help raise capital. Business Start 2018 Capital Accessed $100K Line of Credit and $190K Term Loan Jobs Created 19

April 15, 2019

Cakes and Pastries for all Occasions

With a passion for food and cakes that taste just as fabulous as they look, Lorals Cakes and Pastries was born. Founded by Lorraine Simon-Lewis, Lorals LLC was formed out of her home in February 2018 followed by Lorals Cakes and Pastries in November 2018. Business Start 2018 Capital Accessed Self-funded

April 7, 2019

Turning a Hobby into a Successful Business

When these three friends saw an opening in their local market, they took advantage and launched their own brewery and taproom. When these three friends saw an opening in their local market, they took advantage and launched their own brewery and taproom. By working with their CTSBDC Business Advisor, they learned what it would take […]

March 7, 2019

Raising Capital for Local Compost Business

He had started a successful food scrap collection business but needed help raising capital and planning for the future of his business. CTSBDC Business Advisor Denise Whitford helped him establish business relationships and successfully raise the capital needed to grow the business. Business Start 2013 Capital Accessed DECD Loan/Line of Credit

January 29, 2019

Helping a Local Organic Cafe Grow Their Business

Robert Bernado, owner of Right Path Cafe came to Connecticut Small Business Development Center looking for help with putting plan in place to grow his business. He was connected with Matt Nemeth who helped him secure a line of credit and prepare for a profitable future. Business Start 2015 Capital Accessed CEDF Loan/Line of Credit

January 20, 2019

Helping a Hair and Makeup Business Plan for the Future

Jessica Kennedy and Brittany George were looking to launch their in-person hair and makeup business but wanted to make sure they had all their documentation in order. CTSBDC Pre-Venture Team Lead, Mary Kay Della Camera, walked them through the process of setting up the required registrations and prepare them to grow their business. Business Start […]