Success Stories

January 4, 2024

Sprouts Nursery Playschool, LLC SUCCESS STORY

The Quest for Support: CTSBDC’s Role Odette Charlery, the owner of Sprouts Nursery Playschool, LLC, envisioned something unique and innovative within the childcare industry. Her journey began with a personal quest, unable to find suitable childcare for her son. With a decade of experience as a nanny, her passion for nurturing early childhood education blossomed […]

December 18, 2023

Lil Sunshine Home Daycare, LLC Success Story

The Challenge Operating on a unique 24-hour schedule Monday through Friday, Kamara Moodie established Lil Sunshine Home Daycare in 2007. She explains, “Childcare is my passion. Nurturing young minds, planting seeds for the future, and watching them grow and flourish is what keeps me motivated.” Kamara Moodie approached Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) seeking […]

November 2, 2023


Her entrepreneurial spirit led Karen Williams to the creation of two restaurants in New York City. The Big Apple was great, but Karen decided the ability to have a larger facility to develop the food products that she sold in her restaurant in the Nutmeg State was appealing. She turned to Connecticut Small Business Development […]

October 19, 2023

All Marine Spares, LLC SUCCESS STORY

All Marine Spares International, LLC is an International Maritime Machinery Specialist that focuses on the study and supply of American, European, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese-made machinery systems for the shipping, offshore, navy, and shipbuilding sectors. The company’s specialty is mechanical machinery. All Marine Spares represents over 30 manufacturers who are Industry Leaders themselves, located around […]

September 29, 2023

The Nest Coffee House SUCCESS STORY

The Nest Coffee House operates as a for-profit subsidiary under A Little Compassion Inc. (ALC), a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of young adults with disabilities. At ALC they understand that finding your place in the world can be tough and it is even tougher for a young adult with autism, an intellectual […]

August 4, 2023


Nerac, Inc. is a global research and advisory firm helping companies develop innovative products and technologies. President & CEO Kevin Bouley acquired the company in 1999. Nerac undertook a significant transformation of its business offering in response to Google’s increasing dominance in search. Nerac developed and launched a series of improved research offerings in 2020 […]

July 26, 2023


Jeremy Bronen and Timothy Krupksi were business partners of SedMed Inc. which formed in June of 2021. Inspired by Timothy’s family friend, the company was formed and focused on developing mobility products for people with disabilities and older adults. Timothy’s close family friend “Grandma Grace” had suffered a stroke, and Timothy realized that something needed […]

June 21, 2023

FuturesTHRIVE Success Story

“When I started working with the CTSBDC Advisor Christine Sullivan, I was committed to making an impact in the field of pediatric mental health and had a solid idea of how to do it that I wanted to get funded”, says Wendy Ward, owner of futuresTHRIVE. Patience is a Virtue Addressing Child’s Mental Health futuresTHRIVE […]

June 9, 2023

BusinessKids Success Story

Helping Children to Pursue their Dreams Angelique Kuang, a former middle school teacher, always struggled with the limitations of providing mentorship to students. Led by her passion for children, she started a franchise of BusinessKids in Connecticut. “I wanted to do more for our youth and community, by offering a unique platform to be authentically […]

June 8, 2023

Tyche Planning & Policy Group, LLC Success Story

Tyche Planning & Policy Group, LLC is a planning and community development consulting services firm founded in January 2021, by four individuals with a focus on municipal planning services. Tyche co-founders Michael D’Amato and John Guszkowski started their own small business as an LLC despite having no prior experience. The founders’ primary challenge was navigating […]

May 31, 2023

Curry Queen Success Story

First in the Area Curry Queen, owned by Nalini Srinivasan, is a new dine-in and take-out Indian restaurant with refrigerated grab-and-go meals, and a natural food grocery, opening in Old Saybrook, where there are no Indian cuisine options within a 30-mile radius.” Nalini says that she was inspired by the challenge of investing in commercial […]

May 29, 2023

Hygrade Precision Technologies Success Story

Providing Machining Service Hygrade Precision Technologies is a precision grinding, lapping, and CNC (computer numerical control) machining specialist firm focusing on the aerospace and defense supply chains. Hygrade Precision Technologies provides a wide range of custom machining services with accuracy and quality, from a complete part or just one finished feature. Revenue Growth 2022 5.8 […]

May 1, 2023

Cheshire Equestrian Center Success Story

Meeting the Need for Horse Supplies Are you a horse rider? Do you live in central Connecticut and may be tired of driving 45 minutes to get your supplies? You don’t need to waste your time on the road anymore. Carol DiCarlo created the Cheshire Equestrian Center where she provides equipment, materials, supplies, and education […]

September 29, 2021

Utilizing Emergency Relief Resources to Keep Wedding Dress Business Running

The White Dress by the Shore bridal boutique in Clinton, CT was severely impacted in 2020 when COVID hit and weddings were postponed or cancelled. Working with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, Beth Chapman, the owner of The White Dress by the Shore, was able to successfully apply for and receive federal relief funding.

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 […]

December 10, 2018

Creating a New Line of Protein Bars

Tony Leonardi and Lori Aleks created Muscle Up Bars as a response to there being no other protein bar available that was sweet potato based. By working with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, they were able to secure a loan and grow their business in order to continue expanding. Business Start 2016 Capital Accessed […]

April 13, 2018

When a Quest for a Healthy Lifestyle Turns into a Business

When Ian Ceppos gave up alcohol for a healthier lifestyle, he soon realized there weren’t many drink options in social settings. He was at his wit’s end with seltzer and lime when he was introduced to kombucha. Together with his wife, Liz Ceppos, they did their research and tested recipes, but still lacked industry experience […]