Success Stories

December 1, 2021

Launching an In-Home Speech Therapy Business

Speech language pathology services require a business model for the therapist to be able to work in close quarters with the client. In trying to serve pediatric clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacqueline Giordano realized she may have success starting her own business visiting her clients in their homes. Business Started 2021

November 23, 2021

Transitioning From Managing to Owning Her Own Business

Purchasing an existing business can be an exciting opportunity, but for many individuals, there may be questions and challenges that come up that are outside their area of expertise. As Kim Wills worked towards purchasing New England Bioassay (NEB), she reached out to Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) for help with various aspects of […]

October 28, 2021

Becoming a Certified Women-Owned Manufacturer

When Susan White was presented the opportunity to purchase Atlas Stamping & Manufacturing Corp, she recognized both the opportunities she would have and assistance she may need. Working with Denise Whitford at Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), Susan has been able to successfully create a growth plan for Atlas. Capital Accessed Paycheck Protection Program […]

September 20, 2021

Opening an Experience-focused Vineyard in Connecticut

As an experience-focused vineyard, Aquila’s Nest Vineyards was founded by Neviana Zhgaba and her husband, Ardian Llomi, to produce wines ultimately bring people together, cultivate stronger communities, provoke storytelling, and promote local art. Capital Accessed $120,000 SBA 7a Loan $70,000 Commercial Bank Loan $30,000 Line of Credit $5,000 DECD CARES Act Grant Jobs Created 29

September 13, 2021

Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment for Companion Animals

Torigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a veterinary biotechnology company focused on creating affordable personalized cancer therapeutics for companion animals diagnosed with cancer. Torigen’s founder, Ashley Kalinauskas, started this business with the goal to become a leader in the veterinary oncology market and utilize research and innovation to create new products to help pets after a cancer […]

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 […]