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Entrepreneurial Center

Own a small business? Dream of starting one?

We can help!

Training + Events at the Entrepreneurial Center

We help small business owners and employees succeed in the marketplace through:

The Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.


From Startup to Expansion, We Support Small Businesses 

  • Develop and implement marketing, business, and financial plans
  • Identify capital needs and access financing programs
  • Improve cash flow and financial management
  • Grow sales and reach new markets
  • Enhance general marketing and social media campaigns
  • Access export and government contract opportunities
  • Streamline operations by utilizing business software


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The Women's Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the  U.S. Small Business Administration.

The City of Hartford partially funds the Entrepreneurial Center.

  Hartford Small Business
  Technical Assistance Program
  is funded in part with
  Community Development
  Block Grant funds allocated
  to University of Hartford's 
  Entrepreneurial Center by
  the City of Hartford.

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 Connecticut State Department of  
 Economic and Community
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All EC and WBC programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.
Click here to request accommodations.

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Women's Business Center

is an initiative of the EC that specializes in serving women in business.

Success at the EC

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Vivian Akuoko has intestinal fortitude, vision, perseverance, and a champion's spirit . . .

Barney School of Business

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The EC is part of the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business, named one of the nation's most outstanding business schools by The Princeton Review.

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