The University’s Entrepreneurial Center / Women’s Business Center has expanded into two new locations in Hartford and East Hartford. Upcoming workshop and business advising location details will be emailed to registrants and posted on our calendar.
Barely a year and a half ago, Josephine Joiner was in a bad place. She’d been laid off from a job she loved, working in marketing with a popular fast-casual food chain. That job had allowed her to do many things that made her feel fulfilled—working in different stores, restructuring their takeout procedures and training employees to deliver exceptional customer service. She enjoyed that job and she was good at it, but then it was gone. “Losing that job was a defining moment for me,” she said, “A major depression set in.”
Denise O’Reilly first came to the Women’s Business Center last year in an enviable position. The custom-designed wood spoons and cutting boards she was etching for her business, The Burnt Shop, were in high demand. Demand was so high, in fact, that she needed some coaching to figure out how to manage the growth and fill all the orders she was getting.
Like millions of other business people in 2009, Heather Conley found herself fielding the brunt of the Great Recession. A corporate operations professional with five years at Stanley Works in New Britain, CT, and another 20 in the marketing field, Conley was hit with the news of an impending layoff. Viewing this as a chance for a career reset, she skipped the usual panic, reactivated a long-held desire to work for herself and handled the would–be crisis with a strategic plan and unconventional implementation.
Sometimes the best time to make a change is when things are at their worst. If that statement is true, then performing artist Anne Marie Williams has made it her theme song.
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For Rebecca Tuttle, grants and a gluten-free lifestyle go together. If that sounds unconventional, it's because it is, and Rebecca wouldn't have it any other way. Oddly enough, her celiac diagnosis and the need to make drastic lifestyle changes were her catalysts for becoming an entrepreneur.
Donyelle McBride is a small business owner with a big heart for the people she serves. McBride Hair Restoration stands out from the crowd because it caters to people who are experiencing the trauma of lost or thinning hair. By the time they reach this salon’s door, people are looking for viable hair solutions and, if possible, a miracle.