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Upper Albany Main Street

Building business capacity by investing intellectual and human capital"

Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) is a 501(c)3 designated National Main Street Community that was founded in 2000 by Upper Albany merchants, residents, and stakeholders. UAMS uses the Main Street four-point approach to achieve sustained community and economic revitalization.

UAMS focuses on using an approach that also include   one-on-one, on-site and off-site training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, and also for existing small businesses currently looking to expand within the Upper Albany community.  

In 2005, UAMS received the Eddy "Inner-City/Urban Award" as the best Inner-City/Urban program in the state of Connecticut.


On April 17, 2014, executives from the Milbar Laboratories, Inc. were guest speakers at the UAMS, Micro Business Incubator (MBI) class conducted at the University of Hartford's Handel Performing Arts Center. Milbar Laboratories, Inc., manufactures the Evay Skin Care product line. 

From left to right: Professor Jeffrey Cohen, University of Hartford; Dennis Desrochers, Vice President of Global Strategic Development, Milbar Laboratories; Marilyn Risi, Executive Director, Upper Albany Main Street; Vivian Akuoko, Founder & CEO of Evay Cosmetics; Gus Bezas, President of Global Strategic Development, Milbar Laboratories.