Small Business Advising and Training
The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center (EC-WBC), founded in 1985, provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut. The Center focuses on serving women, minority-owned businesses, and other underserved constituents, specializing in turning ideas into viable businesses and break-even companies into sustainable, profitable, and scalable enterprises.
The Women's Business Center (WBC) is the largest initiative of the Center. The WBC specializes in serving women in business; training and advising are focused on the learning styles, qualities, and particular needs that women bring to business.
Part of the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business, the Center works with the University's academic and professional community to bring more opportunities to both university students and local small business owners.
Services are offered to women and men. All services are free or low-cost; tuition assistance is available to those who qualify.
Copy: Bonnie Barrow
Owner, Balancing Bodies Massage,
After more than two decades as an independent massage therapist and teacher, Barrow decide that she was ready to take the leap and open a spa. She turned to the Entrepreneurial Center for help with a business plan, financing, marketing, and more.
I couldn’t live without them,” she said. “They are an awesome resource. I sing their praises in the massage classes I teach, and I’ve been doing that for years.
Thank you to our funders
- The Center is funded in part by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development.
- The Women's Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.
- The Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center by the City of Hartford.
- Prudential Foundation funds the Small Business Technical Assistance Program.
- Farmington Bank sponsors the Women's Business Roundtable.
- TD Charitable Foundation sponsors the TD Bank Business Leadership Series.
- AARP Foundation sponsors Work for Yourself at 50+.
- Constant Contact provides the Center with online marketing tools.
The Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center is proud to be part of the nationally-renowned Barney School of Business and to support its mission to grow competent, confident, and connected professionals and leaders who are globally aware and socially responsible.
The Center staff and clients interact with Barney faculty and students on many levels, each sharing their knowledge and skills. The Center provides internships to Barney business students, offering them valuable experience in the small business community. Barney faculty members bring their expertise to various Center programs.
In Barney entrepreneurial classes and programs, Center staff present to students; judge business plan competitions; and participate in a joint year-long project to connect women-owned businesses with female entrepreneurial students. Clients of the Center are invited to Barney programs and lectures, and the University community is welcome at all of the Center’s programs and services as well.
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