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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

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Successful Entrepreneurs

BONNIE BARROW - BALANCING BODIES

Bonnie Barrow (center), Alexia Bonillo (left) and Letisha Matias (right)At an age when some look to retire, Bonnie Barrow launched a brand new venture. She has always had an eclectic assortment of talents and passions. She spent the first part of her career in mortgage banking, where she built a foundation of knowledge about real estate, finance, and business management, but she was keen to do something more. One day, her husband gave her a gift certificate for a few massages at a nearby massage school. When she went for the first one, she had a thought, “Wouldn’t this be fun to do?”

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Rodney Matthews - Exclusive Linez

 Rodney Matthews worked with the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center to improve the success of his small business, Exclusive Linez, located in Hartford, CT.After a devastating accident, Rodney Matthews met with his doctor, "He said the damage was permanent and I would never use my left arm again. 'Make your peace with it', he said. Then he slid the disability papers and pen for me to sign with across his desk.“

The choices were tough. Should Matthews sign the disability papers, never work again, and collect what some would call his due "benefit", or take a chance at living life on his own terms? “I decided right then and there that my injury would not be the determining factor."

Read Rodney Matthews story of entrepreneurial success here.

It's amazing what can inspire people. For some, it may be the works of a master artist or poet, a majestic landscape, or the rising and setting of the sun. For Shana Sureck, it was a small advertisement in a New York theater playbill that changed her life.

SHANA SURECK - SHANA SURECK PHOTOGRAPHY

It's amazing what can inspire people. For some, it may be the works of a master artist or poet, a majestic landscape, or the rising and setting of the sun. For Shana Sureck, it was a small advertisement in a New York theatre playbill that changed her life. 

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JOYCE & JERADO REYNOLDS - REYNOLDS WELDING & FABRICATION

Jerado and Joyce Reynolds own Reynolds Welding and Fabrication

The now 10-year-old five-employee business, born out of a passion for binding and bending steel to obey Jerado's creative demands, was frequently busy yet barely yielding a profit. Several long introspective conversations with Joyce, his wife of 25 years, led them to consider a change in operations and yet another bold but calculated risk. Under their new plan, she would leave her full-time job as an assistant nursing director and join him full-time in the daily operation of the business.

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Vivian Akuoko - Evay Cosmetics LLC

Winner of Connecticut's 2014 Micro-Enterprise Award!Vivian Akuoko has worked with the Entrepreneurial Center to expand her 30 year business.

It's widely accepted that the definition of an entrepreneur is "one who creates and or operates a business or businesses, and is responsible for greater than normal financial risk". Hopefully the person enjoys the rewards. To succeed, especially in today's economy, you have to have the stomach for it; intestinal fortitude, vision, perseverance, and a champion's spirit. Vivian Akuoko has all of that, and then some.
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Dotti Cannon—Brown Sugar Catering

Dotti Cannon worked with the Entrepreneurial Center to develop her catering business.

New England winters got Dotti Cannon into cooking. She is not a fan of cold weather, so while her brothers and sisters were out building snowmen and throwing snowballs, she stayed inside helping her mother and grandmother cook.
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