Success Stories

Assisted company and its goal to manufacture their products in the United States

Based in Danbury, the company’s 100% American made, eco-friendly stackable toys appeal to preschoolers ready to up their fine motor skills, problem solving abilities and pretend play. Jim and Luke reached out to Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in February 2014 seeking business advice and access to state-offered small business programs. “We connected with Business Advisor Nelson Merchan, whose attention and advice have been invaluable, and he’s been instrumental in making our business more professional and well-positioned for success.” Read more...

Hired 8-10 new staff members and re-invested in community

Long-time friends Dana Griffin, Sr. and Pete Jaynes made an agreement with each other – if one of them opened a restaurant, the other would come and help out. And that’s exactly what happened with Dana decided to buy the old Humphrey’s East and turn it into Park Place East offering freshly-made American cuisine with Southern favorites created by Chef Pete Jaynes. But before Dana could open the doors, he enlisted the assistance of the CTSBDC. Read more...

Many business-building initiatives are in progress such as building a new website and launching into social media

Martha Yaney took over the family business suddenly and she required assistance in a variety of areas including marketing, expanding her market and hiring staff. She was introduced to Nelson Merchan, CTSBDC business advisor, and they immediately got to work on creating a complete marketing strategy including messaging for her capability statement.Read more...

Innovative bio textile technology will revolutionize orthopedic patient care

The Woven team is part of a movement to help drive Manchester’s revitalization, and build on its reputation as the historic textile capital of Connecticut.Read more...

Skate shop expands, adds merchandise and launches a new website

Owner Charlie King and CTSBDC Advisor Matt Nemeth dove into the fundamentals of his business including operations and cash flow management, business planning, financial analysis to support Charlie’s expansion plans, new marketing strategies and ways to expand his product line.Read more...

Fearless entrepreneurs implement strategies to get family-owned business back on track

Teaming with CTSBDC Business Advisor Christopher Pisarz, the Changs took significant steps to put their small business on solid ground.Read more...

Local restaurant doubles seating, grows menu and adds jobs

Cafemantic owner and founder Andrew Gutt, a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, was drawn to Willimantic’s potential to become a vibrant college town. The first order of business, he determined, was starting a coffee shop on Main Street “where people can gather, work, share ideas, plan events and enjoy great coffee and great food.”Read more...

Received funding to relocate and create jobs

To drive growth potential nationally and globally, and support greater efficiencies—as well as take advantage of Bridgeport’s revitalization mission and Connecticut’s commitment to manufacturing and job growth—Beverlee has teamed with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center’s (CTSBDC) Business Advisor Jenefeness Houston since March 2014. Read more...

Youth Entrepreneur Invents New Way to Package and Sell Ice Cream

Making a good ice cream cone using hard ice cream can be an awkward task, and thirteen year old inventor Hannah Pucci wanted to help her mom find an easier way. Hannah’s solution? Read more...

One Valued Employee is Back to Work

Company founder Emilio Coppola began as an apprentice at age 13 in San Mango Sul Calore, Italy, before emigrating to America in 1959 and opening his own business in 1973. Emilio’s sons, Joseph and Robert, joined the firm in 1990 to help grow the business. Read more...