Success Stories

Innovative bio textile technology will revolutionize orthopedic patient care

Advisor: Patty Meagher

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

Advisor: Matt Nemeth

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

Advisor: Christopher Pisarz

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

Advisor: Gregory Lewis

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

Advisor: Jenefeness Houston

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

Advisor: Denise Whitford

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

Advisor: Jenefeness Houston

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...

34 Years in Business

Advisor: Michelle Koehler

In January 2014, General Machine sought advice from the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) about purchasing new equipment and their own building, diversifying their market base and developing strategies to win government bids. Read more...

9 Years in Business

Advisor: Jenefeness Houston

Jeré first connected with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in December 2013 for help forging a strong business plan that would communicate PrintabiliTees’ current and desired state, and justify the company’s readiness for a loan and line of credit. Read more...

15 Employees, Up Three From 2012

Advisor: Christopher Pisarz

Company Vice President Marcia Lafemina first came to the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in March 2012. The company required funding for a rush order placed by longtime-valued customer, the University of Connecticut (UConn). Read more...