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Youth Entrepreneur Invents New Way to Package and Sell Ice Cream

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...

Coppola & Sons Construction Co.
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One Valued Employee is Back to Work

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...

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34 Years in Business

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
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9 Years in Business

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...

Pennsylvania Globe Gaslight Company, Success Story
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15 Employees, Up Three From 2012

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...

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5 Years in Business

5 Years in Business

Advisor: Nelson Merchan

To ensure she launched a successful business, Kristin first contacted the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in 2008. Since then Kristin’s grown her client base from zero to 100, mostly through her website, client and colleague referrals, and by leveraging free online tools. Read more...

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First Year in Business

First Year in Business

Advisors: Jenefeness Houston and Matt Nemeth

Based in Voluntown, CT, and a certified health coach since 2011, Lynn wanted to share her newfound insights to help other new mothers and moms-to-be lessen their stress and enjoy a positive, joyful pregnancy, birth and parenting experience. Read more...