Annual Meeting & EC Workshops

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October 11, 2012

Connecticut District Office Newsletter

Grand Opening of Subway Restaurant, a result of a Patriot Express Loan 

Not even the rain scheduled in yesterday's forecast was going to put a damper on this Young Veteran Entrepreneurs dream to open up his first Subway franchise. The SBA staff along with representatives from Webster Bank who facilitated a Patriot Express loan were all present to support CDR Michael A. Thomas in opening his restaurant in West Haven, CT. Along with the Connecticut SBA delegation were several elected officials, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, East Haven Mayor Richard Picard, and State Rep. Steve Dugard. CDR Thomas launched his current initiative - a program to actively recruit, train, and employ veterans in the Subway franchising business.  CDR Thomas's military experience includes multiple combat deployments in support of a range of operations from Operation Allied Force (Kosovo) through Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal among others.  


Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting - October 16th, 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces its 2012 Eagle Awards recipients for its Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting. The Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway will host the Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting next Tuesday, October 16th, 2012.   Please join us as we wrap up our fiscal year 2012 and kick off 2013.


Top Dollar 7(a) & Top 504 Lender        -      Webster Bank

Top Volume, Top 7a                           -      Farmington Bank

Top Dollar Lender                               -      First Niagara

Top 504 Lender, Top Microlender         -      CTCIC     

Outstanding Contribution                     -      Thomaston Savings Bank

Outstanding Contribution                     -      Union Savings Bank

Emerging Lender                                -       Newtek

Emerging Lender                                -      HEDCO

Outstanding Resource - Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Resource                         -      PTAP

District Director Award                         -      David Blitz (Farmington Bank)

To attend next week's Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting please   or call (860) 240-4638.


Power and Progress Business Women's Symposium

Date: Thu, December 6, 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $55

Location: Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at or call 860.768.5681  

Power Up with Susan Coleman, Co-author of A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms! Join us for an empowering evening as we explore five financial strategies for women business owners through facilitated networking, team exercises, and a keynote discussion and book signing.    

The Power & Progress Business Women's Symposium will kick off the Fall/Winter series of the Women’s Business Roundtable, which will focus on financial management. The Roundtable is an educational and advisory program for women owned businesses. Call 860-768-5681 for more information.



Expanding with Exports

October 25th, 2012

4pm - 6pm

Free Workshop

Can your business benefit from exploring other markets? How do you know if you are ready to export? Learn the basics of the process and the resources available to help you along the way.

Social Media Marketing Made Simple

October 23, 2012 

9am – 11am

Free workshop

Learn the essential strategies and best practices for successful social media marketing including discussion of various social media networks and tools, how to develop relationships, drive sales, and engagement, as well as how to incorporate social into your business without losing productivity.

Basics of Franchising 

October 25, 2012

4pm – 6pm

Free workshop

This informative workshop will explore franchising as a form of business ownership, and will give an overview on topics such as: how to identify and select the right franchise, what are the advantages of franchising, what franchises cost and how to finance the purchase.

To Register for any of the classes above please contact:

Center for Professional Development, Women's Business Center at the University of Hartford