Connecticut's Spring Newsletter - May 2018

Connecticut District Office  - May 2018

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Connecticut's Small Business Week Awards Ceremony  - May 3rd 

SBW Winners 2018

Most recently Connecticut celebrated its annual Small Business Awards Celebration at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven, CT  for a sold out crowd in which eleven outstanding small business owners were recognized for their job creation, innovation, and economic contributions to our state.  

April M. Lukasik, President and CEO of Bright and Early Children's Learning Centers of North Branford, CT was named the  U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s top award.

 The other ten SBA award winners were:

  • Erin E. Emmons,  Women-Owned Small Business of the Year (Lucky Taco / Manchester)
  • Dennis C. Nash,  Small Business Exporter of the Year (Control Station / Manchester)
  • Stefanie C.F. Toise, PhD, MPH, Microenterprise of the Year (At One / Vernon)  
  • Charles A. Buck Jr., Region 1 & Connecticut Family-Owned Business of the Year (Buck's Spumoni Company / Milford)  
  • Mary Lynn Ortiz, Minority-Owned Business of the Year (Borinquen Bakery / New Britain)
  • Aaron M. Bohigian, Financial Services Champion of the Year (Webster Bank)
  • Alyssa M. DeMatteo, Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Wildflour Confections / Seymour) 
  • Brian Weinstein, Region 1 & Connecticut Manufacturer of the Year (Chapco Inc., / Chester)
  • Linda R. Longobardi, Home-Based Business of the Year (Regift the Wrap / Glastonbury)
  • Nicholas W. Wright, Veteran-Owned Business of the Year (Unlimited RV / Prospect) 

This event was made possible through a collaboration with Greater Hartford & New Haven SCORE Chapters.  All eleven awardees received SBA assistance whether in the form of an SBA loan, counseling or a federal contract. The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. 


May is Military Appreciation Month! 

The SBA offers support for veterans as they enter the world of business ownership. Look for funding programs, training, and federal contracting opportunities.

Boots to Business: An entrepreneurial program offered on military installations around the world and a training track of the Department of Defense (DOD) Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Boots to Business Reboot extends the entrepreneurship training offered in TAP to veterans of all eras in their communities, taking place May 16 & 17 in Groton, CT. For more info contact:

Funding for veteran-owned small businesses:

  • You can use SBA tools like Lender Match to connect with lenders. In addition, the SBA makes special consideration for veterans through several programs.
  • SBA Veterans Advantage. Offers guarantees on loans approved to businesses that are at least 51-percent owned by veterans or military spouses.
  • The Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL). Provides loans of up to $2 million to cover operating costs that cannot be met due to the loss of an essential employee called to active duty in the Reserves or National Guard.

Log onto SBA's Office of  Veterans Business Ownership at: 

Explore Exporting with SBA

An Overview of Global Opportunities and Resources for Small Business - May 16

  • Meet a panel of experts from Government Agencies who will discuss resources for doing business in the global arena
  • Hear case histories from successful export and import entrepreneurs 
  • Meet an International Trade Attorney

In collaboration with: Fairfield County SCORE, SBA, DECD, SBDC, WBDC

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 6pm-8pm

Place: Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd. Bridgeport, CT


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Women Entrepreneurs: How Did She Do That? (Leadership Principles in Small Business) - May 15

You don't have to go it alone!  Come meet a network of women who share your dream. There is power in learning through the experiences of others, whether being introduced to new concepts by a speaker or simply networking to discover alternative ways of thinking about problems and solutions. This Women's Conference has a panel of experienced business women, resources for you and opportunities to network!

 A panel of successful women business owners/leaders from different backgrounds will share their experiences on things you can control, things you can’t control, and getting through the grey area in between. This is a topic we've all struggled with, but never had the opportunity to talk about! Interact with the panel and your fellow entrepreneurs to come away with some powerful ideas.

When: May 15, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm 


Place: Goodwin College, 1 Pent Rd. East Hartford

Fee: $40 

CT Business Matchmaker - Open the Door To Contracts & More! - June 14


This high-energy event connects small businesses and contractors with large companies and agencies during a fast-paced series of 10-minute 1-on-1 interviews

Register early! 

May 10 – June 5: $70

At the door: $85

**Sign up for 5 Matchmaker appointments immediately following online registration** 

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time: 7am – 2:30pm  

Place: University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford



Women’s Business Center Programs

Register at: or call 860.768.5681


Discover Your “Secret Sauce”* Ladies Who Lunch

Thursday, May 17; 12 – 1:30 pm


Location: 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 


Facebook for Business Bootcamp

Monday, May 21; 9:30 am – 3 pm

Fee:  $45

Location: 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 


Financing Your Small Business  

Part 1:  Preparing for Financing*

Tuesday, May 22; 9:30 – 11:30 am


Location: 260 Girard Avenue, Hartford, CT 


Financing Your Small Business  

Part 2:  Financing Options*

Tuesday, June 5; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Location: 260 Girard Avenue, Hartford, CT

Upcoming Matchmaker Primers & Workshops

  • Friday May 11th: Matchmaker Primer workshop at Gateway Community College in New Haven. 9:30am to 12:00pm. For more info and to register:
  • Monday May 14th: Matchmaker Primer at the Tolland Library, Tolland. 10:30am to 1:00pm. For more info and to register:
  • Tuesday May 15th: Contracting 101 at the Blackstone Library in Brandford. 5:30pm to 7:00pm. For more information and to register:
  • Wednesday May16th: How to Finance Your Business at the Mystic Noank Library, Mystic. 6:00pm to 8:00pm. For more info and to register:
  • Thursday May 17th: How to Market Your Business at the West Haven Library, West Haven. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more info and to register:
  • Friday May 18th: Matchmaker Primer at CT-PTAC, Groton. 9:30am to 12:00pm. For more info and to register:
  • Monday May 21st: Matchmaker Primer at the Russell Library, Middletown. 10:30am to 1:00pm. For more info and to register:
  • Tuesday May 29th: Contracting at the Milford Library, Milford. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more info and to register:
  • Thursday May 31st: Contracting 101 at the West Haven Library, West Have. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more info and to register:
  • For a complete Educational Calendar please visit us at