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Entrepreneurial Center Recognizes Minority- and Woman-owned Small Businesses


Posted 01/22/2015
Submitted by Shelli McMillen
Category: Campus Announcements
The Entrepreneurial Center and the Minority Business Development Agency presented “Small Business Achievement Awards” to recognize the owners of 10 Connecticut-based minority- and woman-owned small business enterprises. Click on photo to enlarge.

The Entrepreneurial Center and the Minority Business Development Agency presented “Small Business Achievement Awards” to recognize the owners of 10 Connecticut-based minority- and woman-owned small business enterprises. Click on photo to enlarge.

 Award recipient Nancy Garthwaite of Garf Trucking, Inc. in Windsor, Conn., shared her experience at the ceremony. Click on photo to enlarge.

Award recipient Nancy Garthwaite of Garf Trucking, Inc. in Windsor, Conn., shared her experience at the ceremony. Click on photo to enlarge.

The Metropolitan District (MDC) partnered with the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center this past November to host the 2014 Executive Leadership Academy, an event designed to help local minority- and women-owned small businesses market their products and services to large contractors. Several of the attendees at the two-day event were honored at a “Supplier Diversity Recognition Reception” ceremony held at the State Capitol in Hartford on Dec. 19.

In addition to representatives from the MDC and the Entrepreneurial Center, the event featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, and the U.S Small Business Administration.

Nancy Garthwaite and Jerado Reynolds, two Academy participants, shared personal stories of how they have grown their businesses as a result of participating in the Academy and working with the MDC and University of Hartford as part of the Supplier Diversity Strategic Partnership Council. Participants were presented with plaques from the Entrepreneurial Center and the Minority Business Development Agency as well as citations from Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman’s office.

“Today we are recognizing minority- and woman-owned small businesses that have shown a commitment to their professional development and persistence in implementing improvements to their business operations. It has been a privilege for the Entrepreneurial Center to partner with these business owners to ensure their success,” said Sandra Cahill, director of the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center.

About the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center: The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, throughout Connecticut. Part of the nationally renowned Barney School of Business, the Center helps small business owners and employees gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace through business advising, technical assistance, educational programs, and networking events. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu/ec.

About the MDC: The MDC is a nonprofit municipal corporation chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1929. The MDC provides water, sewer, and household hazardous waste collection services to its member municipalities: Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor. In addition, under a series of special agreements, the District supplies treated water to portions of Glastonbury, South Windsor, Farmington, and East Granby.

The Entrepreneurial Center and the Minority Business Development Agency presented “Small Business Achievement Awards” to recognize the owners of 10 Connecticut-based minority- and woman-owned small business enterprises. Click on photo to enlarge.

The Entrepreneurial Center and the Minority Business Development Agency presented “Small Business Achievement Awards” to recognize the owners of 10 Connecticut-based minority- and woman-owned small business enterprises. Click on photo to enlarge.

 Award recipient Nancy Garthwaite of Garf Trucking, Inc. in Windsor, Conn., shared her experience at the ceremony. Click on photo to enlarge.

Award recipient Nancy Garthwaite of Garf Trucking, Inc. in Windsor, Conn., shared her experience at the ceremony. Click on photo to enlarge.