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Entrepreneurial Center and Construction Institute Win CT Entrepreneur Awards

Posted 04/30/2018
Category: Accolades
Milena Erwin (left), WBC Program Manager, and Fred Wergeles (right), EC Director

Milena Erwin (left), WBC Program Manager, and Fred Wergeles (right), EC Director

The 2018 CT Entrepreneur Awards were announced at a ceremony on Friday, April 20, during which the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center (EC-WBC) and the Construction Institute were honored. The awards identify, recognize, and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures, and ecosystem elements that support them.

The EC-WBC received the Community Favorite Funding Award. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Milena Erwin, Program Manager of the WBC, as Community Builder of the Year, and to the Center’s annual event, CT Business Matchmaker, for Community Favorite Event. The EC-WBC is honored to have received the recognition of the small business community as a source for developing successful loan and grant packages. Last year, over $1M in capital was accessed by clients. Congratulations to Milena Erwin for her well-deserved Honorable Mention; she has been a valuable guide for many small businesses and has built a strong women’s business program at the Center. Congratulations also to the EC-WBC staff and organizing partners who have made the CT Business Matchmaker, now in its 9th year, such an impactful program. The next event will happen on June 14; learn more at

The Construction Institute is proud to have won the Community Favorite Event Award for The Women Who Build Summit. The Institute would like to thank its program task force members for creating and building such a meaningful program: Carolina Cudemus, Gilbane Building Company; Kathy Cowles, id3a; Marie Maia, Montagno Construction Company; Seaneen Thorpe, Centerbrook Architects; Milena Erwin, Women's Business Center, University of Hartford, Veronica Cook, University of Connecticut, and Annie McEvoy, New England Real Estate Journal. The Institute would also like to thank the incredible panelists and generous sponsors who contributed so much to the program. To see the complete listing of speakers, panels, and sponsors of this year's award-winning event, click HERE. To read about the inspiring opening keynote by Melody Currey, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, click HERE.

About the Awards
The CT Entrepreneur Awards featured both judged and community-favorite categories. Nominations began in January 2018 and then 14 expert judges from 13 states evaluated the finalists to identify winners in seven categories. A 30-day community-voting period during February and March 2018 yielded 8,709 unique votes for the 220 finalists in 14 categories. More than 60 Connecticut cities and towns were represented by the finalists.

Milena Erwin (left), WBC Program Manager, and Fred Wergeles (right), EC Director

Milena Erwin (left), WBC Program Manager, and Fred Wergeles (right), EC Director