CTSBDC Client, Crystal Ballroom of New Britain, Wins U. S. Small Business Administration’s Connecticut Microenterprise Award
by Lyra Capone | April 5, 2016
Crystal Ballroom of New Britain, LLC is a local ballroom rental and catering business, serving both private and business clients in New Britain and the surrounding area for over 30 years. It is owned by Alina Wegrzyniak and staffed by the rest of her family. This year, this local family-owned business is being honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with the 2016 Connecticut Microenterprise Award.
Ever since 2001, the Wegrzyniak family has been hosting events for people from all over New England, and even further states such as Illinois and Florida, providing guests with a beautiful ballroom to use, and serving traditional Polish food with unique twists innovated by members of the family.
Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) business advisor Shelly Koehler nominated Alina and Crystal Ballroom of New Britain for this prestigious award. Shelly has been advising Alina and providing professional business assistance to her company since June 2015.
“Shelly has noticed our drive for this project and has gotten on board with us,” says Alina. “We really do believe that Shelly has our best interest at heart. Currently, we are working with Shelly to secure a CT Department of Economic and Community Development Small Business Express Loan.”
Shelly provides business assistance to many small business entrepreneurs in the Waterbury area, constantly using her own decades of business experience along with the resources of the CTSBDC to guide business owners in the direction of success. Shelly and Crystal Ballroom of New Britain began their relationship to help the business refine their business plan and financials in order to obtain financing of a new banquet facility in New Britain.
Shelly has found the entrepreneurial drive and passion of the Wegrzyniak family to be inspiring, and speaks fondly of her service with their business.
“I am honored to be the CTSBDC business advisor for Crystal Ballroom of New Britain. Working with Alina, Stan, Magdalena and the rest of the family has been truly an exhilarating journey,” says Shelly. “They had the determination, dedication, tenacity and the courage to keep going and find a way no matter what we set out to accomplish. They are true entrepreneurs.”
Alina and the Werzyniak family are also thankful for the professional help that the CTSBDC and Shelly have given them, and today are still working together closely.
“While we were seeking funding for our new facility, we faced a task that required an overwhelming amount of information. However, Shelly took us through it one step at a time. She always had a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C,” says Alina. “Any business related question that I may have, I turn to her.”
Alina and Crystal Ballroom of New Britain will be honored at the SBA Small Business Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at The Infinity Music Hall and Bistro, 32 Front Street, Hartford, CT, along with her fellow SBA Small Business Award recipients. Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.