Students Prepare to Graduate from the Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program in Hartford

by Jodi Coombs | Dec. 11, 2015

Storrs, Conn.: The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) is preparing its participants to graduate from the Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program, Tuesday, Dec. 15, at HEDCO, Inc., 15 Lewis Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The awards ceremony begins at 6:00 PM, with opening remarks from CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter and Kim Hawkins, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for HEDCO.

The award winning Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program is a pragmatic, structured, yet open-ended approach to development. It is created to help people who haven’t had formal business training to develop the attitudes, skills and qualities necessary for effective business success. The program is designed to develop an entrepreneur’s leadership ability, equally through interaction with an experienced instructor and with her or his peers.

“The Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program aims to instill the confidence and leadership necessary to move small business owners ahead, and live each day doing what they love to do most,” says CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter. “Our goal is to help the students learn and implement what is necessary be in a successful business.”

The Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program is an intensive effort for participants, with homework frequently assigned for completion by the following session. The average participant can expect to spend from 3 to 4 hours each week outside of class to complete the homework assignments on time and in a quality fashion. Owning and running a small business is a demanding undertaking. The program and its homework assignments mirror the effort it will take to run your business on a daily basis.

The Side Street to Main Street Skills for Business Growth Program was facilitated by Denise Whitford, CTSBDC Business Advisor and is supported in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and HEDCO, Inc. This program is licensed from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, Middletown, Connecticut.

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