Success Stories

Small business owner receives $2,000 award at pitch competition to develop manufacturing tooling

Vlad was eager to expand his small business to the next level, but he had never navigated the treacherous seas of international trade before, and sought out professional business advising to help him seal the deal. That’s when he contacted the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) for support in developing his business to stand on the stage of global trade. Read more...

Women-owned startup receives $2 million in strategic funding for lifesaving diagnostic test for pregnant women

When Wendy reached out to the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), she was ready to seek venture capital funding to expand her team and continue down the path toward FDA approval and commercialization. CTSBDC Technology Business Advisor Patty Meagher, who had met Wendy at a CTNext entrepreneurial pitch event, immediately saw the passion that Wendy had for her company, the potential that this product had to save lives and the economic opportunity for both investors and the State of Connecticut. Read more...

Three years of manufacturing success and expansion

A mere three years after first beginning research into their toys, Jim and Luke’s products can be found in over 150 stores across the country, and are offered by national online retailers such as The Grommet, Uncommon Goods and more. Their innovative and family friendly toys have also been the subject of critical acclaim, having been awarded the prestigious Family Choice Award for Preschool Toys, and placing as a finalist in INC Magazine’s Design Awards. Read more...

5 Years In Business

To fuel its fast growing business, this 10-person company (currently) has relied on private and institutional investors—and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) has played a significant role in the company’s success. CTSBDC Business Advisor Patty Meagher has been working with CEO and co-founder David Campbell since 2011. In collaboration with Gary Breitbart of the Business Council of Fairfield County, FedTax has refined their pitch materials and messaging to improve business development efforts, attract additional capital, and enhance the company’s relationships with the Angel Investor Forum and similar investor groups. Read more...

Equine Therapy Organization Buys 37 Acres of Land, Acquires USDA Loan, and Creates 7 New Jobs

Lee Paradis is the founder of Horses Healing Humans, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rehabilitation services to those suffering conditions such as traumatic brain injuries and PTSD with the help of horses. Lee was looking for assistance developing her board of directors, gaining access to capital and growing her business in other ways, and came to the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) for assistance. She was paired with professional business advisor, Matt Nemeth. Read more...

Assisted company and its goal to manufacture their products in the United States

Based in Danbury, the company’s 100% American made, eco-friendly stackable toys appeal to preschoolers ready to up their fine motor skills, problem solving abilities and pretend play. Jim and Luke reached out to Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in February 2014 seeking business advice and access to state-offered small business programs. “We connected with Business Advisor Nelson Merchan, whose attention and advice have been invaluable, and he’s been instrumental in making our business more professional and well-positioned for success.” Read more...

Hired 8-10 new staff members and re-invested in community

Long-time friends Dana Griffin, Sr. and Pete Jaynes made an agreement with each other – if one of them opened a restaurant, the other would come and help out. And that’s exactly what happened with Dana decided to buy the old Humphrey’s East and turn it into Park Place East offering freshly-made American cuisine with Southern favorites created by Chef Pete Jaynes. But before Dana could open the doors, he enlisted the assistance of the CTSBDC. Read more...

Many business-building initiatives are in progress such as building a new website and launching into social media

Martha Yaney took over the family business suddenly and she required assistance in a variety of areas including marketing, expanding her market and hiring staff. She was introduced to Nelson Merchan, CTSBDC business advisor, and they immediately got to work on creating a complete marketing strategy including messaging for her capability statement.Read more...

Innovative bio textile technology will revolutionize orthopedic patient care

The Woven team is part of a movement to help drive Manchester’s revitalization, and build on its reputation as the historic textile capital of Connecticut.Read more...

Skate shop expands, adds merchandise and launches a new website

Owner Charlie King and CTSBDC Advisor Matt Nemeth dove into the fundamentals of his business including operations and cash flow management, business planning, financial analysis to support Charlie’s expansion plans, new marketing strategies and ways to expand his product line.Read more...