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Six startups share $54K in CTNext grants

CTNext, the state-backed program to support and develop startups in Connecticut, said it has awarded $54,000 to six companies and entrepreneurs.

Golf pro turns passion into business opportunity

Stan Simpson |

For the past decade, Todd Daigneault immersed himself in almost every facet of golf: playing as a professional; teaching; selling; and his specialty, club making.

IP Factory shuffles leadership

The IP Factory, an East Hartford not-for-profit that helps companies develop and commercialize products, said it has named Chris Kalish as president.

UConn's 'hearty startup' gains attention, funding

Matthew Broderick |

When he enrolled in UConn's biomedical engineering graduate program in 2005, Eric Sirois wasn't thinking about a career in business. But an entrepreneurship class that helped him better understand...

Hartford law firm gets into the startup game

Law firm Cohn Birnbaum & Shea said it has launched its own business accelerator that will offer guidance and legal services to startup companies in exchange for equity stakes.

CT Innovations hits funding gap, delays programs

Matt Pilon |

Connecticut Innovations, the state's quasi-public venture capital and lending arm, has put on hold its key investment and entrepreneurial programs until early next year because it doesn't have the...

Entrepreneurs survey: CT staffing increasing

An annual survey of Connecticut entrepreneurs found 67 percent added full-time staffers in the last six months and 47 percent expect to add more in the coming six months.

Benefit corporations prepare for launch

Matt Pilon |

On Oct. 1, Christopher Brechlin plans to convert his Willimantic civic startup, Blueprint for a Dream, into one of Connecticut's first benefit corporations.

Scented logo startup raises brand awareness

Lauren DeCarlo |

Melanie McMillan said she believes many small businesses aren't doing everything they can to attract and retain customers, as they neglect the most powerful of the five senses: smell.

Millennials to take over by 2025

In the next 10 years, Millennials will dominate the workforce.

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