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Lawmakers won't take tax hikes off table

Matt Pilon |

Headed into a two-year budget cycle in which the legislature faces projected annual deficits approaching $1.5 billion, businesses are probably wondering whether to expect major tax hikes akin to...

Reboot for City Steam's Naughty Nurse brand

Gregory Seay |

Downtown Hartford's City Steam Brewery has hired West Hartford design firm WondriskaRusso to assist with a brand reboot of its popular Naughty Nurse line of craft beers.

XL Center renovation key to Hartford’s future

The future of the XL Center has been brought back into the spotlight, although nothing new has developed since the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) last year backed a $250 million plan to...

CT panel supports $15 minimum wage

Patricia Daddona |

The Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board has recommended raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour "gradually and over a reasonable period of time," according to a report released Thursday.

Small businesses campaign for shoppers this Saturday

Patricia Daddona |

Small Business Saturday is on tap this weekend, and experts are touting the day as a way to boost local economies in Connecticut.

Ten small businesses in Hartford share in $75K grants

Patricia Daddona |

Ten small businesses in one Hartford neighborhood undergoing revitalization have been awarded nearly $75,000 in federal micro-grants, Mayor Luke Bronin announced Friday.

From salesman to president, Cartisano’s first job sticks

Stan Simpson |

When Jay Cartisano landed his first job out of college as a copy and fax machine salesman, he had a one-year plan. The 1989 Ohio University graduate wasn't sure if sales was something he...

Tips for outsourcing your company’s IT

Carlos Perez |

Small business owners by nature wear many hats to run and manage their companies. In many cases those responsibilities, while crucial to the operation of the business, are not the company's primary...


Robin Ann Bienemann is CEO and founder of Crimson Rook, a Connecticut firm specializing in helping small and mid-size companies increase value, transition to new owners or generations and address...

Small business is no Sikorsky

Andrew Markowski |

We recently saw state lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a deal to entice Sikorsky Aircraft to remain in Connecticut valued at a dramatic $220 million. That's a lot of hard-earned taxpayer dollars to...

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