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Entrepreneurial Center

Your Business. Your Vision. Our Expertise.

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The Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Through business advising, technical assistance, trainings, mentoring programs, and networking events, the EC helps small business owners and employees to gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace. 

The Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

We help businesses:

  • Develop and implement marketing, business, and financial plans
  • Identify capital needs and access financing programs
  • Improve cash flow and financial management
  • Grow sales and reach new markets
  • Enhance general marketing and social media campaigns
  • Access export and government contract opportunities
  • Streamline operations by utilizing business software

Women's Business Center 

is an initiative of the EC, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The WBC specializes in serving women in business. Our training and advising are focused on the learning styles, qualities, and particular needs that women bring to business. 

Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program

Do you own a small business in Hartford? You may qualify for the Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program, which offers free technical assistance to participating businesses. Learn more!

Barney School of Business

The Entrepreneurial Center is part of the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Princeton Review named the Barney School of Business one of the nation's most outstanding business schools. Learn more

All EC and WBC programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.
Click here to request accommodations.

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the  U.S. Small Business Administration.
 

The City of Hartford partially funds the Entrepreneurial Center.

  Hartford Small Business
  Technical Assistance Program
  is funded in part with
  Community Development
  Block Grant funds allocated
  to University of Hartford's 
  Entrepreneurial Center by
  the City of Hartford.

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 Connecticut State Department of  
 Economic and Community
 Development
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Success at the EC

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Vivian Akuoko has intestinal fortitude, vision, perseverance, and a champion's spirit - entrepreneurial characteristics that have buoyed her achievements.


Women's Business Center

is an initiative of the EC that specializes in serving women in business.


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