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The Entrepreneurial Center (EC)

The Entrepreneurial Center (EC), founded in 1985, provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small business owners, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. Through business advising, technical assistance, trainings, mentoring programs, and networking events, the EC helps entrepreneurs gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace. The Center offers its services to both men and women.

The Women's Business Center (WBC) is an initiative of the EC. 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.

The EC also offers a number of special programs during the year. 

How to Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Monday, April 3; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

In today’s business environment, video is the most effective and affordable tool a business can use to increase its online visibility, generate more leads, and convert potential customers into clients. This workshop will discuss ways in which you can leverage the power of video, including YouTube, to grow your business.

How to Start Your Own Small Business

This one-session workshop will meet on:

  • Wednesday, April 5; 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 6; 9:30 am – 12 pm

Free workshop
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Learn how to get started and move your ideas into action.

Evaluate your business concept in a dynamic group setting and identify challenges

Learn how to navigate through the governmental regulations

Learn about available resources and plan action steps to reach your goal

Explore important considerations in starting or expanding a business including your experience, financial and other resources, available investment capital, and lifestyle needs.

Doing Business with the State of CT

Friday, April 7, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Free workshop

This workshop will outline how to do business with the State of Connecticut. Representatives from the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program and the Small Business Administration’s CT District Office will be available to discuss products and services offered.

Presented in partnership with:
CT PTAP
US SBA CT District Office

Marketing Matters:  Developing a Marketing Plan

Monday, April 10; 10 am – 12 pm
Free workshop
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT
Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

In today’s dynamic, continually changing, competitive economy, marketing is a critical aspect of every successful enterprise and should be a key component in your business plan. This workshop will focus on ideas and strategies that you can utilize in order to develop a strategic marketing plan that will help take your business to the next level.

7-Day Social Media Post Challenge – WEBINAR

Monday, April 24; 10 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  ONLINE
Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Step up to the challenge as we spend a week creating exciting and engaging social media posts!  A live 90-minute webinar on April 24 will kick-off our challenge as we learn how to plan, create, and manage social media posts.  Over the following six days, daily 15-minute, online sessions will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, receive feedback on your content, and collaborate with other like-minded entrepreneurs in real time.

The Art of Active Listening and Giving Positive Feedback TD Bank Business Leadership Series

Thursday, April 27; 6 – 8 pm
Free workshop
Location:  University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105

Register by calling 860-768-5681 or by email at entrectr@hartford.edu

Do you know the 5:1 rule of positive-to-constructive feedback?  How often do we actually apply it to motivate and sustain positive behavior? In this experiential workshop, learn to differentiate between different types of feedback, experience the art of active listening, identify areas of emotional hijacking and emotional comfort, and leave with a plan to transform a challenging relationship in your own life.

How to Start Your Own Small Business

This one-session workshop will meet on:

  • Wednesday, May 3; 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 4; 9:30 am – 12 pm

Free workshop
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Learn how to get started and move your ideas into action.

Evaluate your business concept in a dynamic group setting and identify challenges

Learn how to navigate through the governmental regulations

Learn about available resources and plan action steps to reach your goal

Explore important considerations in starting or expanding a business including your experience, financial and other resources, available investment capital, and lifestyle needs.

Managerial Skills: The Keys to Unlocking the Motivation of Millennials TD Bank Business Leadership Series

Thursday, May 4; 6 – 8 pm
Free workshop
Location:  University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105

Register by calling 860-768-5681 or by email at entrectr@hartford.edu

Managers want to know how to work effectively and successfully with the Millennial generation.  We’ve got the answer, and we will show you how in an interactive workshop that will provide you with a plan of engagement.  Join us to discover the five keys to unlocking the motivation of Millennials around you.

Campaigns that Drive Action:  Events and Online Registration  - WEBINAR

Wednesday, May 10; 10 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location: ONLINE

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Running an event offers your small business a valuable opportunity to self-promote.  This webinar will focus on introducing you to some great new strategies to help you promote your next event successfully, including the implementation of a streamlined online registration process.

Tips from the Recruiter:  A 3600 Perspective TD Bank Business Leadership Series

Thursday, May 11; 6 – 8 pm
Free workshop
Location:  University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105

Register by calling 860-768-5681 or by email at entrectr@hartford.edu

This workshop will take you through the job search/recruiting process from the perspective of the candidate, recruiter and employer. The goal of the workshop is to give each participant - whether a business owner or professional - tips and tools to navigate the career search/candidate search process from all sides.  At some point in their life, every person will be seeking a company, career or life change.  Learn how to be more effective in navigating these times. The presenter is the owner of a CT executive recruiting firm.

Basics of Franchising

Tuesday, May 16; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Interested in becoming a franchise owner? In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the “right” franchise for you
  • Advantages of owning a franchise
  • How to finance the purchase of a franchise.

How Well Do You Use LinkedIn?

Monday, May 22; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:    Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Register at: Hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Did you know that LinkedIn, the world’s number one professional networking website, can create an abundance of leads for your business – at no cost?  Join us for this workshop and learn how to use LinkedIn to your business’ advantage.


The Entrepreneurial Center (EC)

E-mail us at empower@hartford.edu for more information or to sign up for a class. As course listings change frequently, please check back often.