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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. 

Drive New Business with Social Media

Monday, March 6; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Free workshop

Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

You know you should be on social media, but do you know why?  Do you know which platform is best for you?  From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you.  You don’t have to be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself.  Let us make social media easy - join us!

Introduction to Grant Writing for Small Business

Tuesday, March 14 - 9:30 – 11:30 am

Free workshop

Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Learn the fundamentals of grant writing for business and how to get started.  Practice persuasive writing as it relates to grant-seeking and small business development.  Focus on building your small business goals one step at a time so you can turn your ideas into opportunities.

Bounce-Back Power:  Everyday Strategies to Develop Resilience

Thursday, March 16; 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

In today’s fast-paced environment, understanding, embracing, and effectively managing ongoing change is essential.  The level of resiliency which one possesses can mean the difference between experiencing smooth, successful change or an organizational or personal failure.  This engaging and interactive workshop will define resilience and discuss common mistakes that are often made during times of change.  At the workshop’s conclusion, you will leave with a plan for resiliency and equipped with “bounce-back” power.

Financing Your Business Part 1:  Preparing to Finance Your Small Business

Tuesday, March 21; 6 – 8 pm

Free workshop

Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105

Learn the critical role that access to credit plays in your business’ future, as well as the ins-and-outs of preparing your business for financing. Presented by the Entrepreneurial Center and ACCION with the support of The Hartford.

Building and Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile - WEBINAR

Wednesday, March 22; 7 – 8 pm

Free webinar
Location: Online

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for creating and growing your personal brand.  In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Create an inviting profile that effectively markets you and/or your business
  • Choose proper keywords and place them effectively
  • Showcase your expertise, and manage your profile and account settings

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Ups and Downs:  Dealing with Life’s Peaks and Valleys

Thursday, March 23; 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

Join our presenters for this special collaborative effort as they provide a method to navigate successfully the highs and lows of life’s journey.  If you want to craft your future, utilizing positive strategies for dealing with the cycles of life is essential.  Eliminate excuses and join us for an exciting evening of personal development and growth.

This Girl is on Fire!  Building Your Brand through Social Media

Monday, March 27; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Free workshop

Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

In this class we will look at the most powerful women in business using Social Media to grow their online brand, review their rise to the top on social channels, examine what tools they use and determine how YOU can become a rising powerful woman on social media.

Financing Your Business Part 2:  Establishing and Rebuilding Credit

Tuesday, March 28; 6 – 8 pm

Free workshop

Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105

This workshop addresses the critical role of credit in starting and growing your small business and in obtaining capital.  We will discuss how to:

  • Read your credit report
  • Build new credit
  • Rebuild damaged credit
  • Maintain a positive credit history
  • Dispute errors on your report and negotiate payment plans that work for you.

Perfect Storm Leadership

Thursday, March 30; 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

Hear the little-known, behind-the-scenes story of the dramatic Coast Guard rescue of a downed Air National Guard Helicopter during the “Perfect Storm” in 1991. The speaker shares a light-hearted but compelling story about how leadership skills helped him survive the wrath of Mother Nature, during what has been described as the “Storm of the Century”.  Get inspired by this amazing personal and professional journey, as the “Leadership Lessons” learned that fateful night on the bow of the TAMAROA are tied together with similar techniques to be used in the everyday corporate working environment. 

CT Supplier Connection Portal and Panel Discussion

Friday, March 31; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Free workshop
Register at www.hartford.edu/ec or 860-768-5681
Location:  Entrepreneurial Center, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

CT Small and Diversity Suppliers:  Is your company ready to win contracts with large buyers?  This workshop will introduce a new initiative that can help you grow with new contracts and bid on new business opportunities from home.  Learn how to register and use the Supplier Connection network.  An overview will be followed by a hands-on demonstration.  A panel of procuring and supplier diversity representatives will discuss their companies’ programs and requirements.

Presenters: Pitney Bowes, Business Council of Fairfield County and various panelists

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.