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University's Entrepreneurial Center Recognized for Work With Minority Small Businesses in Connecticut

Posted 07/21/2015
Posted by David Isgur

The Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (APAAC) recognized the work of the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center (EC) and The Metropolitan District (MDC) during its May 28 event, APA Small Business Achievement & Recognition Reception.

APAAC thanked both organizations for “highlight[ing] the importance of APA businesses” in Connecticut. APAAC, the EC, and the EC initiative, the Women’s Business Center, pledged to work together to continue servicing the APA community’s business needs.

U.S. Rep. John Larson’s office presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to the EC and MDC for their partnership in running the Small Contractor Development Program. Through this program, they offer training, technical assistance, business matchmakers, and service centers to small contracting companies.

Entrepreneurial Center Director Sandra Cahill said, “The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center and Women’s Business Center appreciate the recognition for our work with small contractors. It is truly an honor to work with such hard-working, dedicated entrepreneurs. Many of the businesses we work with experience significant growth when provided with customized technical support and business education that is affordable and accessible. As a result, they are having a positive economic impact on their communities, creating and retaining local jobs, purchasing supplies from other local businesses, and accessing capital through local financial institutions.”

The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, throughout Connecticut. Part of the nationally renowned Barney School of Business, the Center helps small business owners and employees to gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace through business advising, technical assistance, educational programs, and networking events. For more information, visit