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(pictured above)The Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) awards ceremony was highlighted in the July, 2014, edition of the West Indian American newspaper. UAMS thanks the editors for disseminating information regarding this very auspicious event.

UAMS Awardees

Upper Albany Merchants Awards – A Celebration of Appreciation

On Wednesday June 25, 2014, Upper Albany Main Street Association (UAMA) presented awards to 15 merchants who currently operate businesses in the city of Hartford.  The recipients were awarded for their active participation in the Micro-Business Incubator program sponsored in partnership by:

  • Upper Albany Main Street
  • University of Hartford
  • City of Hartford
  • Travelers
  • Bank of America
  • Metro Hartford Alliance

The awardees expressed their gratitude for the positive contribution made by the students from the University of Hartford/Barney School of Business (MBI class of Spring 2014), and the interns at Upper Albany Main Street.

In accepting his award, Levar Johnson (Director of Operations, Paragon Talent International) expressed his appreciation for the assistance he received from UAMA. He explained that his company has formed a relationship with Google with a focus on bridging the gap of cultural diversity in entrepreneurship that exists for young people in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Paragon currently concentrates on students (grades 7-9) in Hartford schools system, however training programs are also offered to young adults aspiring to own their own businesses.  Paragon is working to refine the relationship by implementing plans to take the graduates of their program on a visit to London in 2015.

In her acceptance, Vivian Akuoko (Chief Executive Officer, Evay Cosmetics) thanked UAMA for their assistance and recognition of her commitment to her business. She then spoke about her impending visit to Ghana and Nigeria during the period of August 14, 2014, through September 2, 2014, where she will be conducting trade shows and training young women on the proper use of skin care products.

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UAMS Awarded $75,000 Grant From
The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Travelers Logo

Upper Albany Main Street is pleased to accept a grant of $75,000.00 representing Travelers support for the Upper Albany Main Street Micro Business Incubator (MBI) Program. Travelers also extended their best wishes for a successful year as our MBI program continues to provide the business community with vital workforce development training and technical assistance.

Thank you Travelers for contributing to our very worthy cause!

UAMS Awarded $7,500 Grant From
Bank of America

Bank of America Logo

Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) has received a grant support of $7,500 from the Bank of America's Charitable Foundation, and it is with great pleasure that we express our appreciation for their support in providing our community with the Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) Micro Business Incubator (MBI) program.  This Bank of America investment in our organization will enable us to continue providing vital workforce development training and technical assistance to the Hartford business community.

Thank you Bank of America, for supporting our essential work!

Upper Albany Main Street Welcomes
Denise Best

Denise Best pic

Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) is pleased to announce that Denise Best has joined the organization as Assistant Director. Denise joined the agency on November 11, 2013,after working as a Coordinator for Comprehensive Community Development at the Christian Activities Council in Hartford, CT. She also previously worked at Trinity College as the Director of Graduate Studies and Special Academic; Programs, from which she retired in 2009.

UAMS Receives CDBG Grant

City of Hartford Logo

Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the City of Hartford's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that assists businesses in the Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal, and Blue Hills neighborhoods.


UAMA member awarded
"Business Owner of the Year"

Dr. Fichman of Fichman Eye Center

On June 10, 2013, the Connecticut Main Street Award of Excellence was awarded to Dr. Richard Fichman during their 2013 Connecticut Main Street Awards Gala that was held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in downtown Hartford. The Connecticut Main Street Awards of Excellence, created in 2003, annually celebrate and communicate the most successful and innovative efforts in Main Street revitalization in Connecticut.