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Free Program Benefits Hartford’s Small Businesses

One of the best deals for Hartford small businesses just expanded and is accepting new applicants. The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center (EC-WBC) received an award to support the Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program (HSBTAP). HSBTAP provides free support to local businesses to increase sales and become more stable and prosperous.

Shelli McMillen, the HSBTAP Manager, said, “This is a small but mighty program that has a high impact on the local community. In the past three years, we have helped 73 small businesses to create 46 jobs, increase their profits by 57%, and access $1.5M in capital. With the expanded funding this year, we have new spaces available and are looking forward to working with more small businesses.”

The program has been funded since 2011 by the City of Hartford through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). These businesses receive free technical assistance to develop marketing campaigns, including social media and websites, develop business plans, learn financial management skills and tools, and more. The objective is to help businesses grow, earn more profits, and create jobs for the local community. CDBG requires that eligible businesses market their products or services, in part, to low-to-moderate income residents in Hartford.

To apply, call the EC-WBC at 860.768.5681. More information is available at

Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center

The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut. The Center focuses on serving women, minority-owned businesses, and other underserved constituents. Part of the nationally-renowned Barney School of Business, the Center specializes in turning ideas into viable businesses and break-even companies into sustainable, profitable, and scalable enterprises. For more information, visit