Category: Micro Business Incubator Class

MBI 2nd Class (2/4/14)

The second class session with our students happened on February 14, 2014, and it was very insightful to everyone in attendance. Our guest speaker was Mrs. Lucie Daily, Sales Consultant for  PAYCHEX, Inc. She presented information on payroll and explained the affects of the minimum wage law, and workers compensation. She presented information on payroll and explained that PAYCHEX is committed to rewarding their employees with a comprehensive and competitive benefit package, that also includes health and business insurance. By his presentation, the students were able to walk away with yet another edifying class experience.

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MBI Kickoff Class (1/28/14)

Welcome to Micro Business Incubator Class of 2014!  At our initial class meeting, the students were introduced to several important community partners who contribute to the success of the program. One such individual is Community Service Officer, Anthony Rinaldi, of the Hartford Police Department. He reassured the students of the general safety of the neighborhood, while reminding them that normal precautions, such as making sure that electronics and other valuables were not in their cars will make a difference. Because of Officer Ranaldi’s consistent efforts in the area, MBI students are both safe and comfortable traveling to their assigned businesses.

There was a formal presentation given by the Executive Director of Upper Albany Main Street, Marilyn Risi. She highlighted the bright spots of the program, and its track record of success. All the students enjoyed the receptive welcome,during which she offered words of encouragement for the journey throughout the semester. The semester has kicked off to a great start, stay tuned for more to come.

Upper Albany 2014 MBI Meeting

On Tuesday September 24, Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) met with business owners who will be participating in the 2014 Micro Business Incubator (MBI) program scheduled to be held at the University of Hartford.  Beginning January 2013, the merchants will set strategic business goals to be achieved with the assistance of students from the University.


2013 Micro Business Incubator Presents PAYCHEX

Today’s class was full of great and useful information to any prospective and current small business owner. The presenter was Mrs. Lucie Daly, Sales Consultant for PAYCHEX. Mrs. Daly presented Payroll 101 to the class and explained why it is beneficial for a business owner to outsource payroll. Some of the reasons were because of tax codes and employee benefits and certain insurances that need to be paid on time all of which if the employer fails to execute on time could result in hefty fines. Mrs. Daly also explain that with PAYCHEX the business owner has peace of mind to concentrate on running and growing the business. PAYCHEX does all of this and more all for a very affordable price.


2013 Micro Business Incubator Evay Cosmetics

The class today was very excited to hear from Mrs. Vivian Akouko, of Evay Cosmetics. As an Entrepreneur Mrs. Akouko has been very successful with more than one small business.  Evay Cosmetics is branding itself with a new packaging for the skin and hair care products that they design. Evay Cosmetics has gone through the growth of a small business and has learn many valuable skills that was shared with the class. Mrs. Akouko explained to the class very important marketing, FDA approvals and distribution issues that can come up in a start up business. Mrs. Akouko also explained that Entrepreneur need to educate themselves and that seeking guidance from Universities and small business resource centers (like Upper Albany Main Street program) is very important.




2013 Micro Business Incubator 8th Class

The Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS)/Micro-Business Incubator (MBI) is excited to present today’s guest speaker to the current MBI class, Mrs. Nadine Francis West. Mrs. West is the Vice President and Chief Administration, Finance and Governance for the Metro Hartford Alliance. The information that Mrs. West provided had the students on the edge of their seats. Listening with interest the class learned of new initiatives that the Metro Hartford Alliance is executing currently. The Graduate!CT, ( were professionals can seek guidance on furthering their education. Also, the Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) initiative was mention and of course many questions were asked. One such question was asked by Monique Smalls “Mrs. West how does one become a member of HYPE?” Mrs. West of course explained the process of contacting the Executive Director of HYPE and as a University of Hartford student membership is free; the main purposes of HYPE is attracting and retaining talent in the Hartford region, for further readings please visit the HYPE website ( Mrs. West also spoke of the Strategic Plan 2012-2013 titled “Sustain the Core Seize New Opportunities”, further information can be found at, ( Finally Mrs. West finished this most enlightening presentation by speaking about the many other programs and initiatives at the Metro Hartford Alliance such as the; Micro-Business Incubator, BusinessLINC Connecticut, and the newest initiative called LiveHartford. LiveHartford ( is an initiative to help professionals stay and live in Hartford, which is a very diversified and Historic city. We thank Mrs. West for her time and most exciting presentation.

2013 Micro-Business Incubators 6th Class

Today’s Guest speaker was Mrs. Kim Hawkins Director of the Business Resource center for HEDCo. Mrs. Hawkins explained the different loan services offered by HEDCo. Mrs. Hawkins went through the loan applications and what the business owners would have to provide as far as documentation. HEDCo also provides support to business owners for holding meetings, making copies and using computers at their office. The students were very intrigued with the information provided by Mrs. Hawkins.

2013 Micro-Business Incubators 5th Class

Today’s guest speaker was Mr. Shahzeb Hashmi, MBA, JJD.

D. Mr. Hashmi is a very successful serial Entrepreneur. He spoke with the student that currently in the Micro-Business incubator program about his organization “Pure foods Management”. The different issues that franchisees face on a day to day basis and what to look for if someone wants to become a franchisee. Some of the points that were talked about were How do you start a franchise, Advantages/Disadvantages, Location’s and Buying or leasing. Everyone was very enthusiastic and there were many follow up questions asked.

2013 Micro-Business Incubators 4th Class

Today’s class had a very energetic discussion about what the students are actually planning out and executing with their respective businesses. Dr. Johnson, gave very informative steps to some of the students and help guide them through various processes in order to execute their individual projects.

2013 Micro-Business Incubators 3rd Class

Today the students spoke with the former planner for the city of Hartford, Ct. Mr. Mulu Deres spoke with the class about the importance of consulting to Micro-Businesses and develop new innovative ways to resolve problems that Micro-Businesses face on a day to day basis. Mr. Deres also spoke about the importance of taxes, zoning and proper licensing for Micro-Businesses within the city of Hartford. Mr. Deres informed the students that he would be available to answer any question they may have during the semester since he will be volunteering at the Upper Albany Main Street office.

2013 Micro-Business Incubator’s 2nd Class

Today the Deputy Chief Emory Hightower, Jr. and Community Service  Officer (CSO), Anthony Rinaldi, both of the Hartford Police Department spoke with the students of the Micro-Business Incubator (MBI), University of Hartford, about the community and safety. The session was very informative and the students had plenty of questions for our distinguished friends of the Hartford PD.