During class, 11 students from the Micro Business Incubator Program (MBI) presented their step 2 progress presentations. These presentations serve to provide the Professor with an update on student progress. Step 3 presentations will take place on November 11, 2019, and business owners are encouraged to attend in support of their students.
Students continue to work with their businesses on a weekly basis. Last week (September 30, 2019), students presented their step 1 presentations which provide the Professor with an initial assessment of the student-business owner relationships. Students will work throughout the semester (10 remaining weeks), to accomplish their city-approved goal. Business owners are encouraged to attend class sessions if they are interested in learning about various business techniques and skills. Business owners may attend any or all of the following dates:
Chrysalis Center 10/7/2019 (speaking about nonprofit agencies within the Hartford community)
Small Business Association (SBA) 10/28/2019 (speaking about how Governments help new and growing businesses)
Gregory Woodward, President of the University of Hartford 11/18/219 (speaking about how the Micro Business Incubator Program is important to the University and community)
Final presentations 12/2/2019 & 12/9/2019 (please plan on attending your students final presentations – more information to follow)
On Monday, January 28, 2019, eight students from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business officially kicked off the Spring 2019 Micro Business Incubator (MBI) Small Business Practicum semester. Students met with their assigned business owners and discussed assigned projects for this semester. In addition, students enjoyed a presentation from Upper Albany Community Service Officer (CSO), Brian Ufferfilge regarding safety on the avenue. Upper Albany Main Street wishes all students success with this semester’s projects and goals.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Mayor Luke Bronin visited KureRx Pharmacy located at 1156 Albany Avenue. Connecticut State Representative Matt Ritter was also in attendance. Upper Albany Main Street wishes KureRx great success in their future endeavors.
On September 5, 2018, the University of Hartford and Upper Albany Main Street launched its fall 2018 Micro Business Incubator (MBI) semester. This semester, 15 students from the Barney School of Business will be paired with micro businesses within the Hartford community to assist with business plans, social media, websites, loyalty programs, point-of-sale, inventory barcoding, and more. The MBI class will meet every Monday from 10:50 am to 12:05 pm at the Handel Performing Arts Center Community Room.
The Micro Business Incubator was developed in 2002 as a joint venture between Upper Albany Main Street, the University of Hartford, and the Metro Hartford Alliance. Its purpose is to bring training, development, resources, and support to businesses throughout the Upper Albany neighborhood of Hartford. The program’s philosophy is to “give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
Businesses that are interested in participating in the Spring 2019 semester should contact the Upper Albany Main Street office at (860) 768-5747.
The MBI class is proud to present guest speaker, Dean Andrews, Bank of America’s Marketing Development Manager. Dean provided timely information on the services of Bank of America and community development financial institutions that are available to entrepreneurs in Connecticut. Upper Albany Main Street would like to thank Dean Andrews on his time and effort to further the Micro Business Incubator (MBI) class.
Sam Hamilton, Executive Director of HEDCO shared with the MBI students a wealth of information about the range of services they offer to help Connecticut small businesses and nonprofit organizations succeed. He further explained that HEDCO provided small business clientele with access to capital needs that would be otherwise unmet or underserved. He encouraged future entrepreneurs to transform an idea, a dream or a passion into a thriving business. We want to thank Sam Hamilton for taking time out of his day to present to today’s MBI class.
The MBI class kicked off with Lucie Daley, Account Manager from Complete Payroll Solutions (CPS). She informed the class that CPS offers a complete range of business solutions that effectively integrate payroll, employee benefits, and human resource management. She also explained that CPS handles any size business solutions to help with every aspect of managing a business and employees on a daily basis. Many students asked questions about how payroll services can assist the business owners on Albany Avenue.
Upper Albany Main Street welcomes Milbar Laboratories to the Handel Preforming Arts Center as part of their Micro Business Incubator class. Milbar Laboratories, the sole private manufacturer of Evay Skin Care products, spoke with the class on April 17, 2014 where the students were able to gain knowledge on the internal processed of having your own brand. Gus Bezas, President of Milbar’s Global Strategic Development Division, touched on important areas such as FDA product testing, packaging the product, testing the formula, and risk management within your own brand.
Milbar Laboratories embraces innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to drive their imaginative process; the result being an advanced science in skin care formulations that they continue to produce for companies ranging from startups to multi-billion dollar global companies. Milbar produces products for Gap & Ulta.
The entire Upper Albany Main Street team and all of the MBI students from the University of Hartford would like to sincerely thank Milbar Laboratories as well as Vivian Akuoko, owner of Evay Cosmetics for devoting time to the success of the Micro Business Incubator program.