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HARTFORD - The U.S. Small Business Administration Connecticut District Office held its Small Business Week Awards Breakfast last Friday, June 6th at Testo's Ristorante in Bridgeport, CT with over 200+ attendees present.  It proved to be an outstanding event as seven small business owners and two small business champions were honored and recognized for the critical economic role they play in our state.

After 25 years of working as a retail executive for the May Department Store, Macy’s, and G. Fox & Company, Beth Bolton decided it was time to launch a second career.  She had always dreamed about owning a bakery/coffee shop, but the truth was that her knowledge of the industry was limited and she needed to learn more about the full range of bakery products before undertaking such an endeavor. 

Could she do it?  Her impetus came from her children who supported and encouraged her to follow her dream so that later in her life she wouldn’t have to ask herself, “what if”? 

SBA Announces Annual Award Winners

Rose Bednarz-Luglio receives Woman in Business Champion Award

HARTFORD, CT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced Rose Bednarz-Luglio of Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT the 2013 Women in Business Champion for the State of Connecticut. 


Chris Runyan relocated to Stamford, Connecticut from Bentonville, Arkansas in 2009. He’d considered opening a GameXChange franchise in Arkansas before moving but discovered that there were no franchise territories available in Arkansas.  Chris pursued his passion for gaming and this particular franchise and prior to the relocation, researched job and business opportunities and discovered that while there were no GameXChange franchise opportunities in Arkansas where the franchise was founded, there were territories available in Connecticut.  

Susan Nolte has always been a very health conscious woman, one that is looking to make the world a healthier place, one cookie at a time.  In 2008 she founded the May Cookie Co., an effort that came out of a vision that consisted of creating a world of healthy people who eat well, live well and smile a lot. Her next question was can this be a viable business?


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