Success Stories

Small Biz Success After Leaving the Military

Walt Medina and Associates was established in August 2003 and is owned and operated by Walt Medina, the company’s is guided by its creed, Building Companies, One Placement at a Time.

For over 20 years Walt Medina served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force he was trained to be a recruiter in the Medical field specializing in recruiting Doctors, Nurses, and other medical professionals looking to serve in the Air Force. Medina has  been acknowledged as one of the top recruiters in the United States Air Force as he went on to serve for over 20 years before retiring. After his retirement Medina went on to work for a personnel firm in Connecticut, where he was also honored as a top recruiting executive. After working for the Air Force and other personnel firms, he decided to start his own small business and he and a fellow Air Force recruiter established a company called Lighthouse Recruiting Group. As the company moved forward... Read More

Bakery on Main, Michael Smulders

Michael Smulders is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in his passion, music.  As a person who has had a life-long journey of being health conscious he grew up as a vegetarian.  With this he also learned early on that being a vegetarian was not enough as there are too many processed foods on store shelves that leaves little options to those looking for healthier alternatives.

In 2004 he created Bakery on Main where he could put his passion focus in action.  Bakery on Main is a Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food manufacturing company that began as a small natural foods market in Glastonbury, CT. With the success of Bakery on Main came Garden of Light, a much larger natural foods market in East Hartford, where they can now be a major producer of Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food bakery products.

Bakery on Main’s genesis began as a small natural foods market in Glastonbury, CT and is now a major producer of Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food bakery items, including... Read More

Fabiola Giguere came to this country in 1989 as an ambitious young woman who was determined to achieve the American Dream that she had so often heard about in her native country of Peru.  After arriving here, she quickly realized that although this was the land of opportunity that she’d have to work really hard to achieve her dreams.   Fabiola’s sales position at a jewelry store helped her orient herself to her new life in Connecticut and after several years here, she decided that she wanted to control her own destiny and organized a meeting with her family to propose creating a cleaning company.  

In 1992, the then 23 year old Fabiola became the sole proprietor of Limpiex Cleaning Services, a full service cleaning company which provides janitorial services, carpet cleaning, stripping and waxing of floors, upholstery cleaning, window washing, hospital disinfection, outside maintenance and pest control.  Although she had no prior experience in this industry, Fabiola’s hard... Read More

Max Kothari, President Express Kitchens

Express Kitchens is the source for all your cabinet needs. Their ability to supply cabinets that satisfy every taste, lifestyle, and budget makes the transition from old, outdated kitchens to a brand new one easy and affordable. In business since, 2002, Express Kitchens has grown to include six Connecticut showrooms and one Massachusetts location.

Hitesh, “Max” Kothari and partner Parag “Roger” Mehta are natives of Rajkot, India.   In 1989 Max purchased Star Hardware Store, a business which had operated at the location in Main Street since 1918.  The location is in the north end of Hartford, which is a section of the city with many majority residents and chronic unemployment.  At this time Max ran the store with four employees until 1999, when he received a $100,000 SBA 7(a) loan from Fleet National Bank to expand the hardware store’s inventory and hire four additional employees.

In the course of operating the hardware store, he perceived a need and a market for a... Read More