"I would tell any prospective small business owner that making a trip to HEDCO should be your first step when getting started. They provide a great advantage and a lot of assistance. They’re an organization that is sincerely interested in your vision and want to help you achieve. They’ll make sure that you have things in order. It’s an easy straight- forward process with no drama."

                                                                                                                                                                              Eugene Thomas

                                                                                                                                                                              Supreme Clientele Barbershop

“Working with them has been wonderful,” she says. “The process is so simple. Once you sit down and they understand you, the process is pretty painless. They’re very receptive and responsive.”

                                                                                                                                                                              McKinley Albert

                                                                                                                                                                              Camp Courant

“I started out not wanting help, I wanted to be self-sufficient. I didn’t have peers to ask about starting a business, and I needed a network. HEDCO taught me how to borrow, to get help, build a business and establish credit. I’m always thinking about how I can improve. I don’t think I’d be standing if HEDCO didn’t believe in us. I never had to explain when I needed a check. I never felt humiliated that I needed help.”

                                                                                                                                                                              Sasa Harriott

                                                                                                                                                                              Harriott Home Health Services

“At Travelers we see the work of the HEDCO’s Business Resource Center as the economic engine working to better the environment for Hartford’s entrepreneurs. They are empowering these entrepreneurs and connecting them with the resources they need to build long-term, sustainable economic development that creates and retains wealth right here in Hartford, and provides employment opportunities within the community.”

                                                                                                                                           Erin Haberman

                                                                                                                                                                              The Travelers Companies, Inc.