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Express Kitchen Chosen by Hartford Housing Authority to Provide 85 New Kitchens to Hartford’s Nelton Court Project

Express Kitchens, a Connecticut based kitchen cabinet and counter-top manufacturer, with seven locations across Connecticut and West Springfield, MA, and manufacturing facilities in Hartford and Wallingford CT announced that they were chosen by the Hartford Housing Authority to provide 85 new kitchens for the Hartford Nelton Court project. Express Kitchen’s commencement to assist in the improvement of Hartford’s inner city continues and is exemplified with Hartford Housing Authority Nelton Court project award.

The redevelopment proposal and improvements will include complete demolition of the existing 156 units which were constructed in 1942, and construction of 80 new units with a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom units to meet the demands of the Hartford Housing Authority’s resident population. In addition to the construction of the new units, the site infrastructure will be upgraded, new passive open space recreation, improved parking and the construction of a 4000 square foot community building to serve both residents and Housing Authority management operations.

SBA Seeks 2014 Award Nominations…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) needs your help. Every year the SBA recognizes outstanding business owners and champions in the Connecticut small business community. If you know a Connecticut small business that you believe should be recognized for its success, don’t wait! Nominate them today!


Small Business Person of the Year

Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneurial Success

Microenterprise of the Year

Small Business Exporter of the Year

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year

Home-Based Small Business of the Year

Financial Services Champion of the Year

To nominate, you may submit your nominations to Jessica Rivera via email at or you may fax it to (202) 481-4638. Questions call (860) 240-4654.

…SBA Delares This Week as Veterans Small Business Week

This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the kickoff of Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of SBA to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. Veterans Small Business Week will be held from November 4 to 11 and is part of SBA’s work throughout the year to make sure our nation’s veterans have the tools and capital they need to start or grow a business.

According to the U.S. Census, veterans are a significant part of the small business community. Nearly one in 10 small businesses is veteran-owned, and our nation’s 2.4 million veteran-owned small businesses employ almost 6 million people and generate more than $1 trillion in receipts. In the private sector, veterans are 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed.

SBA currently engages veterans through its 68 local SBA district offices, 15 Veterans Business Outreach Centers nationwide, its partnership with 63 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) with over 900 outreach locations, and 12,000 SCORE volunteers. Each year SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists. To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, please visit the website at

Applivate Launches ShugaTrakTM Smartphone App for Diabetes Management

Applivate, a New Haven-based startup company, recently launched its premiere product, ShugaTrak, a smartphone app for parents of children with diabetes. When a child with diabetes measures blood glucose, ShugaTrak gets the result and sends it to parents in text messages and emails instantly and effortlessly.

“ShugaTrak is perfect for parents of children with diabetes,” John Fitzpatrick, co-founder, CEO of Applivate, said. “These parents struggle daily against a deadly disease, and the stress is greatest when they are away from their children. ShugaTrak gives them peace of mind and lets them know that readings are being taken and they can reach out if blood glucose is too high or too low.”

Fitzpatrick’s inspiration for ShugaTrak was his wife, Sandra, who has type 1 diabetes. He presented his idea at New Haven’s first Startup Weekend in 2011 and collaborated with others to conceive ShugaTrak and win the competition. Since then, the ShugaTrak app and website have been developed and funding from state programs has been secured.

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