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Vote Gina Nisco

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Positive Next Steps



Gina M. Nisco



Owner, President and Founder



Two companies: 1.Positive Next Steps 2.College Plan Advisors


City/Town where Organization Located

New Milford


City/Town of Residence - this is for media placement

New Milford


Company/organization description (<500 characters)

1. My company Positive Next Steps, came about after I survived a near fatal car accident in 2013 which left me with serious injuries from a TBI, to not being able to walk/talk normal. It was through the many encounters of other injured people that I would see over the next 4 years at various specialist offices and hospitals, that my entrepreneurial wheels would start spinning again. All I saw was their pain and their negative thoughts and hearing again and again, "how can that girl smile or laugh when shes hurt"? And I realized then that life is about choices. You can choose to stay in a negative "doom and gloom" world or you can choose to be in a positive "grateful" world. I chose the latter and made it a point to teach others that. As I started to learn to walk without the help of people or a cane, I realized that every step I took was a Positive Next Step, and so the company was formed. From there, I wrote my first book titled "Positive Next Steps" in order to help as many people as I can and inspire change for them as well. Life is short as the saying goes, but there is so much we can do in the time we're here if we lead with kindness, compassion and empathy. That's my mission. So, I work with people from all walks of life (and not just those suffering from injuries) in order to be their personal development coach and mentor, as well as give presentations & workshops on various topics. I was given a second chance at life, and I want others to see that they do matter, that they can live a life that they only dream of, as long as they're willing to take action. Positive Next Steps will give you the tools to make things happen in your life before it's too late. Leave a legacy that you'll be proud of. I wake up everyday with an intent to serve others and make each day count. 2. College Plan Advisors is a company dedicated to helping students and their families with the college admissions process. I have been assisting students and their parents navigate the college admissions process for the past 15 years. As a leader in the field, I have helped many students and their families begin this new chapter in their life with as little stress as possible. I work with so many different students and I know that each & every person is a unique individual. There is no "one size fits all". I look forward to helping future graduates reach their academic hopes and dreams. College Plan Advisors understands that selecting a college, the application process, financial aid, and admissions can be a very time consuming, overwhelming, and exhausting period in your life. College Plan Advisors will provide you with all the guidance and expertise to make the college transition run smoothly. There are many steps to be taken in order to achieve the goal of earning a degree, but none of them are impossible.


Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…

Positive Next Steps and College Plan Advisors continues to grow very quickly both in person and on social media channels. I received the 2019 Gold Medal Winner of Excellence and also completed my Master's Level in Life Strategies Coaching, Results Coaching, and Certified Professional Speaker, and was asked to speak at a TedX talk. I did several speaking events in CT during 2019 as well as book signings for both of my published books. In the very near future, Positive Next Steps will begin to offer online courses, online monthly coaching, as well as starting a podcast. My goal as a thought leader is for people to see the value they have in this world and to make a difference as they move forward. We don't have to agree with what everyone says or does, but we can allow for our difference's. That is part of our growth both in the company and in this world. I will also have another book that will be coming out later in the year as well and more speaking events are planned.


What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus

Positive Next Steps is a Scalable Venture. College Plan Advisors is Main Street at the moment but 2020 will prove it to move further.


Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO



What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)

I have used the Makery Coworking in New Milford for workshops, presentations and book signings. I have also met with some CT bloggers, podcasters, area businesses, and several event venues throughout the state.


What people are saying about Gina Nisco ...

 Gina is a College Admissions Counselor, Certified Masters Life Coach, Author, and Certified Professional Speaker. She is the President and Founder of Positive Next Steps and College Plan Advisors and always goes out of her way to make sure that people in the community are living to their full potential. Gina works long hours with students to make sure they are getting the right advice for their education as well as helping them in their studies, so that they can live their dreams. She also has 2 books that are published and she won a gold medal award of excellence this past year for her book titled Get that Degree. She has helped myself and so many people in CT and she deserves to be recognized. As a side note, she was in a near fatal car accident 6 years ago and after being on bed rest for 4 years after not being able to walk, talk as well as many other issues, she has made an almost full recovery and then put her entrepreneurial expertise into existence. She would be an excellent choice for this award.  

Leo DeNault

 I can’t say enough good things about what an amazing entrepreneur Gina is. She had two companies that she founded. They are called Positive Next Steps and College Plan Advisors. She always helps people so they can have a great life. Gina has completely turned my life around as well as many of my friends. Her book is so good and her motivational messages that she posts everyday are a way of life for many of us. Please consider choosing her because she is one in a million. Her care and concern for all people in all walks of life is incredible. Gina is a true role model full of kindness and compassion, not to mention she is very smart. Her companies are helpful to so many people for so many reasons. A true inspiration.  

Marie Reda





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