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West Hartford Lock Co. LLC
Maria F. Brown
Chief Executive Officer
West Hartford Lock Co. LLC
City/Town where Organization Located
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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
Distributor of Architectural Wood Doors, Hollow Metal Doors and Frames, Architectural Hardware, Electronic Security and Bath Accessories. Locksmith & Electronic Access Control Installations and Repairs, Retail Operation serving Facilities and Building Owners and Developers as well as Interior Designers and Local residents.
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…
We hired 3 new employees - including an operations associate, a low voltage technician for access control and a Director of Business Development to facilitate ongoing growth - which increased our staff by over 20%. Developed and successfully entered into a new marketplace - the design and installation of access control systems for commercial and multi-family clients. We increased year over year revenue by 87%, continuing the ongoing growth trend since purchasing the company in 2016. Since purchase, our sales have increased 5 times over, we have doubled our service team and created all new brand standards. We began negotiations in 2019 on the purchase of a new building (Closed Jan, 2020) and will be moving Q2, 2020 to a 10,000 square foot newly renovated building, a 3-fold increase in size from our current operation.
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
We are a Scaling Company with over $1,000,000 in annual sales. As a local staple in the community we have both a local AND regional presence. Our significant growth has been an emphasis on the regional component, working throughout New England and 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)
We have taken advantage of many local and regional entrepreneurial-based programs to include: SCORE, Minority Construction Council, CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA), Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center - University of Hartford to name a few.
What people are saying about Maria Brown ...
Just under 4 years ago Maria along with her husband Eric bought West Hartford Lock and have since absolutely turned the 70 year old "mom F. Juri Kotowitz