Lindy Lee Gold

Company: State of CT Department of Economic and Community Development

Location: statewide

Company/organization description

The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture. Specifically, the department: Supports existing businesses and attracts new businesses and jobs with a wide range of programs and servic

How are you engaged/involved in supporting/advocating for the CT entrepreneur ecosystem?

This year has been especially challenging for the entrepreneurial community. I have been directly involved in the CARES Grant program, Bridge Loans, special loan funds for women and minority owned small businesses to insure that they are supported. I have also engaged private and public investment to enable business growth and to continue development. I have also been "of counsel" to a wide array of service, scientific, manufacturing and other entrepreneurial businesses and collaboratives.

What improved in the CT entrepreneur ecosystem due to your involvement/advocacy in 2020?

I facilitated resilience and pivots for many of the state's businesses. I personally partnered with the City of New Haven and the CFGNH to establish a segregated loan fund for women and minority owned businesses in the 20 town area served by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.

Nominator Justification

I have never met a business professional who genuinely cares more about people and businesses. Lindy fights for businesses as if her personal life depended on it. She makes you feel as if you are her only client in the world and will do whatever it takes to make things happen. She puts her personal name and word behind everything she does, and not only keeps her promises but over-delivers. To say she is impactful is an understatement. She is a wonderfully powerful force that has been a blessing.

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