Thank you to our generous sponsors that make this awards program possible.

Silver Level Sponsors

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Sponsoring the CT Entrepreneur Awards helps us recognize the efforts of entrepreneurs and organizations that service entrepreneurs in our state. If you’re interested in sponsoring please contact Mike Roer at Roer@EntrepreneurshipFoundation.org to be added to our contact list.



The Entrepreneurial Foundation​

Silver Level Sponsor

The purpose of the Consortium of Entrepreneurship Educators is to foster communication among Entrepreneurship educators. Members meet to discuss recruitment, best practices, and current challenges. The CCEE also monitors the state Business Plan Competition for college students.


Silver Level Sponsor

ImageWorks, LLC is a privately held, State of Connecticut Woman Owned Enterprise digital development firm based in Vernon, Connecticut. ImageWorks, LLC designs and implements cross-platform business workflow solutions that solve critical business problems and improve productivity for our clients. We help our clients by providing customized, single source, Web site design and hosting services in harmony with the focus and operation of their business to maximize ROI.

Keating Insurance

Silver Level Sponsor

Old Fashion Value with Modern Day Service. The third-generation family-run business lives up to its “People First” adage through relationship building, community involvement, and giving back to local organizations. The Keating Agency understands everyone has different needs when it comes to their insurance experience and their mission statement “Our value is not in what we sell, but how and why we recommend it” is an understanding that every customer interaction should focus on Ease, Choice and Advice when it comes to dealing with insurance.

The Keating Agency works with personal and commercial clients, from startups to multi-million dollar revenues, on insurance products and risk management from homeowners, auto, umbrella liability, to cyber, workers compensation, business owners, directors and officers, commercial auto, among other products.

Murtha Cullina

Silver Level Sponsor

What sets Murtha apart? Is it over 100 attorneys who understand your legal and business needs and how to address those needs? The fact that we are the go-to firm that knows your industry? Or that we respond with excellent service, high-quality legal work and cost-effective results? It's all that - but at Murtha, it's more.

Valuation & Transition Strategies LLC

Silver Level Sponsor

I am Ed Pratesi, the Managing Director of Valuation & Transition Strategies, LLC. I help business owners and their advisors achieve a stress-free process to learn the value of their business, how to increase its value and the development & execution of a transition strategy or strategies. As an advisor to business owners for over 35 years, I have experienced many business transitions, including my own over four years ago. I have successfully valued hundreds of businesses. My goal is to provide you with actionable information about the value of your business, how to increase and preserve its value and finally how to create a transition plan that captures its value.

Community Economic Development Fund

Silver Level Sponsor

The Community Economic Development Fund or CEDF is a mission-driven, nonprofit, Connecticut economic development organization. We provide business loans in disadvantaged communities defined by the state. In other Connecticut municipalities we lend to business borrowers with household incomes below the state median. We offer Connecticut businesses customized financial solutions and pride ourselves in providing small business loan prospects with an open-minded, big picture review of their applications unhindered by arbitrary cut-offs for credit score, time in operation or amount of collateral. Our goal is to help structure the most flexible, individualized funding possible.

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