Welcome to the CT State Northwestern Entrepreneurial Center!

Serving entrepreneurs everywhere

(Especially in the Northwest Corner of CT)



SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR – Business Model Canvas
Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-8:30pm @ The Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, Torrington

Every early-stage startup founder needs to understand what problem they’re solving, who they’re solving it for, and how to reach the right customers and generate revenue. They also need to understand their key partners, resources, and activities so they can have a solid understanding of their costs. But for startups, the traditional 50-page business plan is often too slow & too bulky to move at the rapid pace of modern company development. The Business Model Canvas is a way to quickly identify key ideas and then make changes before you waste valuable time and money building the wrong business.

This important framework will be taught by John Schnyder, startup mentor, member of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Entrepreneurs Forum, and Director of Business Development at Organization Ink, Inc.


Date: First Wednesday of the month, 5-7pm @ Salt 2.0, Torrington

Come hang out with entrepreneurs, startup founders, innovators, builders, creatives, and makers as we enjoy some libations, network, and chat about what we’re building. Informal and relaxed, sponsored by Salt 2.0 at 84 Main Street, Torrington (to the left of the Warner Theater).

Northwest Startup Happy Hour is the first Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm. Click here for details.



STARTUP HELPDESK – Virtual Entrepreneurial Roundtable
Date: Every Thursday from 4-5pm via WebEx

If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a good chance that you spend a lot of time working by yourself. You can get into your own head, and you can find yourself stuck without a good team around you. The Startup Helpdesk is a way to regularly participate in mentoring and roundtable discussion with other entrepreneurs that are fighting the good fight along with you! Get support from our Entrepreneurial Center Director, John Fiorello, and get insight and accountability from your peers. This event is ad hock, come when you can or when you need to, and don’t feel guilty if you need to skip a week.

This event is virtual, open to anyone (anywhere in the world), and works off the Business Model Canvas framework.


The NCCC Entrepreneurial Center’s Vision & Goals

  • Vision: To serve as a central hub for entrepreneurship in our community, working to empower anyone with a desire to create, from startups focused on global benevolent world domination to micro-companies serving the local community.
  • Mission: To provide training, resources, space, and support for creators looking to build businesses, giving them the tools they need to execute from inception to completion. We will accomplish our mission with intentionality, working with national, state, and community partners who champion economic development, community engagement, and healthy competition.
  • Simplified: Develop vibrant and connected communities of entrepreneurs in Northwest CT.


John Fiorello – 860.738.6444
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