Welcome to the CT State Northwestern Entrepreneurial Center!

Serving entrepreneurs everywhere

(Especially in the Northwest Corner of CT)



Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30-8:30pm @ The Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury

Telling your business story is incredibly important, but it’s often the most difficult thing for a founder to do. Pitching your business idea concisely and clearly (in person & through a pitch deck) is a skill every entrepreneur needs to develop. In this small business seminar, you’ll learn how to tell your story in a compelling way, and you’ll learn how to build a pitch deck that demonstrates your understanding of your business challenges, competition, finances, and growth strategies without needing to be in the room!

This seminar will be taught by Rick Plaut, investor, educator, and mentor to startups and founders across New England. Most recently the co-founder and venture advisor for Launch413, Rick has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Smith College and taught at the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the Isenberg School of Management.



Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 5:00-7:00pm @ The White Hart, Salisbury

Join us for Northwest Startup Community Nights where mentors come together to help startups and small businesses solve their most pressing business problems! Network with the entrepreneurial community, help support community economic development, and make an impact by paying-forward the support you received from your mentors!

This event will take place on January 30th, 2024 from 5-7pm at The White Hart, 15 Under Mountain Rd, Salisbury CT 06068. Free beer, wine, and food will be provided. You’ll have time to network with other community members, listen to all the startups pitch their business, and then you’ll get a chance to meet with three of them in a small-group setting.

If you’re a startup or small business that would like to pitch and get great mentor help at a Northwest Startup Community Night, schedule a meeting with John at www.calendly.com/nwcc


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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