Thank you for your help! A win would be a nice boost in New Milford's sails to demonstrate to the rest of the state that we have entrepreneurial activity that's contributing to the startup ecosystem.
In case you missed it, below is the press release we issued that highlights all the wonderful New Milford nominees. We invite you to support them as well, which you can do at www.ctentrepreneurawards.com/vote
New Milford Business Leaders Vie for Entrepreneur Awards
A group of New Milford businesses and entrepreneurial residents were nominated for the second-annual Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards. The award program was established last year by a group of local entrepreneurs seeking to recognize and celebrate the success of those working hard to grow the state's startup ecosystem.
Eight New Milford residents were nominated in six categories. Tony Vengrove, who helped launch the awards in 2017,
is nominated in two categories: Best Place, for his Makery Coworking business on Bank Street, and Community Builder, for his collaborative efforts throughout the region.
"While I am thrilled to be nominated, I am even more excited about the robust group of entrepreneurs representing New Milford," said Vengrove. "Our mission at Makery Coworking is to invite more entrepreneurial activity to town and this is just one sign that we're headed in the right direction."
One of Makery Coworking's tenants, CareerPath Mobile, was nominated in the Best Venture category. The business provides digital career-planning solutions to universities and was co-founded by Rich Portelance and Ben Grinnell. The company won reSET's social enterprise accelerator pitch contest in 2017.
New Milford small-business stalwart, Goatboy Soaps was also nominated in the Venture category along with Create a Castle, a new startup that empowers kids of all ages, as well as adults, to build elaborative sand castles using a patented system of molds and tools. "We knew we were on to something when testing our prototypes on beaches last summer," said Create a Castle owner, Kevin Lane. "We have come a long way in just one year and this nomination is an amazing boost for our business."
Jessica Reis, owner of Reis Learning Center, won awards at last year's inaugural event and is nominated this year in four categories: Education, Entrepreneur, Community Builder and Venture. "Being recognized by the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards was a huge highlight for me last year," said Reis. "I am truly humbled that the community feels the educational work we provide for kids is worthy of recognition once again."
Bridget Schrenkel, owner of My Scholarship Key, is thrilled to be nominated in the Education category. "When I decided to transform all my learning from finding scholarships for my children into a business, I was just trying to help others navigate the financial aid process in a more efficient way," said Schrenkel. "I didn't venture out to win awards necessarily, but the nomination is a wonderful gesture and signal that we're providing a much needed service."
The arts are an imporant contributer to Litchfield County's economy. Lacee Yurtoglu, who serves on New Milford's Economic Development Committee, is best known for fostering art and creativity in town, most notably as the lead organizer for the New Milford Art Walk. For her passion and accomplishments in this field, she was nominated in the Economic Development category.
Voting is now open at http://ctentrepreneurawards.com/Vote. All are welcome to cast votes for their favorite entrepreneurs and ventures. The voting closes on March 30. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 20 in New Haven.