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Featured Story: ConnCAT Celebrates 10 Years, Looks to The Future

By Lucy Gellman, Arts Council Greater New Haven   Proud mom Kim Johnson and Dior “Mr. ConnCAT” Hobson. Lucy Gellman Photos.   Dior Hobson walked into the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT) as a baby-faced fifth grader, looking for a place to grow his artistic skills. He walked out with a family. Hobson—or “Mr. …

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Featured Story: Meet Crystal Williams, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) New President!

Meet Crystal Williams, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) New President! A teacher, leader, advocate and poet… Crystal Williams believes that education, art and design, and commitments to equity and justice are essential to transforming our society. Williams has more than two decades of higher education experience. During that time, she has been an institutional …

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New Haven Promise – Provides “The National Blueprint” for College Education & Career

New Haven Promise is a first-of-its-kind scholarship program in Connecticut. Promise is a location-based program that provides scholarships up to 100% tuition for residents and graduates of New Haven Public Schools and approved charter schools. A key to New Haven’s future, Promise is revitalizing the City of New Haven through increased educational attainment, increasing home …

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Professional Basketball comes to Connecticut!

Professional Basketball comes to Connecticut!  Welcome:  “The Connecticut Cobras” Beginning next spring, Connecticut residents won’t need to travel for professional basketball games, with a professional men’s basketball team set to call the state its home for the first time in over two decades.   The Connecticut Cobras will be a part of “The Basketball League (TBL), …

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A Powerful Example of “Silent, Yet Effective” Protest on Social Injustice!

Submitted by Samantha Williams Senior Contributing Writer The continued practice of criminalizing Black bodies by law enforcement and non-Black vigilantes has sparked numerous global protests. Black people are beyond tired, upset, and frustrated, and our allies have joined forces to demand the justice, equity, and freedoms we have yet to receive. In June 2020, recent …

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Why PPP Fails Very Small Businesses

Fred McKinney, Ph.D. Carlton Highsmith Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director, People’s United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Quinnipiac University The recently passed Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $349 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses who use the funds to pay payroll costs, utilities, rents, benefits and some lease payments. …

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Cassandra Tucker Brodie Talks Entrepreneurship, Camarbre Makeup Launch, and Mentorship

Cassandra Tucker Brodie Talks Entrepreneurship, Camarbre Makeup Launch, and Mentorship

Fashion designer Cassandra Tucker Brodie believes that “the ability to keep trying after many failures is one of the most important traits of a successful entrepreneur.” Cassandra was introduced to fashion and entrepreneurship at the age of six when her mother opened a fabric shop in the small town of Uniontown, AL. Through her mother’s …

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