Meriden workshop aims to connect entrepreneurs with lenders, property owners

MERIDEN — Prospective entrepreneurs are invited to a workshop later this month on opportunities in downtown Meriden.

”Our downtown business center is open and trying to reach out to entrepreneurs and start-ups and business owners that might be interested in some of our new space downtown,” said city Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski. “It’s a chance to highlight some of the available spaces, show off the Silver City Ballroom and new train station and have an engaging conversation with new business owners about everything that’s going on in downtown Meriden.”

The event, “The Intersection of Entrepreneurship & Downtown Districts,” will take place June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Silver City Ballroom, 16 Colony St. The free workshop, sponsored by Making Meriden Business Center, is open to the public. 

The program features a moderated discussion with local business owners Eric Francis of Trifecta Ecosystems, Evan Dobos of CivicLift and Star Childs of Citiesense. Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner David Kooris will moderate the talk.

Kooris said downtown Meriden is at “a real tipping-point moment” thanks to projects such as the Meriden Green, the new train station and large-scale housing developments.

”We believe strongly at the state level, and I know the folks do at the local level, that (Meriden) is really on the cusp of a lot of great investment and activities, so the time is right to begin to foster those connections with entrepreneurs or folks looking to grow or create new businesses and see why Meriden and places like Meriden are really the best place to do that,” Kooris said.

Following the panel discussion, participants will have the chance to do a “speed dating-style” meet and greet with downtown property owners, bankers and business coaches. The program will conclude with a walking tour of the downtown followed by snacks and cocktails.

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