Small Business Showcase: The Connection » CBIA

Each month, we profile Connecticut’s small businesses, showcasing the ingenuity and innovation that drives the state’s economy. For December, we spoke with Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, president and CEO of Middletown-based Connection.

When was your company founded?


Who are your customers?

Anyone looking to grow and develop their workforce through professional development and business consulting and wants to support a local nonprofit while doing so.

What makes your company unique?

Connection is a Middletown-based human services organization that operates more than 40 programs around the state of Connecticut to help residents facing addiction, poverty, incarceration, homelessness and mental health challenges.

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The organization also runs the Institute for Innovative Practices, a social enterprise that provides professional development and essential skills training to employees and emerging leaders across the nonprofit and nonprofit sectors.

The Institute offers business consulting to help organizations achieve their mission by providing support for initiatives such as strategic planning, tactical projects, and large-scale change efforts.

Revenue raised from the Institute for Innovative Practice is used to fill gaps in funding for our programs.

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What is an interesting fact about your business or its history?

Our business has been opening restorations in Connecticut for over 50 years.

Why did you choose Connecticut?

Our organization grew out of a deep effort to support the Middletown community, where our main office is still located.

What is the biggest advantage of working in Connecticut?

Connecticut is a great place to work and live!

How do you try to give back to your community?

More than 40 of our community human service programs support communities across the state.

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Where do you see your company in five years? ten years?

Our goal is to grow our custom training and consulting business line to become a stand-alone company with a recognized mission to support connection programs and services.

What is the main thing that policy makers can implement to make your company more competitive?

Fund initiatives that support organizational health for all types of businesses.

Change the law to require nonprofits to conduct additional fundraising at the end of each fiscal year.


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