Category Archives: Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Make Your Own Butter With Connecticut’s Churncraft

Have you ever thought about making your own butter? A family in Connecticut not only thinks about it, but they’re doing it. They’re manufacturing a new device that puts the old-fashioned back in your kitchen. It’s called Churncraft. They’ve only been in business since June. You turn the crank yourself and in 8-to-10 minutes you have fresh butter. Here are Read more…

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RIPE Craft and Bar Juices Made in Connecticut

New Haven is home to juice, RIPE craft and bar juice that is. The founder of the company, Michel Boissy, came on NYBERG to talk about how the company has grown from a self-squeezing operation in Wallingford, to in the last 6 years or so, employing about 120 people. What sets his product apart from other fresh Read more…

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Connecticut’s Cold Brew Coffee Company

How do you take your coffee…hot? cold? If you said cold, you’re in for a treat. Connecticut’s first cold brew coffee company, is called just that Cold Brew Coffee Company. This is the brainchild of Gary Riccini of Cheshire who started serving up his organic brand of caffeine in April of last year. He’s bottling his product in Meriden…soon, Read more…

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The New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist, Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly has been a staff cartoonist at The New Yorker Magazine since 1982. She tells stories thru her drawings, some political, some not. Donnelly, who married at UCONN graduate, and who herself has an honorary doctorate from UCONN, is also now the resident CBS News cartoonist where she captures images for the network. Recently, she began Read more…

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Vintage-Inspired Watches Inspired By A Purple Heart Recipient From World War II

For more than a year, Brian Dunnigan has been working in secret with his business partner on a business, and now he’s going public with it in December 2016. It’s called Hawthorne Watch Company. The UCONN grad’s late Grandfather, Bernard Brown, with whom he was very close, was a watchmaker. He’s the catalyst for the company. “Bernie” Read more…

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Coming 2017: The Elm City Party Bike

Starting this April 1st, 2017, you’ll be able to tour New Haven on a bike with a whole group of folks…all peddling together on the “Elm City Party Bike.” Two guys came together who grew up on the same street in New Haven, Colin Caplan and Christian Bruckhart, and because of their love for the city Read more…

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Documentary Filmmaker, Elena Rossini

Elena Rossini traveled from Paris, France to talk about an issue about which she is so passionate….body image and how marketing shows perfection when that is impossible to obtain. Rossini, a documentary filmmaker, spent about 7 years traveling the world to produce “The Illusionists.” The film is about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideas from around the Read more…

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Reimagined Flatware Called “Certine”

The life of an entrepreneur. Three friends from Maine decided to become innovators and started designing a better flatware. They were sick of the metal taste they got when they ate food off of stainless. Four months ago, they pooled their own money, and came out with a tough ceramic flatware. Their company is called “Certine.” The flatware Read more…

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Stepcraft, Inc. Spurs Businesses and Employment in Torrington

A start-up business in Torrington is spurring other businesses. Stepcraft, Incorporated literally dropped out of the sky for Erick Royer. He was doing something completely different, writing for a hobby magazine, when the German-originated machine company found him. Now he’s hired his 6 employees including his right hand man, Dan Immohr. The machine, of which there are five Read more…

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A 16-Year Old Connecticut Entrepreneur Dreams Up Noble Stitch Socks

What were you doing at age 16? Did you start a company? Andrew Epprecht of Madison, Connecticut did. It’s a men’s colorful sock company called Noble Stitch. He put his idea on Kickstarter and raised 15-thousand in one month. He built a web site, researched companies to manufacture them, and voila, he’s selling away online and in three Read more…

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