New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
A strategy of The Community Foundation Mission Investments Company

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New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Introducing Connecticut DECD Small Business Grant Award 

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) awarded $7.2 million to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven on October 24, 2022 in support of work to make the small business landscape more equitable. The grant is part of a $46.6 million statewide initiative to help underserved entrepreneurs and businesses owners.

About NHE3

NHE3 is facilitating the growth of entrepreneurial pathways to economic independence and generational wealth.

New Haven is at an important inflection point; by boosting entrepreneurship and small business growth within under-connected communities, the community has the potential to undo structural inequities and remove the barriers to job creation.

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Arthur W. Thomas III

Mr. Thomas is the Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Inclusive Economic Opportunity for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. This role provides a platform for advancing cross-sector leadership collaboratives that create strategies for increasing equity and empowerment

Joseph W. Williams Jr.

As Director of NHE3 (New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem) Operations, Joseph “Joe” Williams focuses on building, leading and coordinating the day-to-day activities related to the establishment of an inclusive, integrated and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Haven.