About Us

our mission

Our mission is to stimulate the economy, create jobs and raise incomes through immigrant enterprise. We remove cultural, financial and knowledge barriers to business venture liftoff, growth and success.

We are a non-profit organization that works with immigrants, refugees and other minorities to fulfill their business ambition.  We believe that for immigrants and refugees with skills, drive and an ability to sell a desired product or service, business formation may enable the individual to rise higher and be a stronger provider than working for others.

While there are costs involved in launching a business, we do not charge for our support services.  We have been recognized in the U.S. Guide to Immigrant Economic Development as a model program. 

Founded in 2013, we have a staff of 4 professionals and a board of directors.  Our office is sited at 151 New Park Avenue, Suite 5A, Hartford, CT.

Angry Papa's Fresh Foods

Located at 465 Franklin Ave., they sell produce, ingredients and spices for South Central Asian and Southeast Asian cooking. International Hartford enabled these Burmese entrepreneurs to get city permits to open.

Dental America

A bilingual dental practice serving the under-insured at 188 Park St. International Hartford counseled them on how to meet city building requirements.

Shev’s Quality Wear

A men’s formal wear store, located at 1659 Park St. and owned by an Indian immigrant. International Hartford arranged for a city grant to update the store and expand inventory.

businesses that we've helped

Yolanda’s Products

A Latino condiment factory manufacturing and distributing sofrito, sited at 96 Brown St. International Hartford helped them write their business plan and secure a state loan and grant

Williams Realty & Professional Services

A realty and real estate management office operated by a North Hartford West Indian couple. International Hartford helped write their business plan and brokered a startup loan.

My Sensor Cane

A Puerto Rican inventor uses the latest digital technology to give the visually impaired new tools for way-finding and safe ambulation. International Hartford arranged for MakeHartford on Arbor St. to produce a prototype.

businesses that we've helped

Yolanda’s Products

A Latino condiment factory manufacturing and distributing sofrito, sited at 96 Brown St. International Hartford helped them write their business plan and secure a state loan and grant

Williams Realty & Professional Services

A realty and real estate management office operated by a North Hartford West Indian couple. International Hartford helped write their business plan and brokered a startup loan.

My Sensor Cane

A Puerto Rican inventor uses the latest digital technology to give the visually impaired new tools for way-finding and safe ambulation. International Hartford arranged for MakeHartford on Arbor St. to produce a prototype.

Angry Papa's Fresh Foods

Located at 465 Franklin Ave., they sell produce, ingredients and spices for South Central Asian and Southeast Asian cooking. International Hartford enabled these Burmese entrepreneurs to get city permits to open.

Dental America

A bilingual dental practice serving the under-insured at 188 Park St. International Hartford counseled them on how to meet city building requirements.

Shev’s Quality Wear

A men’s formal wear store, located at 1659 Park St. and owned by an Indian immigrant. International Hartford arranged for a city grant to update the store and expand inventory.

More businesses we've helped

meet the team!

Art Feltman

Executive Director

Art, a retired lawyer who operated his own business for twenty years, is both the administrator and a business counselor at International Hartford. He holds a JD and a certificate in non-profit administration from University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Erigels Kroi

Business Navigator

Erigels, an immigrant from Albania, is a case manager with four years’ experience helping International Hartford clients open businesses. He has a B.A. in business from Central Connecticut State University and is enrolled in their MBA program. He is fluent in four languages.

Ramon L. Rivera

Outreach Manager

Ray was born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He emigrated along with his family to the mainland in the mid 80's. Today, he enjoys helping those arriving from other nations.

as well as ...

Ricardo Feliciano

Manager of One World Market

Ricardo has four years’ experience owning and operating his own business, Yolanda’s Products, a sofrito manufacturer. He is experienced in musical production and sound engineering.

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