Author: Claire Hall


Alumnus’ Brainchild: Cannabis-Infused Beverage Company

Cans of Levia - Cannabis-infused seltzer
LEVIA, our April UConn Startup, is introducing cannabis -infused seltzer to the Massachusetts Dispensary market. (Photo Courtesy of LEVIA)

Alumnus Matt Melander ’09 is the President of LEVIA, a new cannabis-infused beverage company, based in Massachusetts. The company currently has three seltzers that are distributed at 38 dispensaries in Massachusetts, with roughly 40 more on the waiting list. Sales have been better than anticipated and the startup is growing quickly. Continue Reading


UConn Management Professors Among Most Prolific, Respected Researchers in Nation

Management faculty, including professor John Mathieu (above), are being recognized for their expertise and cutting edge research. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Management faculty, including professor John Mathieu (above), are being recognized for their expertise and cutting edge research. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

The management faculty at the School of Business are among the most prolific and highly regarded in the nation, according to the latest rankings.Continue Reading


Two Business Professors Lauded For Being Among the Best of the Best

(Peter Morenus / UConn)

Assistant professor of marketing Kelly Herd (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Assistant professor of marketing Kelly Herd (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Management Professor Nora Madjar (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business
Management Professor Nora Madjar (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

The UConn Chapter of the American Association of University Professors has recognized business professors Nora Madjar and Kelly Herd for teaching and innovation excellence. Continue Reading




Connecticut Small Business Development Center Has Been Integral in Pandemic Assistance

Left to Right: Jim Jackson, CTSBDC Business Advisor and Kelley and Derrik Kennedy, Sip Wine Bar (Contributed Photo)
Left to Right: Jim Jackson, CTSBDC Business Advisor and Kelley and Derrik Kennedy, Sip Wine Bar (Contributed Photo)

Today we celebrate the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) which, in the last year, has helped support more than 9,000 Connecticut small businesses through the pandemic.

“This past year has shown the resiliency of our small businesses,” said CTSBDC State Director Joe Ercolano. “Our advisers have worked with more than double the number of businesses compared to the previous year and supported them in ways that were totally new to us.”Continue Reading


UConn Business Professors Present Five, Free Mini-Courses to Showcase Graduate Classes

UConn School of Business faculty, like Professor Robert Bird (Pictured above) are presenting short courses to give prospective graduate students a taste of what a UConn education would be like. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

The UConn School of Business is offering five mini-courses to showcase the expertise of its faculty. Although the programs were designed for prospective graduate students, anyone is welcome to join the one-hour, online courses free of charge.Continue Reading



Professor Cohen: Despite Pandemic, Cumulative ‘Household Financial Distress’ Isn’t Particularly Bad

Asian senior couple stressed and serious counting with calculator and having money problem
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If you watch the evening news, with long lines at food banks and homes destroyed by weather-related disasters, you might think the vast majority of Americans are in a financial spiral.Continue Reading


Startup ‘BeRemote’ Masterminds Stronger Employee Bonds

BeRemote CEO Vivek Nigam
BeRemote CEO Vivek Nigam (contributed photo)

BeRemote’s mission is to transform remote, professional work teams by enhancing engagement using an AI-based social-interaction platform that helps employees build and strengthen bonds within their organization. “Be a team that loves being a team,” is part of the company’s philosophy.

CEO Vivek Nigam, who earned his MBA from UConn in 2003, has 30 years of experience in IT and data strategy roles. He sold his first tech startup to AOL in 2000. Below he explains the company’s approach to team-building and how he hopes it will help transform the workplace.Continue Reading