On November 1, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the UConn School of Business addressed a business delegation from China. The delegation, representing 22 of the country’s largest industry sectors, learned about the approaches and services used by CTSBDC to assist the state’s small businesses, as well as the educational programs and resources offered by the business school. Graduate student and former VERGE consultant Guanwei Tao and CTSBDC business advisor Joe Williams were also part of the conversation which took place at the New Haven Chamber of Commerce.
John Malfettone ’77, senior managing director and chief compliance officer at Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, spoke to 100 students and alumni about “Corporate Compliance as a Competitive Advantage.” Continue Reading
iSixSigma – The Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt and Black Belt curriculum needs an overhaul. The original operational excellence (OpEx) Lean Six Sigma methodology developed by Motorola in the 1980s and made famous by Jack Welch at General Electric (GE) in the early 1990s is finding itself a bit long in the tooth in comparison to the digital transformation activity going on around it. Practitioners of Lean Six Sigma who learned their craft more than 10 years ago need on-the-job training or CE (continuing education) classes to remain valuable to their client companies. The digital transformation has overtaken this quaint methodology, and unless continuous improvement teams embrace the new paradigm, their ability to affect the world will get smaller and smaller.
Hartford Courant – A whirlwind week for Aetna Inc. — shedding its disability and life insurance business and, three days later, reports of a buyout offer from CVS Health Corp. — point to a new future for the 160-year-old Hartford health insurer.
“Marketing in the Digitalized Marketplace” was the theme of the marketing department‘s 7th VOYA Global Colloquium. The Oct. 20 event gathered marketing researchers from across the country to discuss research in the growing areas of user-generated content, social networks, new media, and digital analytics. Continue Reading
UConn Net Impact Graduate Chapter – On October 13th, 2017, UConn’s Graduate Net Impact Chapter hosted a volunteer day for Riverfront Recapture, a non-profit organization that manages downtown Hartford’s riverfront park system.
UConn Human Rights Conference Gathers Experts to Address Ways to Watch Over Garment Workers
The new shirt that you are wearing is impeccably tailored and bears a prominent designer label, so it must be responsibly sourced.
Right? Continue Reading
Stamford Advocate -The downtown and South End of Stamford or downtown Hartford and East Hartford would house offices for Amazon’s planned second headquarters, according to the state’s proposal submitted Thursday to the e-commerce giant.
In the first phase of a build-out that could eventually cover 8 million square feet, Amazon would occupy in Stamford some 1.3 million square feet in vacant complexes at 677 Washington Blvd., 1 Elmcroft Road and 2187 Atlantic St. Hartford is offering 560,000 square feet in two downtown towers on the Connecticut River for the initial stage. In the second and third phases, Amazon would then expand to other downtown and South End sites in Stamford or additional riverfront properties in Hartford and East Hartford.
“I Needed My Life Back”
On her final day working at a large corporation, Belinda Pruyne walked in singing, “oh happy day.” After all, Pruyne had chosen to leave corporate America to start her own business. Continue Reading