March 22, 2021 Duc Tinh

Winsted – The Entrepreneurial Center at Northwestern Connecticut Community College will offer local entrepreneurs an opportunity for an interactive panel discussion with experienced startup businesses on Monday, April 5, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m. Startup & Small Business Helpdesk will be a free online event open to the public, although registration is required.

Knowledge of market research, access to capital, investigating industry trends, as well as sizing up competitors, creating an ideal customer profile, and choosing the right research methods for your business venture, will be covered during the discussion.

Guest panelists will include: Hope Ross Gibaldi, founder of Learn In Motion and community engagement manager at Valley Venture Mentors; Heather Johnson, MBA, Co-Founder and COO of Gozynta, LLC; Antwaine Debnam, founder of TripeTote and co-founder at Capri Media Company; and Robert Torres, Managing Partner at 302 Interactive.

The event will be moderated by John Fiorello, NCCC adjunct business development instructor and startup mentor for early stage startups in the region serving both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs. Fiorello is also the founder of the startup company, which is geared to changing the way music and other content is delivered to fans. With a background in music, touring, production, and recording, Fiorello previously co-founded The John Samuel Group, L3C with his wife, Karie.

This event is sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Center and the Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation.

To register for this event, go to: For more information contact Laura McCarthy at