CSG Entrepreneurship Days: Connecticut

The Council of State Governments, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, hosted a discussion on April 1, 2014 in the Connecticut Capitol that featured experts, practitioners and national thought leaders exploring state-based solutions for increased entrepreneurship. Attendees learned about the latest research on the importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth and innovative policy strategies to encourage entrepreneurship. Meeting materials are available for download below.

  Download the session information flyer in PDF

  Download the agenda in PDF


Dane Stangler | Vice President of Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Dane Stangler is vice president of Research & Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In this capacity, Stangler leads the Research & Policy department and serves on the senior leadership team. He also provides research and writing on a variety of subjects, including entrepreneurship and cities. He initiated and manages the Kauffman Foundation Research Series on Firm Formation and Economic Growth, and contributes to the blog, Growthology. He also represents the Foundation by speaking at meetings and conferences around the country.

  Download Dane Stangler's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF

  Download the handout, "The Do's and Don'ts of Entpreneurship," in PDF

Jeff Chapman | Manager, Economic Development Tax Incentives Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jeff Chapman is manager of Pew's economic development tax incentives project, which helps states advance policies that make their incentives effective, accountable, and fiscally sound. Chapman oversees the project's work with state leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt policy solutions. He also manages 50-state studies that highlight proven approaches to tax incentive evaluation that other states can learn from. He is a frequent speaker on these issues and has testified before state legislative bodies as well as professional and academic associations.

  Download Jeff Chapman's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF

Claire Leonardi | Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Innovations

Claire manages CI’s full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which includes diverse lending programs, venture and equity investment funds, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. Claire is a veteran investment and venture capital executive with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

  Download Claire Leonardi's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF

Andrew Greenawalt | Founder & CEO, Continuity Control

Andy has been dubbed a “technology guru” for his innovative thinking and uncanny ability to simplify complex processes and build a vision of tomorrow - today. As the founder and CTO of Perimeter eSecurity, a role he held for 10 years, Andy invented security in the cloud and pioneered it as a service industry. His experience at Perimeter gave him insight to the compliance burden that community financial institutions face, and inspired him to develop a solution to solve this growing problem.

As the founder and CEO of Continuity Control, Andy has applied his passion for technology and constructed an award-winning solution to simplify the work of compliance. Andy is currently the President of Gnostic Ventures, a company that advises on security investments, speaks on SaaS and the creation of value, and invests in SaaS companies. He studied philosophy and linguistics at UMass Amherst and is an Entrepreneur Partner at CTech.

John Rathgeber | President, Connecticut Business and Industry Association

John R. Rathgeber is president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s leading business organization, with about 10,000 member companies. The association works to promote a healthy business climate, supporting economic growth and job creation in the Connecticut.

Kevin Lembo | Connecticut State Comptroller

Kevin Lembo was elected Connecticut’s State Comptroller in 2010 following 20 years of public service and advocacy. A native of Paterson, NJ, Lembo first came to public service as an independent advocate. Working with the private, public and non-profit sectors, Lembo helped design and implement an innovative long-term home care program in New York that successfully prevented premature and permanent admissions to nursing facilities. He was also program director for an AIDS education, prevention and primary care program before serving as Assistant Comptroller in Connecticut.

As State Comptroller, Lembo continues to lead the charge for more affordable and quality health care. While employers throughout the country have faced significant increases in per-person health-care expenses, Lembo has worked to unite stakeholders in both state government and in the corporate community to implement programs that emphasize preventative care - ultimately improving wellness and reducing immediate and long-term costs to the state.

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