By Eric LaRocca | Staff Writer

At 6 pm on Tuesday, April 19, three Western Connecticut State University alumni who have started successful small businesses in the Danbury area will share their stories of achievement in Room 218 of the on the university’s Westside classroom building.

The program, “The Entrepreneurial Arc,” is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship, Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at WCSU.

ERIC was recently established as a student club that links students with local business mentors. Dr. John Clark, President of Western Connecticut State University, has already expressed his satisfaction with the success of the program and hopes that the program continues to establish a strong bond between WCSU students, faculty, and members of the local business community.

The panel will feature, Nicole Turosky Smith, founder and CEO of GreenWell Financial; Maximillian Barry, founder, owner, and master personal trainer of Max’s Best Bootcamp; and Alicia Ghio, co-owner of RmediA LLC and founder of the blog “Local Food Rocks.”

One of the program’s speakers, Nicole Turosky Smith, launched a successful company that went on to become one of the few firms in Connecticut that established higher standards for “corporate accountability and transparency.” Smith recently stated in an interview with the Fairfield County Business Journal, “Today’s consumers are typically turned off by irresponsible and distasteful ways of treating employees and the environment, and prefer to support companies making efforts to be good corporate citizens.”

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Nicole Turosky Smith (photo cred: GreenWell Financial)

She went on to say, “The growth of socially responsible investing in recent years strongly suggests that the movement is becoming mainstream. More and more investors believe returns from these strategies are comparable to those of more conventional investments.”

The event is free and open to the public. Although no tickets are required, advance registration is requested at

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Pauline Assenza, at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.