Tesla Model 3 shiny CleanTechnica EV Report 2017HARTFORD: Tesla is looking to a new legislative session in their effort to enable its “direct-to-consumer business model” and sell its electric cars in the state. According to a company release Tesla says it “remains eager to invest in new locations and employ workers that would address the consumer demand that exists for its electric vehicles and energy products.”

The company has cited an interest in opening as many as eight dealerships in Connecticut with an anticipated employment of 25 employees in each on.

Mark OBrienSOUTH WINDSOR: O’Brien Communications Group [OCG], a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm, signed Finys of Troy, MI, a provider of software and services to the property/casualty insurance industry, to a full-service engagement.

OCG will provide to Finys strategic consultation and planning for all of its brand-positioning and marketing efforts; all requisite creative and program-development activities; and all tactical program implementation and execution activities.

3bar transNEW HAVEN: Verb Energy, a New Haven–a manufacturer of “a healthy, caffeinated energy bar, took first place at CTNext’s first Entrepreneur Innovation Award (EIA) All-Stars event on Thursday, January 19, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

VE was awarded $30,000 for the first prize and an additional $5,000 for winning the crowd favorite selection.

Envirowerks and GestVision each received $15,000 grants for winning the second- and third-place awards at the event.