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.

women entrepreneurThe U.S. is home to more than 11.3 million female-owned businesses which employed around nine million people but according to a report by fitsmallbusiness.com  Connecticut has not been a hospitable home for female entrepreneurs. The small business website ranked Connecticut 48th among all US States for "desirability for female business owners."

The report says “ver the last nine years, the number of female generated over $1.9 trillion in 2016, -owned businesses has grown five times faster than the national average.”

milfordMILFORD: On January 31, The Milford Chamber of Commerce will hold its 63rd Annual Meeting and 2017 Awards of Distinction luncheon at 12:00 at Great River Golf Course in Milford, CT.

The Honorees are:

CHAMBER ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR, Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development

RISING STAR AWARD, Joseph Napoli, Napoli Motors

BEAUTIFICATION AWARD, James Maroney, Founder’s Walk