reSET, Social Enterprise Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford the Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state.

reSET serves all entrepreneurs, but specializes in social enterprise impact driven business with a double and sometimes triple bottom line. In addition to providing co-working space and accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.

History

reSET was founded in 2007 by Kate Emery to transition her company, The Walker Group, into a social enterprise. reSET then turned its attention to developing the social entrepreneurship sector in Connecticut. In 2010, reSET hosted its first Beyond Business as Usual conference, bringing together more than 200 people for a lively conversation about changing our expectations of business and how to add a social purpose to the bottom line. Committed volunteers went on to develop reSET’s initial strategic priorities: introducing the benefit corporation, a new type of business organization in Connecticut for social entrepreneurs; education and business development services to support emerging and scaling entrepreneurs; and better access to financing and investment.

reSET Staff

  • Emily Reisner Impact Strategist reSET

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  • Sami Jensen Marketing & Communications Consultant reSET

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reSET Board of Directors See all

  • Charley Herbert Director of Sales and Marketing Bradley, Foster & Sargent, Inc.

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  • David Fearon Professor of Management and Organization CCSU

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  • Michael Brooder Hartford Office Managing Partner Marcum LLP

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  • Laura Dinan Haber Director of Investor Events, Organizer & Co-Owner MetroHartford Alliance, TEDxHartford & Reclaimed Engraving

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reSET Advisory Council See all

  • Tim Elwell President and CEO Qualidigm

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  • Robert Egger President and Founder L.A. Kitchen, D.C. Kitchens, Campus Kitchens

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  • Judy Greiman Chief Deputy to the President Stony Brook University

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  • Mally Cox-Chapman Principal Benefactory Philanthropic Advisors, LLC

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  • Lizabeth Zlatkus President LHZ Insights

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  • Catherine Smith Commissioner Department of Economic and Community Development, State of CT

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