Hartford, one of the nation’s oldest cities, is a rich epicenter for history, culture, sports, the arts, and museums. Hartford is Connecticut’s largest inland city and serves as its capital. Hartford is also the fourth largest Connecticut city behind Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford. Nearby towns include Glastonbury, Manchester, New Britain, East Hartford, Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, West Hartford, Simsbury, and Farmington. Prior to being set up as a trading colony of the Netherlands in 1614, a number of American Indian tribes inhabited the area. Hockey has always been important to the area, and following the exit of the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack now calls Hartford home. Historically, Hartford has been home to a number of literary giants, including Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, who wrote their works while residing there.
The Hartford Courant is the nation’s oldest continually published newspaper and covers Hartford, West Hartford, Middletown, and Manchester, Connecticut.
Over the past decade, towns in Hartford, including West Hartford, Avon, and Simsbury, have become a thriving area of business, art, technology, e-commerce, law firms, and entertainment. East Hartford is home to numerous Connecticut-focused organizations and incubators serving start-ups, entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, software companies, and other technology businesses. CCAT (Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology) is located in East Hartford and is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2004 that serves as an innovative economic development center of excellence for the state, region, and nation. East Hartford is also home to Crossroads Venture Group, a voluntary organization comprised of business attorneys, technology professionals, and investment professionals committed to connecting venture capital, investment angels, and investment professionals with Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early-stage growth companies. The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) is also located in East Hartford. CTC is a Connecticut association of technology companies that provides leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building, and assistance for growing companies. Aeton Law Partners is a member of the Connecticut Technology Council and represents a number of its CT-based software, Internet, and technology businesses.
Hartford Connecticut is home to reSET (Social Enterprise Trust), a nonprofit organization created to help social enterprise and assist entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and early-stage companies to launch their businesses. reSET’s flagship program, the Social Enterprise Accelerator, is a multi-week program that provides entrepreneurs and start-up companies with an expert-led, peer learning group, including professional advisors, business attorneys (including a number of business lawyers from Aeton Law Partners), mentors, and successful business owners.
Located just 15 minutes south of Hartford, Connecticut in Rocky Hill is CT Innovations, the leading source of investment financing for Connecticut high-growth companies, entrepreneurs, and start-ups in the bioscience, information technology, financial technology, and medical device industry. In 2009 CT Innovations added a Small Business Innovation Team to focus on providing small business grants, resources, and partnership opportunities to small Connecticut-based business. In 2012, it merged with the Connecticut Development Authority, which is the state’s lender. CT Innovations also oversees CTNext, Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem that assists start-ups and entrepreneurs with the guidance, resources, and networks to help accelerate their growth. CTNext’s flagship program is the Entrepreneur Innovations Awards (EIA), which provides funding to Connecticut start-ups, entrepreneurs, and early-stage businesses for innovative project ideas. Aeton Law Partners represents a number of technology, e-commerce, and software businesses that have successfully received funding from CT Innovations and its CTNext program.
Attorneys at Aeton Law Partners litigate many cases for clients in the Hartford courts. In Hartford, there are a number of courthouses including the Supreme Court of Connecticut, located at 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, as well as the Connecticut Appellate Court, located at 75 Elm Street, Hartford, CT. A federal United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Richard Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building, is located at 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Clients from Glastonbury, Windsor, and other nearby towns litigate in a number of the state Superior and Probate Courts, which are also found in Hartford.
Hartford is not only Connecticut’s capital, but it is also known as the world’s capital for insurance companies. A sampling of the notable insurances companies includes Travelers, The Hartford, United Healthcare, Aetna, Hartford Steam Boiler, and The Phoenix Company, which provide many employment opportunities to the area. Aeton Law Partners works with a number of large and small companies in the insurance industry throughout the Hartford region and prides itself on its sophisticated yet efficient focus on insurance issues.
Hartford is also corporate headquarters to a number of businesses, including United Technologies, Northeast Utilities, and Sovereign Bank. Four hospitals, including Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, make the area a premier location for research, development, healthcare, and education.
Aeton Law Partners is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Hartford (exit 21 on I-91 south) and is located at 101 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 105 in Middletown, Connecticut. For more information about our firm or for directions, please call our Connecticut business lawyers at 860.785.2099.