Hartford Business Journal

September 7, 2015

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G R E AT E R H A R T F O R D ' S B U S I N E S S N E W S w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m For more B2B news visit SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 Volume 23, Number 41 $3.00 Subscribe online Be part of the 2015 Business Gives Back Visit HartfordBusiness.com and click 'Special Editions' for more information. Publishing NOV. 24 Index ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 10 ■ Town Profile: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Restoring the American Dream A nonprofit Bloomfield thrift shop is using revenues generated by the sale of gently used goods to help moderate-income families buy a home. PG. 3 Investor Delight Find out which Connecticut company's stock price is outperforming the rest. PG. 5 Deal Watch Family-run Nest Egg Auctions has relocated from Meriden into larger, more centralized quarters. Find out which Greater Hartford town the auction house now calls home. PG. 10 Legal woes ensnarl Bloomfield cryptocurrency operator By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com L egal troubles are mounting for a Connecticut crypto- currency startup that aban- doned its Bloomfield headquarters earlier this year amid accusations that it bilked customers. GAW Miners has not filed for bankruptcy, but it appears all but defunct. Its main website is down and Paybase, its online exchange that allowed customers to buy and sell GAW's digital currency, Paycoin, shut down in April. The company has also vacated its leased headquarters on East Dudley Town Road, the Hartford Business Journal has confirmed. GAW's woes underscore the latest troubles involving cryp- tocurrency, which is essentially digital money that is traded online by speculators and others without oversight of a central CT Green Bank model copied across nation, globe By Brad Kane bkane@HartfordBusiness.com B y the end of this fiscal year, the Con- necticut Green Bank expects to attract $500 million in private investment for clean energy projects, doubling last year's total and matching the amount of private cap- ital injected into Connecticut's clean energy economy over the last 10 years. "Our board wants us to hit very bold targets," said Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of the Green Bank. "We are confident we can achieve them. We are in a very rapid growth market." What started off as a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind concept four years ago, the Connecticut Green Bank has grown into a national and international model for the next GAW Miners vacated its Bloomfield headquarters (shown above) on East Dudley Town Road. Continued on page 13 P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D P H O T O | H B J F I L E P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D Continued on page 14 Bryan Garcia first became president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2011, when the organization formed. Simsbury's bucolic nature has made the town a residential real estate hotbed. Find out how the town leverages assets like the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge (shown right) to attract residents. PG: 8 FOCUS:

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