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September 28, 2015 — Education Special Focus

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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 28, 2015 Volume 23, Number 44 $3.00 Subscribe online Reinvented and reinvigorated. Book of Lists 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Reserve Your Space Today! Ad Space Closing: 11/30/15 Release Date: 12/28/15 CONTINUING and GRADUATE EDUCATION For Professionals and Executives Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The Lists: PGS. 14, 18 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 20 ■ Movers and Shakers: PG. 24 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 25 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 28 EXECUTIVE PROFILE Brand Building Henkel North America owns some of the best consumer brands in America including Loctite, Dial, Purex and Right Guard, but few know the company itself or the fact that it's based in Rocky Hill. It's the job of Jerry Perkins, president of Henkel North America, to fix that. PG. 5 Capital Lifeline The $2 million in federal money recently handed to an obscure but vital community lending nonprofit couldn't have come at a better time. Find out how the funds will help the Hartford Community Loan Fund expand its mission PG. 3 I n today's competitive business world, the need to build and expand job competencies and professional know-how has never been greater. This week Hartford Business Journal fea- tures a special focus on continuing and graduate education. We explore the trends impacting higher education, skill sets and degrees that are highly in-demand by employers, the evolving curriculums of local MBA programs, and the impact higher educa- tion is having on Hart- ford's redevelopment efforts. PG. 9 EXPANDED FOCUS Business lobby plots more aggressive stance with lawmakers By Brad Kane bkane@HartfordBusiness.com C entral Connecticut chambers of com- merce and trade associations are band- ing together to take a more aggressive and proactive stance during the upcoming 2016 legislative session, hoping to lay the ground- work to create a more business-friendly state. At the behest of the Connecticut Busi- ness & Industry Association, area chambers and trade associations representing various key industries — health care, energy, retail, among others — met Sept. 21 to discuss their goals for next year's legislative session, mark- ing the first time in nearly a decade various pro-business lobbying groups gathered in advance of a General Assembly session. Their meeting was not open to the media, but various attendees say their mission is to increase the state's overall economic competitiveness by preventing lawmakers from adopting detrimen- tal tax and regulatory changes, urging updates to the state's fiscal structure through changes Continued on page 22 Timothy Stewart, president, Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce James Albert, president and CEO, Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce

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