139 episodes

A podcast for the business-minded in Connecticut. Interviews consist of business and community leaders that delve into the highs and lows of doing business in Connecticut.

BizCast provides new content every week, introduces members of CBIA staff, and tells stories about how businesses are innovating and growing in Connecticut!

CBIA BizCast Connecticut Business & Industry Association

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A podcast for the business-minded in Connecticut. Interviews consist of business and community leaders that delve into the highs and lows of doing business in Connecticut.

BizCast provides new content every week, introduces members of CBIA staff, and tells stories about how businesses are innovating and growing in Connecticut!

    AI Engineers’ Kevin Hussain Talks Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

    AI Engineers’ Kevin Hussain Talks Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with AI Engineers’ Kevin Hussain about the need to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

    Hussain, who is associate vice president of bridge inspections at the Middletown-based engineering firm, immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean.

    He chose to attend Capital Community College and the University of Hartford because each was affordable and he could get to classes using public transportation.

    “If I had a seat at the table, the first thing I am going to say is, I took a bus to college and to community college, how are we going to make this project or this university accessible for different people,” Hussain said.

    “That’s the key part of it; it comes down to this first part of DEI. Having people like us have a seat at the table, having those conversations, how do we improve
    infrastructure and transportation?”
    The CBIA BizCast is made possible through the generous support of Google. Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 30 min
    Avelo Air Fights Inflation in the Skies

    Avelo Air Fights Inflation in the Skies

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Travis Christ, chief marketing officer for Avelo Air, about the airline maintaining its low-fare strategy as inflation drives up the cost of fuel and other supplies.

    Avelo launched in 2021 in Burbank, California, and made its maiden flight from Connecticut’s Tweed New Haven Airport last November.
    The demand was so high for the flights Avelo offered to six Florida cities, Christ said it expanded to a total of 14 destinations, despite many airlines facing a shortage of pilots.

    “We do fly 737s, which is a main line big jet which is what pilots want to fly,” said Christ.

    “For the pilots who want to fly home every night and do not want to be on the road all the time, it's a great option.”

    The CBIA BizCast is made possible through the generous support of Google. Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 19 min
    Green Check Verifies Cannabis Business Financing

    Green Check Verifies Cannabis Business Financing

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Paul Dunford, co-founder of Green Check Verified in North Haven.

    Green Check Verified helps provide cannabis banking solutions and expert advisory services for financial institutions.

    The company began exploring the industry in 2014 and noticed that firms didn’t know how to connect with banks who were willing to work with them.

    “The biggest thing we had at the beginning was figuring out how we get financial institutions who have been told for years and years you cannot touch this, that you can, and here is how,” said Dunford.

    Dunford and co-founder Kevin Hart developed software that analyzes in real time the sales and inventory data flowing through each cannabis business in a portfolio and identifies any exceptions to the applicable regulatory requirements for their license type.

    The two first financial institutions Green Check worked with were in Connecticut.

    The CBIA BizCast is made possible through the generous support of Google. Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 23 min
    Athletic Brewing’s Race to the Top

    Athletic Brewing’s Race to the Top

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with John Walker, co-founder of Athletic Brewing in Stratford.

    Walker helped Bill Shuflet brew the original ales in 2017 when the avid athlete decided he wanted to enjoy a beer without worrying about alcohol affecting his performance the next day.

    Athletic Brewing was recently named to TIME’s list of the most influential companies, with Walker saying that the rapid growth is due to the passion behind the product and the brewery’s mission.

    Athletic is investing some of the proceeds from its success in philanthropic projects, including donating 2% of sales to protecting and restoring local trails.

    “It comes down to the team and it comes down to a passionate group of people who want to do this, who love what we do, who are making great products but are also making a huge impact in our environment and our communities,” said Walker.

    Athletic Brewing will celebrate the grand opening of its new MIlford headquarters in June. The company also has a location in San Diego.
    Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 15 min
    Workforce Top Priority for CSCU’s Cheng

    Workforce Top Priority for CSCU’s Cheng

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Terrence Cheng, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

    Cheng was previously the campus director of UConn Stamford. He said he took this role last July as it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference across the state, managing 12 community colleges, four state universities, and Charter Oak State College.

    As the state struggles to resolve the labor shortage crisis, Cheng said he is exploring ways to speed up the process to get students the experience and training they need to enter the workforce.

    “What we have been doing is attaching that internship, apprenticeship type work into curricular for sometime now,” he said.
    “How do we make it even more accelerated? How do we offer more credentials?”

    Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 18 min
    Blending English Tradition with American Innovation

    Blending English Tradition with American Innovation

    CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Adam von Gootkin, co-founder and CEO of Highclere Castle Spirits.

    Gootkin and his family have distilled spirits since the 1800s in Connecticut.

    Their history inspired him to first create Onyx Spirits Company and now Highclere Castle Spirits.

    Highclere Castle Gin is distilled in England using botanicals from the Highclere Estate, but is headquartered in Essex, Connecticut.

    “I wanted to liquify the spirit of the castle that set the incredibly high bar for hospitality,” said von Gootkin.

    The castle name gained even more fame after the popular television series Downton Abbey was filmed there.

    Please rate, review, and subscribe to the BizCast wherever you get your podcasts—we appreciate your support! If you have a story to tell, contact Ali Warshavsky.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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Informative and interesting

I love listening to Shannon talk to CT business owners and professionals. Tons of great content and interviews, highly recommend!

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Great Hosts

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