Success Story: Connecticut
New England Site And Infrastructure Management
Todd D. Howell has always had construction and entrepreneurship in is DNA. He began in construction at the age of 13, and at 17 he owned his first business.
He was a seasoned small business owner when he started New England Site and Infrastructure Management in January, 2008, and since then the City of New Haven has come to rely on Todd and his organization in a number of capacities.
Year-round, he is an organic recycling and re-purposing company, making leaves, wood and brush into a marketable mulch and soil product. And in the winter months, he does municipal snow plowing, ice control and snow melting, and holds a four-year A and B contract for the streets and roads for the city of New Haven, Connecticut. To top it off, in the spring and fall months, he performs excavation, site work and paving.
In 2015, Todd was ready to access capital to expand. He needed the help of a knowledgeable person to navigate these difficult waters. New Haven City Mayor Toni Harp referred Todd to the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), where he met CTSBDC Business Advisor Joe Williams.
Joe and Todd got to work reviewing Todd’s business plan and budget, and prepared the paperwork to access capital. From this work, Todd earned a Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Express Loan and Grant, which has helped him to acquire new equipment, create five jobs and save another five. Mr. Howell is actively involved in hiring New Haven residents for positions in his business.
“I would not be where I am today without the assistance of [the Connecticut SBDC’s] Joe Williams. This has been an invaluable experience. His guidance, wisdom and understanding, coupled with his hands-on knowledge of the construction industry has assisted my company growth immensely. The ability to have an advisor who believes in your abilities, yet doesn’t allow you to underestimate your capabilities, is refreshing. My company has been able to secure multi-year contracts in several different fields resulting in millions of dollars of long term contracts. “ — Todd D. Howell, COO, New England Site And Infrastructure Management
Todd is currently seeking land to expand, store his vehicles and operate his organic recycling business. He continues to work with Joe and refer new clients to the CTSBDC.
Todd Howell is a proud member of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC), has been listed in Who’s Who of American Business Owners and Professionals for the last 10 years, received a lifetime achievement award at the age of 40 from the State of Connecticut African American Affairs Commission, and was awarded a Congressional Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United States Congress.
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