Advocacy to Legacy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, educates individuals, families, and communities about how to advocate for themselves to change lives and leave legacies. Founder and Executive Director Violette Haldane told the Hartford Chamber of Commerce about her love of Hartford and the Hartford community.

Why did you join the Hartford Chamber of Commerce?

VIOLETTE HALDANE: Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. joined the Hartford Chamber of Commerce so we could become more involved with the Hartford business community, meet other business owners, and be a part of an organization that supports small businesses in the City of Hartford.

Why Hartford? How did you decide on the location for your business?

VIOLETTE: We love the city of Hartford. It has many hidden treasures and lots of business opportunities. We chose the Albany Avenue/Blue Hills corridor because we work with some of the anchor institutions in Hartford with community engagement through surveys, focus groups, and community conversations and North Hartford residents and business are the groups we work with the most. We also work with urban youth and our location is accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of several schools.

Tell us about the neighborhood and what makes it unique.

VIOLETTE: Our office is in the Albany Avenue/Blue Hills area, where there are stable communities with families owning homes for 30 to 40+ years. They have a large West Indian population that values entrepreneurship and business ownership.

What is the best thing about living/working in Hartford?

VIOLETTE: The people are great—they’re friendly, willing to assist, and love and understand the city. The residents understand what the city has to offer in public and private spaces (parks, museums, restaurants, hospitals, universities/colleges, etc.). They choose to live where they work, worship, and play.

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