Dash Legacy, LLC helps individuals and families find appropriate funeral and life insurance policies, Medicare supplements, and prescription plans. Founder Derrick Shirley spoke to the Hartford Chamber of Commerce about locating his businesses in Hartford.

Why did you join the Hartford Chamber of Commerce?

DERRICK SHIRLEY: If you’re doing business in Hartford, you should be part of the Chamber if nothing else, so you can connect with other business owners.

When and why did you start your business?

DERRICK: I started my business in May 2013 because I was laid off from a full-time job and I decided: Never again!

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

DERRICK: I am Hartford. There was no other option.

Tell us about the neighborhood and what makes it unique.

DERRICK: My Hartford neighborhood are all middle-class working people who are friendly and responsive to the community. We won’t leave trash on the street. We check and respect each other.

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

DERRICK: The people. The Hartford vibe is like no other. You walk Hartford. You talk Hartford. No matter where you go, you are Hartford!