Quinnipiac University Community Relations
Wide view of the event space where small business owners display their products

Local Community Programs

Supporting Local Businesses and Restaurants

Resource Type: Business and Restaurant Resource

Age Group: Business Owners

Eligibility: Hamden, North Haven

Partnering with local small businesses and restaurant owners is a collaborative effort that not only strengthens the bond between the local and Quinnipiac community but also fosters unique offerings and shared success. It is important that together we create a thriving network of relationships where entrepreneurship flourishes.

Quinnipiac University hosts an event to highlight small businesses owned and operated by Women of Color in the QU and Greater New Haven community, Tuesday, March 21, 2023 on the North Haven Campus.

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Watch this interview with FOX 61 to learn more about the Sip and Shop Pop-Up Shop.

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On-Campus Pop-Up Shops

We periodically have small businesses from the area set up on campus to sell products and network with potential customers. Past events have included a local business fair on the quad and a "Sip and Shop" event for minority-owned businesses. If you have a business you'd like to promote, reach out to us and we'll guide you on next steps.

Add Your Business or Restaurant to the Q-Card System

Q-Cards serve as an identification and debit card system for students, faculty and staff. Students are able to add funds to their Q-Card and, at locations where Q-Cards are accepted, easily pay for goods and services using this declining debit system.

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Entrepreneurship Academy with ConnCORP

Quinnipiac's Connecticut Community Outreach Revitalization Program (ConnCORP) supports the dreams of small business owners in the Greater New Haven-Hamden area.

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The Agency for Public Relations, Graphic Design, and Marketing Consultation

The Agency at Quinnipiac is an award-winning and student-run interdisciplinary firm specializing in public relations, graphic design, and marketing. Local businesses and non-profits can work The Agency to explore possibilities for services for their organization.

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Hiring Quinnipiac Students or Graduates

Hiring a Quinnipiac student to assist local businesses brings fresh perspectives and cutting-edge skills that can invigorate growth and innovation within the community. Their academic excellence and dedication make them valuable assets in driving success for small enterprises.

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Congratulations to our 2023 Student Choice Award winners!

Quinnipiac Student Choice Award Winner 2023

Proud Members and Supporters of Area Chambers of Commerce

Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Cheshire Chamber of Commerce

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