News 8’s Dennis House sat down with the founder to talk about how his company has helped businesses across the nation and right here in Connecticut.,RELATED: Founder of Barstool Sports wants everyone to know: New Haven is the pizza capital of the U.S.,All across the state, restaurants like the Red Rock are going through tough times due to the pandemic and Dave Portnoy, the founder of lifestyle brand Barstool Sports, wants to help.,RELATED: Elmer’s Place in New Britain latest CT restaurant to get help from Barstool amid pandemic crisis

Portnoy explained what he is looking for in a restaurant looking to get help from the Barstool Fund: “Red Rock is a perfect example of the two things we look for: a long track record of success…The second thing we look for is that the business owner still paid their employees.”,At the Red Rock, they are grateful for Barstool and Portnoy: “We can’t thank him enough. read more

Futures Inc., which has been in business for 30 years, has had a location in West Hartford for 16 years, but recently has become much more physically visible in the community.,In West Hartford, The Kitchen at Futures Inc. operates a teaching kitchen that shares space with the offices on South Quaker Lane, and in August 2020, they opened the organization’s third brick and mortar retail location, Good Cause Gifts, which shares space with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union at 973 Farmington Ave.

Good Cause Gifts also has stores in Berlin and at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain – and the Kitchen at Futures Inc. also runs the cafe at the hospital.,“One of our biggest goals to opening a store in West Hartford Center was to get our name into the community and share what Futures Inc. and Good Cause Gifts is doing – while also providing another great shopping option for our town,” said DonAroma.,“In addition to shifting to a stronger online presence, simultaneous to opening our West Hartford Good Cause Gifts location, we also built an online store (goodcausegifts.org).,One of the key goals for opening the West Hartford Center store and launching the online store was working with more local vendors and businesses, and Futures Inc. has succeeded on that front as well. read more