Meet Next Wednesday’s Panel of Enterprising Entrepreneurs: TJ Clynch -- Social Entrepreneur, Civic Leader

TJ Clynch:  A social entrepreneur who believes in "designing a career that you love."
TJ Clynch: A social entrepreneur who believes in "designing a career that you love."

The next “Beer, Burgers & Managing Your Bucks” on February 19, 5 to 7 PM at MCC on Main in Manchester (903 Main Street), is devoted to the topic of entrepreneurship.   If the thought of being your own boss or launching a new venture has ever cross your mind, you’ll want to come and hear the insights of our panel of business owners – all of whom have experience in turning their business dreams into reality.


In this series of postings, you’ll learn a little more about who they are and what they’re up to.   


Introducing TJ Clynch


TJ’s entrepreneurial career began with a life-changing event:  in 2010, while walking in West Hartford, he was run over by an out-of-control Toyota Tundra.  Long story short, after losing his job and his savings, he had to start over.  Because his yoga practice proved to be the most effective part of his rehabilitation, he founded Downtown Yoga with the intention of creating a yoga studio that was “more accessible, approachable, and affordable.” 


Not long after opening the yoga studio, he also founded a second venture, Civic Mind, which is a marketing design firm specializing in community development projects.  Most recently, Civic Mind was the creative force behind the successful Hartford HodgePodge, an open market and street fair that takes over Pratt Street for six consecutive Sundays during the Fall.


TJ is the winner of the 2011Hartford Innovation Challenge.  In 2012, he was also  named as one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 under Forty.”  


He is a strong believer in designing a career that you love, the power of collaboration to make change and thinking big.


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