Spotlight on Healing Arts

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Business Spotlight: Red Phoenix Healing Arts LLC

Inspired by a friend’s healing arts center, Robin Henrie dreamt of opening her own center—one day. Eventually, she channeled her life experience, including training in several Tai Chi forms, a Master’s in Communication Disorders, and a focus on healing, into Red Phoenix Healing Arts LLC, which she launched in 2022.


How, when, and why did you decide to start a business?

Robin: I always wanted to start a business when I retired, which was in June 2020. I had every intention of starting the business up as soon as the pandemic ended. But then I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I was going through that along with some other health conditions, so the business got put on hold for a while.

I’m passionate about helping other people, which informed my decision to become a speech and language pathologist during my career. After seeing how much tai chi and qigong have helped me with my various illnesses, I wanted to help others by sharing those modalities with them in my new business.

It wasn’t until 2022 when I woke up one day and said: You’re ready, let’s go. I decided to launch the business right then and there.

How did you go about starting the business?

Robin: I had friends who owned businesses and my husband is an MBA CPA who has his own business, so I was able to pick his brain a bit. I knew the bare bones about starting, like I knew I wanted an LLC. I also knew I needed additional resources.

I checked out the offerings from the Small Business Association and got in touch with some folks at SCORE. Then I connected with the EWBC staff, including Business Advisor Jeannette Dardenne and Program Manager Shelli McMillen, and we hit it off. I was blessed to have Jeannette as a mentor. She is phenomenal and has guided me every step of the way. I also had some video editing help from Ryan Salloum, a student at the University of Hartford - Barney School of Business.

Can you share some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a business owner?

Robin: The thing that I’m learning—which is absolutely astounding to me—is how much more there is to running a business than just doing the thing you love that you want people to pay you for.

Pricing is another challenge—and I’m still not convinced that I’ve got the right pricing. I’ve got one group of people I love, trust, and adore telling me not to undersell myself, but I also know the market will only pay so much. It’s a fairly wide split between knowing I’m worth this many dollars an hour, and the acceptance that people are only willing to pay this much. Finding that balance has been really challenging. My website has also been a challenge—that’s a work in progress.

Any advice for others?

Robin: Find your passion and follow it. And make time to take care of yourself. Be sure to focus on self-care because if you don’t, nothing else will matter.

Painting a Picture of Power & Progress 

Growing Your Business Panel: Loans, Grants, & Personal Investments 

Wednesday, June 28; 5-8pm

Location: Parkville Marketplace, 1400 Park St., Hartford

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Want to take your small business to the next level? Join our panel discussion featuring diverse, women business owners sharing their challenges, insights, and tips on financing and growth strategies. Whether you're just starting out, need advice on bootstrapping, or you're considering taking out a loan to expand your business, our panelists have been there and done that.

Changing the World with the Power of Love

The evening will also feature The Love Mural Tour, an artistic venture created by Lisa Marie Thalhammer and sponsored by Macy’s, RiseUP, and Mental Health CT. Hartford’s Parkville Market is one of her first stops on a 50-state tour!

Pop-up Shops, Food Vendors & Networking

Enjoy a bit of retail therapy with local pop-up shops, the mouth-watering offerings of the Market’s food vendors, and networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals.


Moderator: Lacey Banks McGill, WBC Program Manager 


  • Lisa Marie Thalhammer, The Love Mural Tour 
  • Latoya Brown-Clayton, Lifetime Center LLC 
  • Chantell Bossiere-Kelly, Capital Ice Cream LLC 
  • Bridgette Mack, Blessings Hair Boutique LLC 
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Introduction to CT Small Business Boost Fund

Thursday, June 29; 12-1:30pm   

Presenters: Irene Dominguez, Paola Garcia & Anthony Booth, Pursuit


Many small businesses experience barriers to accessing financial resources, especially businesses in distressed municipalities and those led by women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people of color. The Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund was created to provide access to working capital for those who need it most. Learn about this new opportunity, how to get your business prepared to accept investments, access low interest loans, and invest in your success! Meet community lenders and learn how to evaluate the strength of your business.

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