smallbusinessHOUSTON: Don’t look to the Nutgmeg State for a lot of positive thinking small business owners. According to a study by Womply, a technology and data company serving small businesses nationwide, it that claims fore than 100,000, small business customers.

According to the firm’s study Connecticut ranks No. 41 nationally for small business optimism. There is somewhat better news for the job seekers with 15% of owners planning to add staff this year which ranks the state #17 nationally.

The study, which polled 4,700 small business owners in all 50 states, revealed what’s driving optimism or pessimism on Main Street and how small business confidence (or lack thereof) might translate into actions like hiring or expansion.

location astoriaNEW YORK: Can New York style pizza get a slice of the New Haven and Connecticut market?

The Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, franchise which says it is “the nation’s largest and fastest growing New York pizza concept,” has signed a multi-unit franchise deal to bring its “larger than life” slices and whole pies to the greater Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut areas.

Franchisee Matthew Rusconi is looking to open the first location by year’s end and is actively scouting real estate opportunities in Hartford County, New Haven, Middletown, and Cromwell.

subwayMILFORD: Subway is closing about 500 stores in the US on the back of the closure of 800 stores. Reports by Bloomberg news said that Subway's sales fell 4.4 percent last year.

The strategy released by Suzanne Greco CEO that company to upgrade some locations to more higher profile locations.

Greco told Bloomberg, “we want to be sure that we have the best location,” Greco told Bloomberg. “We focused in the past on restaurant count. We’re focused now on strengthening market share.”