Ives Squared


****All programs and office hours are canceled until April 12 due to the Coronavirus concerns*****

Creative-in-Residence & Entrepreneur-in-Residence



The New Haven Free Public Library, an anchor institution of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative, is excited to launch the third round of in-residence appointments for Ives Squared.


Samantha (Sammi) Williams, M.S. is a content strategist with over twenty years of writing experience. She founded the content development firm, Sam’s Word, LLC in 2015, with the goal of alleviating the writing burden of others. Writing has been a natural passion for Sammi, and she leverages those skills ​through the facilitation of business development, marketing, and communication workshops. When Sammi is not providing ​training to other businesses, she assists businesses with content development, editing, proofreading, copywriting, and more.

Sammi earned a Master’s in Health Care Administration from the  University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s in Business ​Administration / Human Resource Management from York College – CUNY.  Sammi is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt ​and Notary Public.



EIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm​ | Thursdays, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm​ 

Payroll & Tax Filing for Small Businesses CANCELLED
Tuesday, March 31, 1:30-3:30 pm
Featuring: Mike Bennis — ADP
Payroll and taxes don’t have to be daunting. Learn implementable strategies to improve your payroll processes and tips all small business owners need to know about filing taxes.​


Joel Callaway is a New Haven-based creative professional with a range of experience. He believes in collaboration over competition and looks for opportunities to encourage others in their creative endeavors.

His early career was in graphic design focusing on print. After finishing an undergrad at Albertus Magnus, he successfully completed the Connecticut Film Industry Training program and worked on several production crews for film and tv. He currently works as a photographer as well as teaching multimedia classes at the University of New Haven. 

Tuesdays 5-7 pm | Thursdays 4-6 pm



Lightning In Your Pocket CANCELLED
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-7:30 pm
Learn a few photography flash basics by playing with small, off-camera strobes.




The Switchboard is the welcoming front door for individuals to connect their interests to opportunity, services, databases and resources inside and outside the Library.


City Facts March 2020 Contest
Fill out the quiz using any resource you like and the winners will be entered into a prize raffle at the end of the month!

St. Patrick’s Day is one of New Haven’s most anticipated holidays of the year! With fun events, charity runs, and an unforgettable parade, it’s an occasion not to be missed! Answer the questions below and see how much you know about this historic holiday.



The Exchange offers an entrepreneurial and social space for collaboration and co-working around business, civic and community issues.


Exchange Resources

Exchange March Programming

Collab Office Hours – ***In-Person Office Hours Temporarily Changed to Phone Hours until further notice***  Please visit collabnewhaven.org to make an appointment
Collab is a small business, nonprofit, and for-profit support program committed to serving Connecticut entrepreneurs. Get one-on-one advice about obtaining capital, mentorship, and other resources for entrepreneurs based in Connecticut. For more information about Collab, visit collabnewhaven.org.
Set an appointment

Saturdays, 10-12 pm – Drop-ins welcome!
Address your business questions and concerns with dedicated Yale student volunteers. More information

Elmseed Entrepreneurship Development CANCELLED
Saturday, March 28, 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Learn how to turn your newest idea into a successful company. Presented by the dedicated Yale student volunteers of Elmseed.

Collab Course: Know Your Expertise CANCELLED
Monday, March 30, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Want to start a business, project, or nonprofit, but don’t have an idea yet? In this workshop, participants will learn how to tap into their own expertise to come up with ideas that can impact their community.

New Haven Artrepreneur Series CANCELLED
Join us for a conversation with prominent New Haven artists as they discuss the opportunities and challenges unique to being an artist and an entrepreneur. Facilitated by local artist and entrepreneur, Eric Rey.

Dooley-O Jackson – Saturday, March 14, 3:30-4:30 pm
Meet hip-hop DJ, MC, recording artist, and producer Dooley-O.

Kwadwo Adae – Saturday, March 21, 3:30-4:30 pm
Chat with local visual artist, muralist, and founder of the Adae Fine Art Academy.

SCORE Entrepreneur Series – Spring 2020 – CANCELLED
Thursdays in April, 5:30-7:30 pm

Each of these sessions within the SCORE Entrepreneur Series is tailored to give you the tools and knowledge to start your business off right. Refreshments provided. Please register for each session you wish to attend.

April 2 – Business Planning with Dennis Brown CANCELLED
April 9 – Building a Competitive Advantage with Art Mollengarden CANCELLED
April 16 – Managing Career Transition with Richard Montanaro 
April 30 – Digital Marketing with Ryan Turner
May 7 – Money and Finance with TBD

Taking your Business Global – SBA Exporting Series
Wednesdays from April 8 to May 13, 5:30-7:30 pm

If you aspire to sell your products & services internationally, this will help turn your ambition into action. Please come & join us every Weds Apr 8-May 13 for a series of 6 export training events. You will meet with instructors, the government officials and representatives from the SBA, SCORE, DECD, SBA approved lenders, export credit insurance agents, and attorneys to discuss your specific financial needs and receive technical assistance.

April 8 – Workshop One: Taking Your Business Global CANCELLED
April 15 – Workshop 2: Global Business Management and Global Supply Chain Management
April 22 – Workshop 3: Global Business Marketing
April 29 – Workshop 4: SBA STEP, Trade Finance, and Export Credit Insurance Policy
May 6 – Workshop 5: Export Compliance and Control; Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Overseas
May 13 – Workshop 6: Incoterms 2020 Rules and Case Studies

Understanding Small Business Financial Statements with the CEDF
Wednesday, April 22, 5:30-8 pm
This crash course will help clear up confusion and misunderstandings about small business financial reporting. You’re guaranteed to be more comfortable and confident in your knowledge.



The Tinker Lab provides the training and tools for experimentation and an introduction to the world of creating and making, an essential element of the 21st-century learner.

Tinker Lab March Programming

Tinker Lab Resources

Equipment Certification click the date to register

3D Printer Makerbot Level 1 CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 25, 3:00-4:30 pm

3D Printer Prusa Level 2 Note: ***You must be certified with the Makerbot before you may take the Prusa class. CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 6:00-7:30 pm

Laser Cutter Basics Level 1 CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 11, 3:00-4:30 pm

Laser Cutter Rotary Attachment Level 2 Note: ***You must be fully certified with the laser cutter before you may take the rotary attachment class. CANCELLED

Thursday, March 12, 6:00-7:30 pm

Vinyl Cutter Note: We are currently performing maintenance on our vinyl cutter.  Thanks for your patience! CANCELLED

Carving Machine CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 18, 3:00-4:30 pm

Spanish Certification: By appointment only.


Meditative Art Journaling CANCELLED
Friday, March 20, 2:00-4:00 pm
Using videos from Creativebug, learn how to make a meditative art journal that serves as a container for your hopes, fears, frustrations and more. This small hand-bound book provides the perfect place to journal and explores your feelings through words and art.


Charm Necklace Workshop CANCELLED
Saturday, March 14, 2:00-3:30 pm
Come make a custom necklace decorated with a variety of different charms and beads.

Graphic Design CANCELLED

Photoshop: Make an Animated GIF Monday, March 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
Illustrator: Design a Business Card
Thursday, March 19, 6:00-7:00 pm







The Café and patio are open!   

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new partner, Orchid Café on the Green.  Orchid Café actively employs graduates and current students of ConnCAT’s culinary arts program and is intended to help local talent “transform their lives” through culinary arts. Orchid Café on the Green, located at the New Haven Free Public Library’s Ives Main Branch, will be their second café location to open. In this partnership, we are excited to support community-focused programming and exceptional hospitality.  Stay tuned for updates, special events and more!

 The Café is an ideal spot for networking and social gatherings offering beverages and snacks to relax and recharge as well as a patio overlooking the New Haven Green.








If you have any questions you can call 203.946.8130 ext.140



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Ives Squared is made possible with support from: