Do you need help in financing the expansion of your business, or could you use assistance in obtaining funds for working capital or some other new business venture?
Do you need help in writing a Business Plan?
Do you have problems trying to find people to fill available positions or find that there is a lack of trade skills in today’s workforce?
The following is a list of useful links:
CONN/STEP operates as Connecticut's Manufacturing Extension Center under the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership program.
Connecticut offers up-front grants to developers and business owners who redevelop Brownfield sites. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underutilized sites where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental risk.
CBIA is the largest statewide business organization in the country. CBIA can update you and your employees on state or federal laws affecting your business; give you expert advice on personnel issues, taxes, and safety and environmental regulations; and help you make use of the latest advances in business management.
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development's (DECD) mission is to build better communities through sound economic development and to ensure a higher quality of life for people in communities across Connecticut. DECD assists businesses through a variety of tax credits, abatements, and exemptions ( You Belong In CT) including the Enterprise Zone, Railroad Depot Zone, and the Urban Jobs Program, all of which apply to specified areas in East Hartford. DECD also provides a
variety of other economic resources and support systems for businesses.
The State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is dedicated to conserving, protecting and improving the natural resources and environment of the state. DEP's site includes information on state laws and regulations effecting the environment, as well as downloadable versions of state environmental permits, licenses, and registrations.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) mission is to protect and promote the interests of Connecticut workers. DOL assists workers and employers in becoming competitive in the global economy and take a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of workers, employers, and other agencies that serve them. This site includes information on resources for job training and a vast amount of information on Connecticut's labor market.
The Connecticut Development Authority (CDA) is committed to business assistance programs that generate increased investment in business, increased employment, increased state and municipal tax revenue, an educated workforce, and economically vibrant urban communities. Services include, but are not limited to, financial services for startups and small businesses, job training, working capital, equipment, expansion and relocation. (www.state.ct.us/cda/cdaprogs.htm)
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center's (CERC) mission is to increase Connecticut's economic vitality by helping their customers innovate and compete in the "New Economy." Also, CERC's ProgramFinder is a comprehensive database of programs and services to assist business growth.
Connecticut Innovations (CII) is the State of Connecticut's leading investor in high technology, making risk capital investments in high-tech companies throughout the state. CII offers a wide range of support from research assistance to financing for product development and marketing.
The Small Business Development Center provides professional, individual consulting in all areas of business management, including such areas as pre-venture feasibility, the business plan, marketing, recordkeeping, financial planning, production, preparation of financial documentation for loan packaging and general management. These services are provided by the CSBDC staff of full-time, professional business consultants, as well as CSBDC network of University of Connecticut faculty and members of the business community.
The MetroHartford Alliance is Connecticut’s economic development leader for the Capital Region and the City of Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance is dedicated to building the regional economy by aggressively and successfully competing for jobs, capital and talent. As a business organization, the Alliance focuses on developing creative solutions and leveraging all available resources to make the deals to expand, retain and attract new business to the Region. The Alliance builds the Region’s capacity be educating, collaborating and strategically channeling the intellectual and financial capital of its business, education, and government partners. Services include, but are not limited to: demographic and market date, site location assistance, liaison to state, municipalities, workforce training and
incentive programs for example managing a below market rate gap financing program, known as the MetroHartford Growth Fund to enhance employment opportunities by easing the burden of expanding, building or relocating businesses within the region.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE can teach you "How to write a proposal", "Help you find money for your business", or sit down with you to answer some questions.
SBA provides financial, technical and management assistance to help start, run, and grow businesses. Services include providing a wide array of advisory resources, including how to create a Business Plan, and serve as a loan guarantor for small businesses.
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