SeCTer partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), CTNext, SCORE, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and many others to provide you with the very best in business development resources. Contact seCTer staff at any point for guidance in your small business journey. We will connect you to the people behind these links who specialize in the help you need!

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Department of Economic and Community Development:

Office of Business Development

Committed to building a better CT, DECD offers Business Development Quick Links to help you develop your business in CT with resources for all stages of business development:

About the Office of Business Development

Start or Move Your Business to CT

Tap Into Local Expertise

Funding Opportunities

Tax Incentives

Identify and Develop Talent

Manage or Grow Your Business

Data + Research

Success Stories

Support by Business Type

Support by Industry

CT Innovations

The venture capital arm of the State of CT.


A wholly-owned subsidiary of CT Innovations supporting the success of companies and entrepreneurs by providing guidance, resources, and networks to accelerate their growth.

CTNext Resource Wizard for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

CTNext Resource Directory for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Other Organizations providing Technical Assistance                            (list courtesy of DECD)

AdvanceCT is a nonprofit organization that works to engage, retain and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut. AdvanceCT works in close collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), as well as the private sector and other statewide economic development organizations to implement high impact and inclusive economic development solutions for the state.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Professional confidential, one-on-Businesses looking for information can contact one business counseling services to small business owners throughout the state.

SCORE – Overview and insight on the process of establishing and operating a business.

Institute for Sustainable Energy – Relating to energy education, energy policy, energy efficiency, energy conservation and load management, renewable energy, distributed generation, protection of environmental resources, and the dissemination of information on energy alternatives and sustainability.

Connecticut State Technology Extension Program (CONNSTEP) – Engineering and technical support for small and mid-sized manufacturing firms.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) – Helps private and public entities to apply innovative tools and practices to increase efficiencies, improve workforce development and boost competitiveness.

Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center (CT PTAC)– Marketing assistance for Connecticut businesses that sell or wish to sell products and services to federal, state and local government. Headquartered at seCTer. 

University of Connecticut Innovation Portal – Assists existing companies seeking assistance with technology related issues and/or entrepreneurs developing new tech-related products and forming new tech-based firms.

Department of Labor (DOL) – Full range of employment and training services.

New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC) – Cost-shared assistance for import-injured manufacturers.