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Tools

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 Business Incentive Programs

Committed to building a better CT, DECD offers Business Assistance Quick Links to Financing, Tax Incentives, Technical Assistance and International & Domestic Business Development.

Department of Economic and Community Development Ambassador Program

These trained business representatives will work directly with companies to build relationships, answer questions, and provide guidance on the business and technical assistance programs, tax incentives and competitive financing programs available to help companies of all sizes realize their short- and long-term business goals.

Connecticut Business Portal

Resources for all stages of business development:

Start Your Business

Grow Your Business

Manage Your Business

The CT Advantage

Industries

Hear from CT’s Business Leaders

CT Innovations

The venture capital arm of the State of CT.

CTNext

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)

Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, leveraging Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location. Businesses looking for information on assistance programs and incentives in addition to a streamlined approach for business registration and licensing requirements can contact CERC at 1-800-392-2122. Business resource information is also available by exploring the Resource Wizard.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Professional confidential, one-on-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.

Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) – Technical training, skill development, industrial modernization, marketing, financial and networking opportunities.

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.