Connecticut Small Business Development Center
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) is a statewide program that provides expert management and technical assistance to startup and existing businesses throughout the State of Connecticut. The CT SBDC is hosted by the University of Connecticut and operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, the Metro Chambers of Commerce, and hundreds of service providers, lenders, and business partners across the State of Connecticut.
The program is structured to deliver management consultancy, business acceleration services and low-cost educational training programs across the state and online at ctsbdc.org.
The CT SBDC emphasizes counseling and training services to women, veterans and minority clients, while it focuses on projects that advance job development, new investment and the economic growth priorities of the State of Connecticut. The CT SBDC places significant emphasis on manufacturers, exporters and technology-oriented businesses.
The CT SBDC program is designed for firms with up to 500 employees and/or $20m in annual revenues.
Ten Regional Service Centers offer one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential business assistance including strategic planning, lending assistance, workforce development, marketing, and financial and operational analysis.
The CT SBDC offers the following services:
• Business Advisory Services
• Government Contracting
• International Trade Assistance
• Startup Assistance
• Minority, Women and Veteran Entrepreneurs
• Advisory Councils
For more information, please visit www.ctsbdc.org.
Middlesex County Revitalization Commission (MCRC)
As the Revitalization Commission continues to address regional economic development issues and focuses on the revitalization of manufacturing and commercial districts of Middlesex County. The Revolving Loan Fund is available through the Revitalization Commission and is designed to encourage business growth that results in the retention or creation of jobs in the region. The original action plan has recently been revised as well as all electronic loan application documents to make for an easier and more efficient process. As the Commission remains active within the county, the group looks forward to addressing specific issues and meeting certain goals.
Middletown Small Business Development Center
The Middletown Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one business counseling and entrepreneurial educational opportunities to prospective business owners. This program is for Middletown residents or individuals looking to start a business in Middletown only.
Side Street to Main Street Business & Leadership Development Program
Sponsored by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, funded by Aetna, Inc., and facilitated by
Jim Jackson of The Essex Group, the Side Street to Main Street Business & Leadership Development Program is a one year long entrepreneurial and business development course, specifically designed to help minority owned small businesses in our community to become successful.