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Self-Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Development
General Contact Info:
SBA - Connecticut District Office (Main)
330 Main Street Second Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
General Purpose of Agency:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers resources and programs to help potential and current small business owners evaluate their business ideas, start their businesses and grow them.
Specific Activities of Interest to Persons Living With AIDS:
Free counseling, advice and information on starting, improving operations, or expanding a small business through the Counselors to America’s Small Business (SCORE), the Connecticut Small Business Development Centers (CSBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC). They also conduct training events throughout the state - some require a nominal registration fee.
Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Business Development Program.
What you can expect:
Services Available at the SBA in Connecticut: Free counseling, advice and information on starting, improving operations, or expanding a small business through the Counselors to America’s Small Business (SCORE), the Connecticut Small Business Development Centers (CSBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC). They also conduct training events throughout the state - some require a nominal registration fee.
Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Business Development Program. A Women’s Business Ownership
Representative is available to assist women business owners. Please contact Moraima Gutierrez at 860-240-4654 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade.
A Veterans Affairs Officer is available to assist veterans. Please contact William C. Tierney at 860-240-4894 or email@example.com.
SBA Program Partners:
SCORE is a national network of over 14,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America’s small businesses. SCORE leverages decades of experience from seasoned business professionals to help small businesses start, grow companies and create jobs in local communities. SCORE does this by harnessing the passion and knowledge of individuals who have owned and managed their own businesses and want to share this “real world” expertise with you.
(use LOCATIONS pull down menu to view local SBDC office locations)
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) is a statewide program that provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses throughout the State of Connecticut. The CTSBDC 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.
Nine Regional Service Centers and two Satellite Centers offer one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential business assistance including strategic planning, lending assistance, workforce development, as well as marketing,financial and operational analysis. A full-time staff of business advisors is supported by the resources of the host academic institution and Chambers of Commerce to provide free business assistance to small businesses.
- Startup Assistance: CTSBDC provides startup assistance to entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Connecticut. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you clarify your needs, explain requirements for your business type and even prepare a customized research package for you. We also work closely with state, regional and local organizations to help you get the answers you need to succeed – Start, Grow and Thrive in Connecticut.
- Minority, Women and Veteran Entrepreneurs: CTSBDC provides specialized services to minority, women, and veteran businesses including 8(a), MWBE certification, workforce development, training and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for veterans with disabilities. The CTSBDC works in coordination with targeted partners to assist, mentor and guide these small business owners to start-up, improve profitability, expand market share and explore export opportunities in order to develop stronger organizational structure and soundness.
Women’s Business Centers (WBC)
Women's Business Centers (WBCs) operate with the mission to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business.
Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.
In Connecticut you can choose from three Women’s Business Centers:
The Entrepreneurial Center - University of Hartford
Sandra Cahill, Project Director
Butterworth Hall, 1st Fl.
1265 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
Women’s Business Development Council - Stamford
Marian Cicolello, Project Director
184 Bedford St., Ste. 201
Stamford, CT 06901
203-353-1750 • 203-353-1084 Fax
Women’s Business Development Council - Naugatuck Valley Community College
Dorothy Bratchell, Project Director
Founders Hall, F309A
750 Chase Pkwy.
Waterbury, CT 06708
877-999-WBDC (9232) - outside of Stamford/Norwalk Area