Resources

Community Economic Development Fund CEDF has numerous loan products to assist small business owners who have problems obtaining traditional financing.  CEDF provides loans with flexible terms to ensure business success.

Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority Programs that encourage brownfields redevelopment by reducing costs, eliminating environmental uncertainty and simplifying the regulatory process.

Connecticut Business & Industry Association The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) is a professional service organization, recognized as the most effective advocate for business in the state.” We work at the state Capitol on behalf of our 10,000 members, and they rely on our products, services and information to grow and compete in a global economy.”

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development The Department of Economic and Community Development develops and implements strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and communities, ensure quality housing and foster appropriate development in Connecticut's towns and cities.

The Connecticut Development Authority The Connecticut Development Authority provides debt financing and investment capital to help businesses grow in Connecticut.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center CERC is a nonprofit company funded primarily by utility companies with a mission of promoting Connecticut as a competitive business location. We specialize in economic development, research and marketing for local, regional, state and utility economic development entities.

CEDS In 2001 and 2002, twenty-two towns in Northeastern Connecticut worked together to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for submission to the US Economic Development Administration. Most of the towns are members of the Northeastern CT Council of Governments (NECCOG) or the Windham Region Council of Governments (WINCOG).

Connecticut Innovations Connecticut Innovations provide strategic capital and operational insight to push the frontiers of high-tech industries such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics.

Connecticut Licensing Info Center Get instant access to the business licensing information you need to succeed.

Connstep, Connecticut’s Manufacturing Resource Center CONNSTEP delivers everything you need to improve your manufacturing business. ”We're the first place to look whether you want to implement a Lean Manufacturing program, get your ISO certification, or explore innovative ways to grow your manufacturing business.”

Connecticut Community Investment Corporation Connecticut Community Investment Corporation (CTCIC) is a non-profit economic development lender. It provides Connecticut's small business owners with access to capital that may not be available elsewhere. In addition it provides financing opportunities for expanding businesses looking to purchase real estate and/or machinery and equipment.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center Providing free technical and management assistance to Connecticut small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Eastern Connecticut Regional Tourism District The Eastern Regional Tourism District is a non-profit, publicly- funded organization dedicated to the sustained growth of the tourism industry in eastern Connecticut.

Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) ~The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) works with local, state, and federal Legislators, Chief Elected Officials and businesses to ensure that the constantly changing needs of the Eastern Connecticut’s employers and job-seekers are met in a manner that keeps Eastern Connecticut at the forefront of industry & technology.

Mystic Country  Eastern CT Regional Tourism Information

Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Whether you're planning to relocate to Connecticut's northeast or visit our area for a short time, we are confident that our business community is anxious to make your time here pleasant and productive.

Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance The Northeast CT Economic Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides business development resources to both existing and startup small and medium sized manufacturing and service companies seeking to expand, diversity, retain business or improve operations.

Northeast District Department of Health Whether you have questions about health programs, communicable diseases, water quality, food protection, environmental programs, or emergency preparedness, we have answers!

Putnam Business Association  The PBA promotes its business community and the Town of Putnam, CT as a premier New England destination.

Small Business Authority The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services.

Social Media Presence In our our current business environment, having a social media presence and strategy is a necessity for entrepreneurs, small businesses, home-based businesses, and anybody selling products or services. Regardless of what marketing methods that are employed, enabling potential and existing customers to connect with you through the many different social platforms is key to creating and developing brand engagement and loyalty. For this reason, my team of researchers and I have developed a guide that will help entrepreneurs and small businesses to improve their digital footprint. You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

http://www.expertise.com/small-business-social-media-what-you-need-to-know/

Women's Business Development Center The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a 501 © 3 non-profit micro-enterprise development organization whose goal is to increase economic independence for women. This is accomplished through Small Business and Professional Development Training-specifically, small business and micro-enterprise training, career assistance, networking, and access to applicable resources.

You Belong in CT Residents, potential residents, businesses in Connecticut and those considering Connecticut for their next location should all know that this state offers what we believe is the nation's best quality of life and most nurturing business environment. Check out the YBIC site to learn about doing business, living, working and playing in Connecticut.