Entrepreneur Resources | Connecticut Resources for Entrepreneurs

Here are some links to get you started.

Better Business Bureau of CT - A resource that may help you find viable vendors.

CT Business and Industry Association  - Provides useful information for doing business in CT.

Department of Economic and Community Development of CT - Check out the small business express program that gives out loans and grants to Connecticut’s small businesses.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) - A nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services consistent with state strategies, leveraging Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.

Connecticut’s Business Response Center - Provides quick and easy access to information on starting, expanding, and relocating a business in Connecticut. It includes licensing and permitting requirements. 

Department of Administrative Services - Describes procurement procedures for doing busiess with the State of Connecticut.

The Women’s Business Development Council - A non-profit organization that aims to educate and empower potential male and female entrepreneurs.

Small Business Development Center of Connecticut - A free advisory service that aids startups and established small businesses.

Connecticut Economic Development Fund - Aims to help poor communities with non-traditional funding for small businesses.

Bridgeport Innovation Center - An industrial and entrepreneurial incubator for small- and medium-sized businesses to thrive.

Business Council of Fairfield County - A non-profit corporation that mobilizes Fairfield County’s business, political, and community leadership around issues that are vital to the region’s viability as a business location.

Stamford Innovation Center - A co-working space where all startups and existing businesses grow together.

scorenorwalk.org - Find out how to grow your business from these local experts. This  national nonprofit was started by Congress in 1964 to teach entrepreneurship and to grow small businesses.  There's also a useful list of FAQs Answered by SCORE.

TheRefinery - An accelerator for women's innovative early stage ventures that offers a highly individualized program and experienced mentors.

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) - Help women and men with entrepreneurial aspirations to achieve their goals. 

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce - A place that supports  businesses and the Westport-Weston community.

WestportInnovation HUB - A shared working space for entrepreneurs, investors, individuals, or teams that want to flourish in a collective environment.