The Supplier Diversity Program, also known as the Set-Aside Program (“Program”), assists Connecticut Small and Minority Businesses (SBE/MBE) to identify business opportunities for improved economic growth.
HEDCO provides technical and financial support to Connecticut's small businesses and nonprofits. They offer a bonding program designed to assist certified minority-owned construction firms. Firms can pre-qualify for bonding and begin bidding on projects.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center is part of a national network of funded centers that work with minority business enterprises to generate financing, stimulate growth and secure employment opportunities.
Certified Minority Suppliers and MBEs, who earn certification through the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) have access to excellent opportunities to meet with corporate buyers who are interested in working with qualified MBEs. The council also offers many formal and informal venues for meet with corporate buyers, learning about state and local opportunities, and expand your professional network.
Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) communicates the needs and potential of the Hispanic enterprise to the public, government and private sector. Support for Hispanic business owners who become members includes training, technical assistance and loan programs.