We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Veteran-Owned Businesses


Nearly 10% of the businesses in Connecticut are owned by veterans. Across the state, we are committed to supporting veterans who want to launch or grow a business — as well as businesses that want to hire veterans.

Business Support

We’ve highlighted a few types of support that may be particularly helpful for veteran-owned businesses. Please explore the rest of our site to learn more about the array of tax incentives, funding opportunities and technical resources we offer for all types of businesses.


  • Veteran-Owned Micro Business Certification. Certified veteran-owned businesses are eligible for certain pricing preferences when competing for state contracts. Learn more about how you can apply for this certification.   


  • Veterans Agriculture Program. This program offers tax incentives to encourage eligible veterans to start a farming business.
  • Small Business Express Program. If you’ve been in business for at least a year and employ fewer than 100 people, we encourage you to explore the funding opportunities offered through the state’s Small Business Express program.
  • Minority Business Initiative. This public/private program is specifically designed to help minority-owned businesses access the funding, technical assistance and public contracting resources they need to build and grow a successful business.

Related Resources

Here are a variety of other resources that can help veterans launch or grow their businesses: