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.

Minority Business Advising

Overview

The State of Connecticut is committed to helping minority-owned businesses grow and thrive. Toward that end, the State of Connecticut partners with leading organizations committed to helping minority-owned businesses accomplish a wide array of objectives.


Writing a Business Plan

HEDCO Business Resource Center (BRC)
gives you access to a team of experienced business counselors, attorneys, accountants, insurance and banking professionals, and other experts to help you with your Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Preparation & Forecasting.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
connects you with experienced small business owners who provide insights on business development and sound business practices.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
provides counseling services for Startup Assistance, Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Preparation & Forecasting and Marketing.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
provides counseling services for Startup Assistance, Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Preparation & Forecasting and Marketing & Social Media Training.

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center
supports aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups and provides Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Preparation & Forecasting services.

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)
offers programs and services for women-owned businesses, including Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Preparation & Forecasting.

QuickBook Classes

Women's Business Development Council

Getting a Business Mentor

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Turnaround Management Association (CTTMA)
provides business assessment services and planning in order to improve business outcomes and profits.

Marketing Assistance

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Entrepreneurial Classes

HEDCO Business Resource Center (BRC)

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

Choosing a Business Structure

HEDCO Business Resource Center (BRC)

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

Hiring Employees

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

Financial Analysis

HEDCO Business Resource Center (BRC)

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)