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.

Small Business Reopening Resource Guide

Overview

Reopening with Care
Reopening recommendations and guidelines

The way we live and work is changing, and some of the new ways that we interact with each other will become routine. At the same time, many of our pre-COVID-19 work habits will be reinforced and will continue to shape how we do business.

The level of uncertainty in the economy is at an all-time high and the recovery is difficult to predict. Although there has been no single policy or proposed response, individual businesses, states, and regions have been taking steps to help their citizens and businesses through this trying period. 

We're here to help. Together with the listed community and business support groups from across the state, we have assembled information to assist with a variety of questions you'll have when you're ready to reopen for business.

Bridgeport Regional Business Council  Connecticut Business and Industry Association  MetroHartford Alliance  Small Business Development Center 
Capitol Region Council of Governments  CT Main Street Center  Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce  Spanish American Merchant Association (SAMA) 
Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce  Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce  New Haven Small Business Academy  Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce 
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut  Hartford Economic Development Corp (HEDCO) Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer)  Women’s Business Development Council 

 

The guide provides a starting point for resources to help small businesses in the reopening process, and will be updated as new information and guidance become available. Please send any suggestions to reopening.guide@ct.gov.  Rules for reopening can be found here.
 
Downloadable CDC Guidelines:

The CDC has issued decision-tree guidelines for general offices and restaurants and bars. They may be downloaded below.


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Legal Disclaimer

The CT  Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) maintains this Resource Guide to enhance public access to information about financial support, employee training and support, physical layout and geographic listing  of suppliers available to small businesses to help them comply with COVID -19 safety guidance and to manage the reopening process.  

The inclusion of any organization, agency or service in this Resource Guide does not imply or constitute an endorsement or recommendation, nor does exclusion imply disapproval. DECD neither guarantees nor makes any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in its Resource Guide. Essentially, this guide should be considered  a directional guide for the purpose of assisting  business owners in the reopening process.

DECD  does not claim responsibility for any actions taken by any of the organizations or agencies included in the Resource Guide. Under no circumstances shall DECD or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential damages which may result in any way from the use of the information included in this Resource Guide.