NOTICE: 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. For the most updated information, check ct.gov/coronavirus.com

Small Business Reopening Resource Guide

Where To Get Started

If you have questions or need help, all of the services offered below are available at no cost.

Company or Agency Service Type Coverage   Contact Information

CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Business Response Team

COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. Statewide  

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Call: (860) 500-2333

DECD  Portal for information for veteran-owned businesses. Statewide    Visit Website
CT Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) Business counseling, including business planning, marketing and finding capital. Register for assistance online by clicking on the yellow "COVID-19 Business Advising” button at top of page to register. Spanish-speaking support available. Statewide

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Call: (877) 723-2828

Women's Business Development Council Training and counseling, financial education and support finding capital. Emphasis on women-owned businesses. Statewide  

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Call: (203) 751-9550

Women’s Business Center at University of Hartford  Assistance to women starting and growing a small business.  Statewide  

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Call: (860) 768-5681

SCORE SCORE Certified volunteer business mentors offering support and business coaching. Contact the office nearest you for non-English speaking support. Statewide  

Find a SCORE mentor

Find a SCORE location

Chambers of Commerce Business counseling and marketing assistance (primarily for member businesses). Statewide   Find your local Chamber
Minority Construction Council, Inc. Business counseling for minority-owned construction contractors. Statewide  

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Call: (860) 882-0675

HEDCO Business counseling and technical assistance.
Statewide  

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Call: (860) 527-1301

Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA)  Business counseling, with a focus on Latino-owned small businesses. Spanish-speaking support available.  Statewide   

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Contact

Community Investment Corp (CIC)  Business counseling, technical and financial assistance.  Statewide   

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Contact 

Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF)
Business counseling, technical and financial assistance.  Statewide   

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Contact