Social Equity Plans

Please see link below for criteria and review process for social equity plans. The purpose of this document is to assist social equity licensees in developing a social equity plan that meets the criteria established by the SEC.
Social Equity Plans - Criteria and Review Process 

Social Equity Applicant Policies & Procedures


2023 DIA Map

The Social Equity Council voted on August 1, 2023 to recertify the DIA Map by approving the 2023 recommended disproportionately impacted areas.

The 2023 approved tracts have been published on the Connecticut Open Data Portal.


Social Equity Accelerator Program

The State of Connecticut’s Social Equity Council has selected Oaksterdam University, America’s first cannabis college, in partnership with reSET, the social impact-focused entrepreneurial support organization based in Hartford, to provide the Cannabis Business Accelerator Program in Connecticut.

Technical business assistance and entrepreneurial support is available through the program to verified social equity applicants to assist in planning to start licensed cannabis businesses and promote regulatory compliance and industry best practices. For inquiries about Connecticut’s Social Equity Program, please email SEC@CT.GOV.

Meet the Coalition Partners

Minority Cannabis Business Association

Founded in 2015, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the largest national trade association dedicated to minority cannabis businesses and their communities.
  • Oaksterdam University 
    Programs promote education as the path to equitable ownership.
  • Reset 
    reSET is driven by the conviction that every business can consciously improve society.
  • Arcview 
    Group has over a decade of experience assisting thousands of cannabis operators.
  • Incba 
    Founded to serve the local, state, national, and international practice of cannabis law across the globe.

Erase Your Criminal History and Get a Fresh Start for Justice

It’s time to wipe the slate clean. Social justice, equity, and a fair shot at building a future matter in Connecticut. That’s why we’ve passed the Clean Slate bill for old and low-level criminal convictions. We also passed the Cannabis erasure laws to help wipe away criminal histories now that adult-use Cannabis is legal.

Your future doesn’t have to be limited because of mistakes made years or even decades ago.

MBE Vendor and Contractor List

The Social Equity Council has created the following list of organizations which provide technical assistance, access to capital and supportive services to Connecticut based MBE. Please contact these organizations for a list/referral to certified businesses that can provide a variety of professional services for cannabis business. Services include, but are not limited to, office supplies, information technology infrastructure, security, construction, general contracting, design, website design, graphic design, accounting, and cleaning services.

Anne Marie Knight
Executive Director
Black Business Alliance
Welcome to the Black Business Alliance (
Jennifer Little-Greer
Executive Director
Minority Construction Council (MCC)
Minority Construction Council - Advancing the cause of minority contractors (
Kim Hawkins
Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO)
Home - HEDCO Inc. CT’s Small Business Edge

Meg Yetishefsky
Program Manager 
Supplier Diversity Program (Set Aside Program)

Supplier Diversity (

Tom McMillian
The Minority Business Association and Center for Joint Ventures
Minority Business Association And Center For Joint Ventures | Bridgeport CT | Facebook
Debra Goss
CT Department of Transportation(CTDOT) – Office of Equity 
Company Search (
Julio Mendoza
Executive Director
Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA)
SAMA – Spanish American Merchants Association: Welcome and Hello (
Adam Wood
Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce
Fran Pastore
Chief Executive Officer
Woman’s Business Development Council
Kenyétta Banks
Program Manager