Helping small businesses start, grow, and thrive.
Connecticut Small Business Development Center’s trained and experienced full-time advisors work with a variety of small businesses in all industries and stages of development by providing no-cost advisory services. How can we help you today?
We help many Connecticut businesses
At the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, our team is passionate about helping small business owners reach their business goals. Our professional, expert advisors offer guidance and support so you can focus on growing your business. Whether a new idea, a new product or a new location – we help you turn your dream into a reality by helping you access funding, create new strategies and find critical information.
Our online business resources will help you grow
Our expert advising services are available on-demand for you to access at your convenience. We have a library of recorded webinars, business tips, and online resources to help small businesses learn how to grow and manage their business.
News & Events
Working with Companies to Export Services
When most business owners think about exports, they think about sending physical products abroad. But in 2019, in the U.S., the services sector accounted for 69% of GDP and 82% of private sector employment, and there is a great opportunity to expand a business by exporting services. Join the Virginia and Connecticut SBDCs in learning […]
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program [Webinar Recording]
This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 02/23/2023 As we celebrate Black History Month, join the Connecticut SBA District Office and us to learn about certifying your business under the U.S Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. The 8(a) program can be a valuable tool for experienced socially and economically disadvantaged small […]
Export Series 2023 – Starts Mar. 8th
The following webinars are being offered as a series and will include an in-person event in May, with details to be announced. The intended audience for the series is small businesses with sales activity for 2+ years and little to no exporting experience. These webinars are NOT intended for Start-Ups. Please select the webinar(s) you […]
Greenmont Healthcare Products, LLC
Matthew Quinn, Owner
Pushing wheelchairs is easier than ever! Are you one of those who usually pushes a wheelchair? Are you suffering from neck problems? Matthew Quinn, President of Greenmont Healthcare Products LLC, had the same issue. Matthew developed a convenient and affordable solution -the Easy Pushbar- that makes pushing a wheelchair easier and less impactful for the […]
Waves and Wardrobes, LLC
Jeanne Ware, Owner
When Jeanne thought about how to start a business around her passion for creating costumes and her skill at designing and creating custom marine upholstery, she thought she had to choose. CTSBDC Business Advisor Mary Kay Della Camera knew immediately she wouldn’t have to – that her business could be built around both! Waves and […]
Empowered Learners, PLLC
Jackie Giordano, Owner
Speech language pathology services require a business model for the therapist to be able to work in close quarters with the client. In trying to serve pediatric clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacqueline Giordano realized she may have success starting her own business visiting her clients in their homes. Business Started 2021
New England Bioassay
Kim Wills, Owner
Purchasing an existing business can be an exciting opportunity, but for many individuals, there may be questions and challenges that come up that are outside their area of expertise. As Kim Wills worked towards purchasing New England Bioassay (NEB), she reached out to Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) for help with various aspects of […]
Atlas Stamping and Manufacturing
Susan White, CEO
When Susan White was presented the opportunity to purchase Atlas Stamping & Manufacturing Corp, she recognized both the opportunities she would have and assistance she may need. Working with Denise Whitford at Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), Susan has been able to successfully create a growth plan for Atlas. Capital Accessed Paycheck Protection Program […]
Here for you at every stage of your business
Start or launch a business
Whether it's your first time starting a business or you've started many, speaking to our Pre Venture Business Advisors can help you prepare to launch a successful business.
Contact us to get started today.
Expand your customer base
Our Business Advisors have the experience and expertise to help existing businesses reach new markets, explore industry trends, attract new customers, and many other tasks which may help grow your business.
Business Operations: Our Operations team offers advising on topics including business planning, strategic planning, growth strategy, business model development, intellectual property, operations and process, cybersecurity and more. Contact us to learn more.
Customer Acquisition: If you are looking for support in expanding your customer base and revenue stream including market research, marketing strategies, digital marketing, SEO, ecommerce, international trade/export, government contracting, and more. Contact us today to get started.
Raise capital for my business
Our Capital Access team has many years of experiencing helping business access the capital they need to grown or sustain their business. With many personal relationships with some of Connecticut's premier lenders, CTSBDC advisors can help you evaluate your financial options. In addition to traditional lending programs, CTSBDC advisors work with community funding institutions focused on helping small businesses.
Contact us today and get connected with a Capital Access business advisor.
Request COVID-19 Assistance
COVID-19 has forced many small business owners to re-think the way they run their business. We have a number of on-demand and live webinars and resources available to help you navigate this crisis for your business. Our business advisors are available to meet one-on-one with you to review your loan application, business plan, and answer your questions.
Contact us today to get started on the road to recovery.