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10/07/2021

Cyber Hygiene Tips for Your Small Business [Webinar Recording]

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This webinar will provide tools and resources available to help you prepare, assess and implement cyber security protocols in line with the NIST-CSF cybersecurity framework. Join the Connecticut Small Business Development Center to learn the basics of the Data Assured cybersecurity program to keep your business safe from a cyberattack. […]

11/03/2021

Get Your Small Business Ready for Holiday’s With Google

Is your business ready for online shopping this holiday season? Connecticut Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of webinars with Grow with Google to help small business owners update their online presence. Feature Your Business and Products to Shoppers Online with Google November 3 2 – 3pm Learn how to sell your products […]

10/15/2021

Cybersecurity Standards Act: What Does It Mean for My Small Business?

On June 24, 2021, the “Act Incentivizing The Adoption Of Cybersecurity Standards For Businesses” (Public Act No. 21-119 ) (“Cybersecurity Standards Act”) was passed and goes into effect on October 1, 2021. Cyberattacks are on the rise across the world and it is important for your business to protect itself against potential risks. With this […]

10/28/2021

CMMC Security: Compliance & Common Pitfalls

If you are working with the Department of Defense, or you are looking into becoming a DoD contractor, you will need to ensure your business can comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This certification has its own framework that is more robust than other cybersecurity models. Join Connecticut Small Business Development Center and […]

Implementing the New CT Paid Leave Program In Your Small Business [Multiple Dates]

The new CT paid leave law will go into effect January 1, 2022. Is your small business prepared? The Connecticut Small Business Development Center along with experts from The Human Resources Consulting Group will present an informational webinar on how to continue running your business as this new law gets implemented. For many small businesses, […]

09/21/2021

EIDL Program Updates [Webinar Recording]

On September 8, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced an update to their program guidelines for Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) which provide significant opportunities for small businesses who are still looking for relief from effects of the pandemic. SBA CT District Director, Catherine Marx  provides a review of the updates. CT Small […]

07/27/2021

Growing Your New London Business

Growing your business can bring on a unique set of challenges. Whether you’re looking to purchase a commercial space or negotiate terms with your landlord, there is assistance available to you to help navigate these changes. The City of New London, Develop New London, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer), and CTSBDC hosted a panel discussion […]

07/22/2021

Protecting Your Intellectual Property Series [Webinar Recording]

You have invested your time and resources to develop your innovations and designs. As you move from idea to product, make sure your ideas remain in your hands. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) specialists will join us for a series of webinars focused on protecting your innovations and explaining the resources available to you. […]

06/24/2021

PPP Forgiveness for Loans Over $150K [Webinar Recording]

There are three different forgiveness applications based on the PPP loan amount and other requirements. In this webinar series we will cover each scenario/form one at a time, with this one focusing on loans over $150,000. This webinar covers: The forgiveness form for loans over $150k Which form to use based on whether you have […]

06/22/2021

Cybersecurity: Identify Your Gaps and Protect Your Business [Recording]

Learn how to protect your business – and your customers – from a cyberattack. The threats to your business reputation, and costs related to a data breach and business interruption, are too significant to ignore. This webinar will help you identify the data you keep and those with access to it, map out ways to […]

06/17/2021

PPP Forgiveness for Loans $50K – $150K [Recording]

There are three different forgiveness applications based on the PPP loan amount and other requirements. In this webinar series we will cover each scenario/form one at a time, with this one focusing on loans +$50,000-$150,000 This webinar covers: The simplified forgiveness form for loans over $50k and up to $150k Which form to use based […]

06/10/2021

PPP Forgiveness for Loans Under $50K [Recording]

There are three different forgiveness applications based on the PPP loan amount and other requirements. In this webinar series we will cover each scenario/form one at a time, starting with loans under $50,000. In this webinar we will present information related to: The simplified forgiveness form for loans below $50,000 Exemptions on employee and wage […]

04/20/2021

State and Federal Export Resources for Connecticut Firms [Recording]

While the U.S. exports some $2 trillion in goods and services to world markets annually, there is vast opportunity to increase both the number of U.S. exporters and the markets they are selling to— particularly among small and medium-sized firms.  With more than 95% of the world’s consumers located outside of the U.S., your firm […]

How to Start Your Business [Webinar Recording]

Connecticut Small Business Development Center partners with aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their business dreams into a reality. Join CTSBDC Microenterprise Business Advisor Mary Kay Della Camera in this recorded webinar as she walks you through everything you need to know about launching a successful business from the initial market research to obtaining the licenses and […]

01/24/2020

What’s Next: Rethinking Your Business in a Post-COVID World

As businesses look toward planning their future, CTSBDC is helping you adapt your business to the new normal. In this recorded webinar, we will discuss the process of pivoting your business and discuss some of the CTSBDC tools available to help you review your financials, conduct a market analysis, and interpret industry trends. Christine Sullivan, […]

CT Paid Leave: What You Need to Know [Webinar Recording]

Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) provides paid leave benefits to employees who cannot work due to their own serious health condition or the serious health condition of a family member. The CT Paid Leave Authority offers resources for Connecticut businesses and employees to help them navigate this new Act. CT Paid Leave […]

Grow with Google [Recording]

Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. And as more customers shop online make sure your business is properly prepared.  Help them find accurate and up-to-date information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use.  In this workshop, you will learn how […]

CT STEP Guidelines and Application [Webinar Recording]

Please join the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and U.S. Department of Commerce to learn about the Connecticut State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). STEP is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The program goal of STEP FY 2020 is to increase the […]

Launching a Home-Based Cosmetics Business [Webinar Recording]

If you are considering starting a business in cosmetics ran from home, you have probably started looking at licensing. The prospect of getting ready and going through the process can be daunting. Learn from a local small business owner about her experience, get an overview of the necessary steps, and take away useful tips she […]

Air Force Commercialization Initiative: SBIR/STTR Open Topic [Webinar Recording]

In this on-demand webinar, hear from a panel of experts of how you can start doing business with the federal government. Does your small business have an innovative technology that may be of interest to the federal government? Learn about the US Air Force’s AFWERX initiative that offers a rare opportunity for small, innovative companies — including […]

Social Media for Small Businesses [Webinar Recording]

In this on-demand webinar, CTSBDC advisors discussed the basics of social media for small businesses. Are you overwhelmed OR don’t have time to leverage social media to grow your business? CTSBDC advisors present social media marketing tips which small businesses can utilize to increase their business’ presence on social media, including Instagram, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, […]

Business Resiliency Part 4: Recovery

The third part of this series focuses on recovery, encouraging business owners to shift their mindset to start looking at external processes around employees and public safety. CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like […]

Business Resiliency Part 3: Implement

The third part focuses on Risk Management, Training Staff, and understanding the types of controls you can setup in your place of business from physical barriers to changing hours of operation, with specific COVID-19 examples. CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning […]

Business Resiliency Part 2: Plan

In the second part of the series, learn how to create a Business Impact Analysis, and Emergency Plans as you work towards forming a Business Continuity Plan that helps you allocate your resources in the best way possible to limit the impact of a disruption to the best of your ability. CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly […]

Business Resiliency Part 1: Identify

The first of this four-part series focuses on understanding the key resources that help your business operate and on “Keeping the Lights On.” CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like right now, but to […]