All Events

05/15/2024

Financial Projections that Open Doors to Funding (Jun. 20)

Live webinar event: June 20, 11 AM – 12 PM Whether you are launching or expanding your business, financial projections play a key role in helping you make decisions about your business. They are also necessary for obtaining funding, whether it is a grant, a loan, or another type of investment. Join us in this […]

05/03/2024

2024 Connecticut 2nd Capital Matchmaker For Small Business

When: June 4, 2024, from 8:30 am to 1 PM Where: Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business, Fairfield, Connecticut Pitch your financing needs to multiple SBA lenders in scheduled, one-on-one 10-minute sessions! Attendees will have access to: Private, scheduled meetings with loan officers to discuss your business and financing needs. Interactive workshops “Creating your business […]

05/02/2024

Managing Money in Your Business – June Cohort

Live Program:  Starting on June 5  (Wednesdays, 6 PM -7:30 PM) As a small business owner, you understand the importance of being ready for opportunities when they arise. Whether you are looking to apply for a loan, grant, or credit line, having a good handle on your numbers increases your chances of approval and favorable […]

04/30/2024

Navigating Entrepreneurship as an International Student: Visa and Financing

Live webinar event: May 29, 10 AM – 11:30 AM If you’re an international student wanting to start a business but unsure about your immigration status and its implications, this webinar is for you! Join Immigration Attorney Dana Bucin and CTSBDC Business Advisor Greg Lewis as they discuss immigration options available to international student entrepreneurs […]

04/30/2024

Reducing Risk in Your New Business [Webinar Recording]

 This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 3.14.24 Description When managing a small business not only are you dealing with the day-to-day, but there are many other compliance elements you need to keep on your radar to ensure the long-term health of your business, such as knowing what applies to you […]

04/29/2024

Business Plan Basics

Live webinar event: May 9, 11 AM – 12 PM There are many times in the life of an entrepreneur when a business plan is helpful and even necessary: when you’re thinking about starting your business, when you’re planning for growth, or when you’re looking to raise capital or apply for a grant. Please join […]

04/24/2024

Kickstart Your Startup with a Lean Business Model [Webinar Recording]

 This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 3.7.2024 Description Are you a startup founder or newer to the world of business? Join us to explore the most critical areas to drive efficiency, innovation, and sustainable growth in your small business. Learning Outcomes Learn the fundamental principles of lean business models and […]

04/18/2024

Managing Money in Your Business

Live Program:  Starting on May 1 (Wednesdays, 6 PM -7:30 PM) As a small business owner, you understand the importance of being ready for opportunities when they arise. Whether you are looking to apply for a loan, grant, or credit line, having a good handle on your numbers increases your chances of approval and favorable […]

04/18/2024

SBIR/STTR Accelerator

Accelerator:  April 30 – June 4 (6 Tuesdays, 1 PM – 2:30 PM) The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide grants to eligible companies to help them conduct research & develop and work to commercialize their innovations. The Phase I ($50k – $250k), and the Phase II awards […]

04/14/2024

ProBono (Free) Resources to Protect Your Intellectual Property [Webinar Recording] [Webinar Recording]

 This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 2.29.2024 Description There are many things to protect in your small business, from your cash to how you use your time. However, small business owners often ignore the potential of intellectual property as an asset to protect their business. Join us and a representative […]

03/20/2024

Small Business Money Essentials

Live webinar event: April 11, 11 AM – 12 PM As an entrepreneur and small business owner, you know how important it is to be ready for opportunities when they arise – whether you have the chance to apply for a contract, a grant, a loan, or have credit extended to your business by a […]

03/04/2024

Reducing Risk in Your New Business

Live webinar event: March 14, 11 AM – 12 PM When managing a small business not only are you dealing with the day-to-day, but there are many other compliance elements you need to keep on your radar to ensure the long-term health of your business, such as knowing what applies to you in the context […]

03/01/2024

Kickstart your Startup with a Lean Business Model

Live webinar event: March 7, 11 AM – 12 PM Learn how a one-page business plan template can help sharpen your startup planning. Are you a startup founder or newer to the world of business? Join us to explore the most critical areas to drive efficiency, innovation, and sustainable growth in your small business. Learning […]

02/23/2024

Fortify Your Business: Fraud Awareness Seminar

For Small Businesses When: February 28, 2024 from 8:30 am to 11 am Where: M&T Bank 198 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT ( second floor) Are you worried about the growing threat of fraud impacting your business’s bottom line? Join us for an essential seminar tailored specifically to address the unique challenges faced by small businesses […]

02/18/2024

Webinar: Free Resources to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Live webinar event: February 29, 2024, 11 AM There are many things to protect in your small business, from your cash to how you use your time. However, small business owners often ignore the potential of intellectual property as an asset to protect their business. Join us and a representative from the U.S. Patent & […]

02/01/2024

CyberSmart Entrepreneurs Workshop [Webinar Recording]

 This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 1.23.24 Dive headfirst into protecting your business from scams with our CyberSmart Entrepreneurs Workshop. Tailored exclusively for small business owners, this webinar will guide you through the essential cybersecurity principles using language that’s friendly, relatable, and devoid of unnecessary technical jargon. By the end […]

01/22/2024

Webinar: Protecting your Business from Scams

Live webinar event: January 23, 2024, 11 AM Dive headfirst into protecting your business from scams with our CyberSmart Entrepreneurs Workshop. Tailored exclusively for small business owners, this webinar will guide you through the essential cybersecurity principles. By the end of this webinar, you’ll not only understand the fundamentals of digital protection but also possess […]

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning, and Employee Ownership Options
11/06/2023

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning & Employee Ownership [Webinar Recordings]

Below you will find the links to access the recordings for each of the live sessions, Join us for this three-part webinar series to consider the various options available to exit your business. It’s never too early to think about what might be best for you! Session 1: Where to Start?  →  October 19, 2023 […]

Business people gathered - CT Capital Matchmaker 2023
10/06/2023

2023 Connecticut Capital Matchmaker (Nov. 1)

Schedule One-on-One Meetings with Connecticut SBA Lenders! When: Nov. 1, 8:15 am to 12:30 pm Where: New Haven, CT The Small Business Administration Connecticut District Office and the CT Small Business Development Center invite you to join us for this in-person event in New Haven.  A unique Capital Matchmaker in-person event, connecting business owners seeking […]

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning, and Employee Ownership Options
09/22/2023

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning & Employee Ownership (Oct. 19)

Join us for this three-part webinar series to consider the various options available to exit your business. It’s never too early to think about what might be best for you! All sessions take place from 11 AM to 12 PM Session 1: Where to Start?  →  October 19, 2023 Have you thought about exiting your […]

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning, and Employee Ownership Options
09/22/2023

Webinar Series: Exit, Succession Planning & Employee Ownership (Oct. 19)

Join us for this three-part webinar series to consider the various options available to exit your business. It’s never too early to think about what might be best for you! All sessions take place from 11 AM to 12 PM Session 1: Where to Start?  →  October 19, 2023 Have you thought about exiting your […]

09/21/2023

Learn about Federal Innovation Grants – Free event (Oct. 10)

Do you have a unique idea or innovative technology & need research funding to launch? The event goes from 5:30 pm to 8 pm Network and connect with the CT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Consortium. Our services and offerings are aimed at helping entrepreneurs get the assistance and […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Taller 2023
08/11/2023

Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana (Sep. 27)

En honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana (Hispanic Heritage Month), los SBDC de New York y Connecticut te invitamos a participar en nuestro Taller Virtual donde abordaremos temas clave para emprendedores hispanos. Aprenderás valiosas estrategias y consejos prácticos para iniciar y hacer crecer tu negocio. En este taller virtual, exploraremos los siguientes temas: Cómo […]

Black Business Month Event, Bridgeport Conn., August 2023
07/28/2023

Black Business Month – Empowering Entrepreneurs (Aug. 24)

The Southern Connecticut Black Chamber, Bridgeport OIC, SCORE, and CT Small Business Development Center invite you to join us for this in-person event honoring Black Business Month, designed to empower you as a business owner and entrepreneur to tap into a resource bonanza. Join us in Bridgeport, Conn., for a panel presentation introducing you to […]

Small Business Two-Part Series on Reducing Risk and Understanding Funding Opportunities
07/24/2023

Reducing Risk and Understanding Funding Opportunities (Aug. 15 & 29)

In partnership with the Tolland County Chamber, the CT Small Business Development Center brings you a two-part series to help your small business level up. AUGUST 15 The first session will cover Reducing Risk. When managing a small business, not only are you dealing with the day-to-day, but there are many other compliance elements you […]

CTSBDC Export Services
03/01/2023

Working with Companies to Export Services [Webinar Recording]

This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 3/22/2023 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 […]

02/22/2024

Fortify your Business: Fraud Awareness Seminar for Small Businesses

Are you worried about the growing threat of fraud impacting your business’s bottom line? When: February 28, 8:30 am to 11:30 am Where: Woodbridge, CT Join us for an essential seminar tailored specifically to address the unique challenges faced by small businesses in combating fraud. In this seminar, you’ll discover: The most common types of […]

03/21/2023

Your Guide to CT Paid Leave & Important Deadlines

If you’re an employer with one or more workers in Connecticut, CT Paid Leave applies to you. Join this webinar for an overview of the paid leave program and Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act, how workers can apply for paid leave, and what you as an employer need to do to comply with the […]

03/20/2023

MyCTSavings Info Webinar

Join staff from the MyCTSavings program to find out if your business qualifies for this retirement savings program, and as a business owner, what you need to do to comply with the law. The program is offered through the Office of the State Comptroller and there is no cost to employers to participate. When employers […]

CTSBDC Export Services
03/01/2023

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) Program
12/01/2022

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 […]

Exporting Series CTSBDC
02/22/2023

Export Series 2023!

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 […]

Procurement Webinar
12/01/2022

Strategic Procurement in NYC, NYS [Webinar Recording]

This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 12/15/2022 Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Manhattan Center and the CT Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) to learn about contracting as a Connecticut-based business with New York City and New York State, including: Procurement opportunities and how to find them. Getting […]

Procurement Webinar
12/01/2022

Strategic Procurement in NYC, NYS for CT Businesses (Dec. 15)

Live webinar event: December 15, 2022, 1 PM Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Manhattan Center and the CT Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) to learn about contracting with New York City and New York State, including: Procurement opportunities and how to find them. Getting certified as a Minority or Women-Owned business with […]

07/27/2022

COVID EIDL Borrower Info Session (Dec. 6)

Live webinar event: December 6, 2022, 1 PM COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) deferment periods are approaching an end. As such, business owners must start preparing to make payments. The following are key points and resources for all COVID EIDL borrowers. Register to join SBA for an informative webinar on your COVID Economic Injury […]

07/27/2022

Marketing: Understanding Your Customers [Webinar Recording]

This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 9.29.2022 You’ve built a small customer base, and now you need more customers to grow your business. You know you should be marketing and using social media. But, your budget is tight, and you don’t want to waste your time and money on things […]

07/27/2022

COVID EIDL Borrower Info Session (Nov. 1)

Live webinar event: November 1, 2022, 11 AM COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) deferment periods are approaching an end. As such, business owners must start preparing to make payments. The following are key points and resources for all COVID EIDL borrowers. Register to join SBA for an informative webinar on your COVID Economic Injury […]

07/27/2022

COVID EIDL Borrower Info Session (Oct. 4)

Live webinar event: October 4, 2022, 11 AM COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) deferment periods are approaching an end. As such, business owners must start preparing to make payments. The following are key points and resources for all COVID EIDL borrowers. Register to join SBA for an informative webinar on your COVID Economic Injury […]

07/27/2022

Marketing: Understanding Your Customers (Sept. 29)

Live webinar event: September 29, 2022, 11 AM You’ve built a small customer base, and now you need more customers to grow your business. You know you should be marketing and using social media. But, your budget is tight, and you don’t want to waste your time and money on things that won’t bring you […]

Veteran Business Resource Fair and Expo (In-Person Event)

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is proud to participate in the Veteran Business Resource Fair and Expo organized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We invite you to join us for a ribbon cutting of renovated Building 50 and Veteran Business Resource Fair. Building 50’s focus is on supporting Veterans and Veteran Service Organizations. […]

07/27/2022

Keeping Your Business Cyber Secure [Webinar Recording]

Cybercriminals target businesses of all sizes. Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them into practice will help you protect your business and reduce the risk of a cyber attack. At the CT Small Business Development Center, we can support you in developing your NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework, which in our […]

07/27/2022

CT Small Business Boost Fund [Webinar Recording]

On Monday, July 25, 2022, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a new, low-interest loan program supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, the CT Small Business Boost Fund. The program gives small business owners access to flexible funding for capital expenditures and working capital and connects them with support services like […]

07/27/2022

CT Small Business Boost Fund – Multiple Dates

Live webinar series: Tuesdays 11 AM & Thursdays 1 PM (Links Below) On Monday, July 25, 2022, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a new, low-interest loan program supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development. The program gives small business owners access to flexible funding for capital expenditures and working capital and […]

07/27/2022

Keeping Your Business Cyber Secure (August 11)

Live webinar event: August 11, 2022, 11 AM Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes. Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them into practice will help you protect your business and reduce the risk of a cyber attack. At the CT Small Business Development Center, we can support you in developing your NIST (National Institute […]

06/30/2022

Employee Retention Tax Credits [Webinar Recording]

This is a recording of the live webinar event held on June 28, 2022 With the various relief programs available during the pandemic, this important tax credit introduced with the CARES Act has become overlooked by many. If you are a small business with 500 employees or less, your business may be eligible to receive […]

06/30/2022

Patent Basics with US Patents & Trademarks Office (July 26)

Live webinar event: July 26, 2022, 11 AM Whether you are an entrepreneur, inventor, new or existing business owner, you may be considering patenting a product, process, or tool. If you have done any digging, or you have done this before, you know it can get expensive very quickly. Join us and USPTO’s Primary Patent […]

06/01/2022

Employee Retention Tax Credits – There’s Still Time! (Jun. 28)

Live webinar event: June 28, 2022, 11 AM With the various relief programs available during the pandemic, this important tax credit introduced with the CARES Act has become overlooked by many. If you are a small business with 500 employees or less, your business may be eligible to receive up to 50% of qualifying wages […]

02/21/2022

Intellectual Property: Pro Bono Resources [Webinar Recording]

Intellectual Property: Pro Bono Resources This is a recording of the live webinar event held on 02.17.2022 Don’t let the legal costs of protecting your ideas and work stop you from moving forward. The Connecticut Small Business Development Center welcomes the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and UCONN Law School IP Clinic to overview […]

01/04/2022

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

The new CT paid leave law has gone into effect as of 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 […]

02/23/2022

Global Supply Chains in a Post Covid-19 World (Feb. 23)

Global Supply Chains in a Post COVID-19 World February 23, 2022, 11 AM to 12:30 PM The Rhode Island SBDC in partnership with the Connecticut SBDC invite you to the following event: Due to the COVID pandemic and the worldwide decisions following, there are many unprecedented challenges that all businesses are facing. We are offering […]

02/17/2022

Intellectual Property: Pro Bono Resources [That Means Free!] (Feb. 17)

Intellectual Property: Pro Bono Resources February 17, 2022, 11 AM to 12:00 PM Don’t let the legal costs of protecting your ideas and work stop you from moving forward. The Connecticut Small Business Development Center welcomes the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and UCONN Law School IP Clinic to overview the free resources available […]

Implementing the New CT Paid Leave Program [Webinar Recording]

This webinar held live on Dec. 21st contains updates related to new documents and templates released by the CT Paid Authority in mid-December. The new CT paid leave law goes into effect on January 1, 2022. Is your small business prepared? The Connecticut Small Business Development Center along with experts from The Human Resources Consulting Group will […]

Copyright Basics: Considerations for Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recording]

This is a recording of the live webinar event held on Nov. 18, 2021 If you are an entrepreneur, you cannot afford to ignore copyrights. Join experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs to learn the basics of copyright protection and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement. Then, CTSBDC will discuss the support […]

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 Learn how to sell your products online. We’ll walk through listing […]

10/27/2021

5 Pages Every Business Website Needs

Is your business website working for you? Join CTSBDC Business Advisor Mary Kay Della Camera and Web Developer John Tusch for this helpful overview of the importance of strong content and what pages business owners should consider when developing their own website or working with a developer. John will provide the top 5 pages businesses […]

10/15/2021

Cybersecurity Standards Act: What Does It Mean for My Small Business? [Webinar Recording]

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 […]

10/21/2021

Cybersecurity Standards for HIPAA-Compliant Businesses [Webinar Recording]

As a healthcare organization, it is imperative that you are familiar with HIPAA guidelines and how they can affect your business. For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Connecticut Small Business Development Center hosted an informational webinar with Charles IT to cover HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, new guidelines for 2021, and how the new Cybersecurity Safe Harbor […]

10/28/2021

CMMC Security: Compliance & Common Pitfalls [Webinar Recording]

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 […]

11/18/2021

Copyright Basics and Considerations for Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur, you cannot afford to ignore copyrights. Join experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs to learn the basics of copyright protection and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement. Then, CTSBDC will discuss support available to small businesses looking to obtain a copyright. This webinar is designed […]

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. […]

03/23/2021

Women in Business: Juggling Entrepreneurship with Real Life

March 23, 2021 @ Noon Connecticut Small Business Development Center will host a panel of female entrepreneurs to discuss how they have navigated the unique challenges their business has faced during the pandemic.  This panel will offer all hardworking small business owners the opportunity to listen and learn from their struggles and successes. Register now

02/12/2021

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps [Webinar Recording]

Reach more customers online with Google (This is a recording of the live webinar held on 12-9-2020) Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, […]

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 […]

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 […]