Business Tips

November 5, 2021

Small Business Saturday 2021

Shop small this holiday season! Check out a listing below of events happening across the state this holiday season as consumers are getting ready for the holidays. Supporting local businesses is always important but perhaps even more so now as businesses continue to recover from the pandemic.

November 2, 2021

Getting Your Veteran-Owned Small Business Certified

The Vets First Verification Program helps Veteran Businesses and Serviced Disable Veteran Businesses apply for set asides for the VA. These opportunities to sell to the VA are only available to certified businesses. Small businesses that are Veteran-Owned should consider applying for certification for their business, whether it is their Veteran Owned Small Business Certification […]

October 4, 2021

Labor Law Impacting Lodging, Food Industry, and Building Services

As small businesses juggle the many challenges and changes brought on by the pandemic, we wanted to make sure to bring this to your attention in case you missed it. Please take time to consider the information presented below, as non-compliance with this new law may result in legal action from laid-off employees. If you […]

September 10, 2021

How to Support Small Businesses During Small Business Week

September 13 marks the start of the 2021 Small Business Week. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As a small business owner, you can attend the 2021 National Small Business Week Virtual […]

July 30, 2021

How the New Marijuana Law Impacts Employers in Connecticut

On June 22, 2021, Governor Lamont signed the Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis into law, legalizing the use of recreational marijuana in our state. The new law allows adults (21 and older) to have on their person up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana or have up to 5 ounces in a […]

June 23, 2021

PPP Forgiveness Tips

The deadline to apply for forgiveness for Round 1 of your Paycheck Protection Program loan may be around the corner. Make sure you are familiar with the specifics when applying. Here are a few tips we wanted to share with you to maximize forgiveness: Remember: You can apply for forgiveness at any time up to […]

June 10, 2021

Hiring Resources

The state is open. Customers are getting vaccinated in record numbers. Businesses are ramping up and are looking to hire staff. If you are looking to recruit staff, interview, or train – all while trying to get back to business after the pandemic – we have pulled together a variety of resources that can help […]

March 3, 2021

Delegating Responsibility

Whether you are new to business or have been doing things by yourself for some time, it can be challenging to consider delegating some of your responsibilities to others. Instead, it tends to feel more comfortable making decisions on your own. Yet, it gets to a point where you can either run the business or […]

February 8, 2021

AFWERX SBIR/STTR Open Topic: What you need to know

What is SBIR and STTR? Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer are programs offered by the federal government to encourage small businesses to submit proposals with their technology. This opportunity is significant for small businesses that are looking to explore their technological potential but don’t necessarily have all the resources needed to […]

February 8, 2021

What Employers Need to Know about CT Paid Family Leave Act

About the CT Paid Leave Act Starting January 1, 2021 private sector employers with one or more employees will need to begin withholding a payroll deduction of one-half of one percent (0.5%) in compliance with the CT Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (CT PFMLA).  The CT PFMLA allows eligible employees to be compensated while […]