2023 Connecticut’s First Capital Matchmaker: CT Small Business Development Center Teams Up with Small Business Administration, Paving the Way for Success Among Small Business Owners and Lenders


The collaborative effort between the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) – Connecticut District Office culminated in an immensely successful event: Connecticut’s 1st Capital Matchmaker on November 1, 2023 – one of the Small Business highlights of 2023. This event served as a pivotal platform, connecting small business owners and lenders, and fostering invaluable one-to-one interactions that proved instrumental in amplifying mutual understanding and collaboration.

Business Empowerment: Insights, Advice, and Financing Tips for Success!

Small business owners were able to meet with staff from 19 lending organizations to get direct insight into the lender’s loan program terms and application process. Participants shared their business financing plans and received advice about how lenders view similar plans. Participants also had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on the theme of “Getting to Yes” which features three lenders sharing their perspective on what makes applicants attractive to lenders. Additionally, two workshops, focusing on business plans and accessing capital, provided attendees with hands-on, practical tips.

Thanks to Our Partners!

Gratitude is also extended to SCORE New Haven County and the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) for their invaluable contributions through workshop participation. Furthermore, the event owes its success to the support provided by our host, Southern Connecticut State University School of Business.
“Our partnership with the SBA for Connecticut’s 1st Capital Matchmaker underscored the vital connections and insights crucial for small business success,” said Joe Ercolano, CTSBDC State Director.

We express our gratitude to all lenders and participating institutions for their unwavering support. The resounding success of the first edition has ignited anticipation for the upcoming second edition, slated for the spring of 2024, promising further opportunities for collaboration and growth.

See you next year!