DECD: Small Business Technical Assistance

Small Business Technical Assistance
 
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), both directly and through its partner network, offers a broad range of programs and services to help businesses maintain their competitive edge. These programs and services include:
  • new business opportunities in government bid work;
  • financial resources for land, buildings, machinery and equipment and working capital;
  • utility rate incentives for energy conservation/loan management;
  • workforce development and training assistance;
  • engineering assistance with issues such as ISO certification, lean manufacturing, plant layout and supply chain management;
  • site selection assistance for new business facilities;
  • fast-tracking of permits through state and local regulatory agencies;
  • export assistance; and
  • energy cost reductions through the use of sustainable energy products such as solar, wind and fuel cells.
Organizations providing technical assistance include:
 
Connecticut State Technology Extension Program (CONNSTEP) – Engineering and technical support for small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. 

 
University of Connecticut Innovation Portal - Assists existing companies seeking assistance with technology related issues and/or entrepreneurs developing new tech-related products and forming new tech-based firms.
 
Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) – Technical training, skill development, industrial modernization, marketing, financial and networking opportunities.
 
Procurement Technology Assistance Program (PTAP) – Marketing assistance for Connecticut businesses that sell or wish to sell products and services to federal, state and local government.
 
Small Business Administration (SBA) – Management information for small business owners. 
 
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Professional confidential, one-on-one business counseling services to small business owners throughout the state.
 
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) - Helps private and public entities to apply innovative tools and practices to increase efficiencies, improve workforce development and boost competitiveness. 

Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) – CERC manages and supports programs for business attraction, formation and expansion including: (1) Connecticut's Business Response Center - offering a wealth of information on federal, state, regional and local business assistance programs through a database called CERC ProgramFinder and (2) Smart Start - a state program created to assist business owners with business registration, licensing and permitting. 
 
Connecticut Licensing Information Center (CLIC) – In conjunction with Connecticut's Business Response Center, CT-CLIC provides free online information about business requirements and application forms as well as personalized assistance service related to the state's business licensing and registration process at no cost to new and expanding businesses.
 
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Overview and insight on the process of establishing and operating a business.
 
Department of Labor (DOL) – Full range of employment and training services.
 
Turnaround Management Association (TMA) – Provides technical assistance for businesses experiencing significant difficulties.  Turnaround practitioners provide independent and confidential reviews of companies' markets, finances and management.  Specialists also provide assistance in development of strategic plans to improve business.
 
New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC) – Cost-shared assistance for import-injured manufacturers.
 
Institute for Sustainable Energy – Focuses on matters relating to energy education, energy policy, energy efficiency, energy conservation and load management, renewable energy, distributed generation, protection of environmental resources, and the dissemination of information on energy alternatives and sustainability.
 
Energy Conservation – Conservation and load management assistance through the utility companies.                Eversource       United Illuminating
 
Middletown Export Assistance Center – The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small to medium-sized companies develop and achieve their exporting strategies. Domestically, the Commercial Service team is located throughout the country in offices known as the U.S. Export Assistance Centers. The U.S. Export Assistance Center in Middletown assists Connecticut companies leveraging the resources of their vast network.
 
DECD International – Serves as the lead facilitator and strategic catalyst of international activity within the state. DECD achieves its mission of increasing the global competitiveness of Connecticut businesses by developing two-way trade and investment opportunities; by helping these businesses enter new markets and expand their global business base; by aggressively pursuing foreign direct investment opportunities; and by building public/private strategic partnerships.
 
Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research Office (CT SBIR) – Helps high-tech small businesses and entrepreneurs compete for and win federal SBIR/STTR awards. They facilitate commercialization by collaborating with industry, government and academia.
 
Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) – Offers business programs and services that provide entrepreneurial education, financial training and small business advice to women.
 
University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center – Supports aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and growing businesses.  They also offer regular business classes and workshops to help start and grow your business.
 
Secretary of the State - Commercial Recording Division  - Files and maintains legally required records showing the formation of and fundamental changes to corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and other businesses.
 
DECD's Office of Permit Ombudsman - Works with Connecticut companies seeking permits from the state departments of Environmental Protection, Public Health and Transportation.
 

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