Business Resources

Support Services

U.S. Small Business AdministrationCreated in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

CT Business One Stop – Your one stop for doing business in Connecticut. No matter your business needs, we’re here to help.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center Connecticut Small Business Development Center’s trained and experienced full-time advisors work with a variety of small businesses in all industries and stages of development by providing no-cost advisory services.

SCORE – The nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, we have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs.

Women’s Business Development Council – Women’s Business Development Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help women thrive in business. We believe that when desire, education, and preparation come together, opportunities are created, ideas are ignited, and economies are expanded.

Community Economic Development Fund -The Community Economic Development Fund or CEDF is a mission-driven, nonprofit, Connecticut economic development organization. We provide business loans in disadvantaged communities defined by the state. In other Connecticut municipalities we lend to business borrowers with household incomes below the state median.

Association of Women’s Business Centers – The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 150,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

U.S. Business Grants – We are committed to assisting small businesses find, apply, qualify for and receive grants. Grant funding means that the money does not have to be repaid. This is much different than a business loan, which does require repayment with interest. Our mission is to help you navigate the grant process from applying to receiving funds.

Federal Resources for Small Businesses – This platform provides small businesses with access to a consolidation of COVID-19 related information and resources from multiple federal agencies. This site is developed through a partnership between the Association of Women Business Center and America’s SBDC and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Connecticut Paid Leave –  At the CT Paid Leave Authority, it is our mission to provide employees pathways to accessible paid family leave benefits. We also empower employers, administrators and healthcare providers by offering helpful tools for understanding their vital roles and provide support to navigate our program.

Small Business Hub – A virtual space with strategies for researching the steps of starting, growing, and closing a small business. Use the Hub to find recommended resources or schedule a time to talk with a business librarian.

Newtown & Other Local Resources