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Virtual Business Resource Center

Starting a Business? Or looking for Assistance?  - This page offers resources for business on a Federal, State and Local level

Resources to start or grow your business
Small Business

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business

Small Business

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.


Connecticut District Office

280 Trumbull Street Second Floor

Hartford, CT 06103

United States

Phone: 860-240-4700

Fax: 860-240-4659

Bridgeport Branch SBA Office
915 Lafayette Blvd. Room 214
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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State of Connecticut
Business Portal

Learn about the many reasons Connecticut is a great place to start or grow a business 

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State of Connecticut
Secretary of State

The act of filing with our office legally forms the business entity. (See C.G.S. § 34-247(d) (“A limited liability company is formed on the date and at the time of its filing by the Secretary of the State…”

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State of Connecticut
Economic and Community

Valuable information on the many  programs and services offered to help businesses grow and succeed

Connecticut Economic
Resource Center

CERC drives economic development in Connecticut by providing research‐based data, planning and implementation strategies to foster business formation, recruitment and growth.

Community Economic
Development Fund

We serve Connecticut small business owners, primarily in low-to-moderate income communities, who are not able to obtain traditional bank financing. We offer loans, advice, business education and more.

Women’s Business Development Council

The Women’s Business Development Council educates, motivates and empowers women to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.


SCORE is a 501 nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to prospective and established small business owners in the United States

New Haven

The volunteer business professionals at New Haven SCORE are expert in a wide range of essential areas of business and commerce and offer private mentoring and a variety of workshops and seminars.






PHONE:(203) 865-7645

Small Business Development Center - CT

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides advising, training, and resources to help Connecticut’s business start, grow, and thrive. We have a staff of full-time, paid business advisors throughout the state to provide no-cost advising and other services to new and existing business owners.

New Haven EDC/
Rex Development

With eight colleges and universities, we offer a specialized workforce tailored to meet the needs of our diverse key industries.  Located in the heart of the NYC and Boston metro areas, the world is truly at our door.  And Greater New Haven is known around the globe for our iconic brands including PEZ®, Subway®, Sargent Lock/ASSA ABLOY®, Laticrete® and many more.

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Visit New Haven

There is something for everyone in the New Haven area. Whether you’re a resident looking to discover new parts of the region for the first time, or a first-time visitor hoping to fit the “best of” into a day, weekend, week or longer, you can’t go wrong. It’s all waiting for you. So start exploring!

City of West Haven
Planning & Development

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for the current and future physical development of the City of West Haven. Within the department are the Building Department, the Community Development Administration and the Grants Office.

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Health Department

Most of our work is behind the scenes: inspecting restaurants, testing the bathing waters at public beaches and pools, following up on infectious diseases to prevent their spread, promoting and offering timely immunizations, monitoring and prevention of lead poisoning, inspecting day care centers and schools, and a wide variety of other efforts to limit or prevent disease.

City of West Haven
City Clerk

The Office of the City Clerk records all land records and trade names.

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Assessor's Office

The Office of the Assessor maintains an up-to-date inventory of all property, including land and improvements, changes in ownership, new construction, alterations to property and subdivisions filed as of the assessment date.
We also maintain the personal property lists by owner and businesses as well as Connecticut-registered motor vehicles and owners.

We are currently looking for Chamber members to hold free Business Counseling Sessions. These sessions are open to members and the public as part of our continued process of empowering and encouraging start-ups and elevating established businesses.


These sessions are hosted by Nageen Riffat, founder of Nyn's Dreams.

If interested contact Director Alan Olenick at

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