National Business Resources
National SCORE - Numerous, good resources for entrepreneurs on topics including; Starting Up, Financing, Marketing (including online), Managing and Technology.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business - Looking to start a business? Search through these resources for startup ideas and guides on how to start a business. Here you will find wisdom on what makes a startup successful, questions to ask yourself before taking the leap and ways to start your new business while keeping your day job. This Startup Basics Center of Excellence is sponsored by Canon U.S.A. in partnership with the SCORE Foundation.
Also, check our out our six-part Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workshop series found by selecting Take a Workshop above.
Small Business Administration (SBA) - A generally useful site with information on Services relevant for small businesses being the most helpful. Services, for example, include grants, disaster assistance, government contracting opportunities and resources for veterans.
Federal Government - This is the general purpose portal to the US Government. Very rich in possible resources, but requires a solid time investment to make good use of it.
Small Business Legal Resources - "Nolo" is a commercial site but offers good, plain English explanations on just about any legal topic in which you are likely to have an interest; LLC's and other business structures, patents, copyrights, hiring, termination, wills and estates, etc. Use this site to help inform yourself on the basics. We would suggest, however, seeking professional legal help before proceeding on any of those topics.
US Commerce Dept. (Export Site) - If your company is involved with exporting, an informative site. Also generally useful on other aspects of international trade.
Internal Revenue Service - Tax Forms and everything else that you always wanted to know about federal taxes.
Connecticut & Regional Business Resources
Frequently Asked Questions for Starting a Business in Connecticut - Get answers to many common start-up questions.
Better Business Bureau - A good first step in checking out possible vendors or business partners.
CBIA (CT Bus. & Industry Assoc.) - Helpful referral site for CT businesses. Most practical and useful topics are "Insurance and Employee Benefits" and "Human Resources and Safety"
CEIS (CT Department of Economic Development) - Links to financing, tax programs, technical assistance and grants specific to CT.
CERC - CT Economic Resource Center - This is a CT non-profit geared toward marketing and research services.
CLIC ( CT Licensing Information Center) - This should be an entrepreneur's first stop in learning about licensing and permitting requirements for operating a business in CT. Practical and helpful. "Smart Start", particularly helpful.
Connecticut Government ( Doing Business with the State) - Good section on procurement opportunities with the State.
Connecticut Works - Helpful site for CT Human Resources and Labor related information.
Department of Revenue Services - Tax forms and information.
Department of Transportation - For entrepreneurs, the useful parts of this site relate to Bids and RFP's and licensing information.
Women's Business Development Council - Non-profit micro-enterprise development organization whose goal is to increase economic independence for women.
Small Business Development Center of Connecticut - Provides professional consulting, workshops and educational programs.
Entrepreneurial Women's Network Fairfield County - Network to develop the business talents, capabilities, leadership and skills of entrepreneurial women
Minority Development Council - Dedicated to significantly increasing the procurement opportunities between corporate members and certified minority-owned businesses.
Connecticut Economic Development Fund - Provides Alternative Funding to assist small business owners who have problems obtaining traditional financing.