Business Assistance

State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy.

The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture. Specifically, the department:

  • Supports existing businesses and attracts new businesses and jobs with a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper;
  • Promotes Connecticut industries and businesses here at home, throughout the country and across the globe;
  • Strengthens Connecticut’s communities by providing funding and technical support for local community and economic development projects;
  • Works to make tourism a leading economic contributor and a source of pride for Connecticut;
  • Develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors; and
  • Helps to eliminate brownfield properties by promoting smart growth principles, strengthening public/private partnerships and providing a one-stop resource for expertise.

P 860 500 2300

CT Data Collaborative

Striving for informed decision-making across Connecticut, we empower an ecosystem of data users by democratizing access to public data and building data literacy.


AdvanceCT has its finger on the pulse of Connecticut's economic competitiveness and political environment, strong connections to the state's business and economic development communities, and a vision of collaboration to create a more prosperous home for residents and companies.
P 860 571 7136

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA recognizes that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The contact for Greater New Haven is Joe Williams.

P 860 240 4700

Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS)

CEDAS has developed a certification program to encourage best practices in municipal economic development and land use to spur continuous improvement. The program is intended to drive communities to pursue excellence in land use and economic development practices and to recognize the communities that have established best practices.

In the pursuit of best practices, planners and economic development professionals can use this program to engage community stakeholders in discussions about how to achieve higher standards and develop creative, community specific ways to implement them.

Community Economic Development Fund

The mission of the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is to strengthen neighborhood economies by providing flexible financing, technical support and educational opportunities to businesses, community organizations and initiatives in communities throughout Connecticut.

P 203 235 2333

Spanish American Merchants Association

SAMA is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 and incorporated in the State of Connecticut in 1997 by a group of Hispanic merchants to provide small business owners with the opportunity to have a rewarding career and financial independence. SAMA provides technical assistance, educational programs and loan programs for its members, and offers its services throughout Connecticut.
P 203 865 0522


At DataHaven, our mission is to empower people to create thriving communities by collecting and ensuring access to data on well-being, equity, and quality of life. We have served Greater New Haven and Connecticut as a nonprofit organization since 1992, working with many partners to develop reports, tools, and technical assistance programs that make information more useful to local communities.
P 203 500 7059

New Haven SCORE

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.
P 203 234 6305

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