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Connecticut Small Business Development Center

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides no-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.

CTSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Connecticut. The SBDC program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government with a proven track record of providing almost 35 years of service to small businesses.


The CTSBDC makes it easy for you to learn what you need to know about doing business in our state. Our knowledgeable team will help you clarify your needs and explain requirements for your business type. We work closely with state, regional and local organizations to help you get the answers you need to succeed.

Our services are custom-designed for your business and we service all types of business from home-based to high-tech and more.

Services include:

  • Business plan review
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Guidance with loan and grant applications
  • Marketing and social media
  • International trade
  • Inventory control management
  • Market research
  • Management and personnel expertise
  • Emergency preparedness
The Business Advising team is comprised of 12 CTSBDC expertly trained professionals, some of which are entrepreneurs, who collectively have more than 225 years of experience supporting small businesses.  Request Business Advising. 
This program thrives because the advisors are embedded into the communities where small businesses exist. CTSBDC clients create viable businesses, generate long-term jobs and access more money to expand and start businesses with our help.

To request business advising, you must complete a secure, short form that is sent to the lead office in Storrs. You will be contacted by an intake professional to review your request and to match you with the business advisor who specializes in your product or service and/or in your community.

All clients, their businesses and related information are kept strictly confidential. We will not sell or provide your information to anyone without your permission.