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Entrepreneurial Resources Guide

Here are resources that entrepreneurs will find helpful. You may expand all of the categories simultaneously by clicking "Expand All" at the bottom of the page. NOTE: Inclusion in the resources list does not indicate qualified endorsement of the material on the part of the Entrepreneurial Center and Women's Business Center.

Getting Started

Small Business Administration

Connecticut's Secretary of State

  • Utilize their Business Startup Tool to register your business and learn more about the steps to starting a business in Connecticut.
  • Find out if a business name is already in use. Visit CONCORD.

Connecticut's Business Response Center

  • Step by step guide on how to start a business in Connecticut  
  • Access to the licensing information needed to start, expand or relocate a business in Connecticut
  • Visit website.

Internal Revenue Service

Apply for an EIN, Employer Identification Number, online.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Find out if a business name has been protected on the federal level. Visit website.

Domain Name Search

When choosing your business name, verify that the domain name is available. There are many companies available where you can do a free search. Here are a few: Directnic, Network Solutions, 1&1, NameCheap, GoDaddy.


Is a franchising the right pathway for you? Visit Frannet.

Nolo - Startup Checklist

Startup list of "50 Things You'll Need to Do": click here.

Business Planning

Small Business Administration


Sample Business Plans

Check out for sample business plans.

Sample Marketing Plans

Check out for sample marketing plans.

SABA - HR Forms

SABA offers free Human Resources forms and templates here.



SCORE offers numerous templates and tools, including a Financial Templates.

Small Business Administration

Connecticut Community Investment Corporation

Provides  financing for small business entrepreneurs in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Visit website.

Community Economic Development Fund

Provides access to capital and technical assistance to small businesses to support community economic development. Visit website.

Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO)

Loans, Technical Assistance, and Incubator Space available. Visit website.

Small Business Express Program (EXP)

The Department of Economic and Community Development offers the Small Business Express Program, which includes loans and grants. Call 844.257.9503 for more information.

Connecticut Innovations

Debt and equity financing. Visit website.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Acceleration and Commercialization program offers grants to support federal SBIR/STTR grant projects. Visit website.

Angel Investment Forum

The Angel Investor Forum is a group of investors who invest their own money in startup companies. Visit website.


IRS Webinars for Small Businesses

See a list here.

Protecting Intellectual Property

US Patent & Trademark Office

Visit website.

US Copyright Office

Visit website.

Legal Issues

UCONN's Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurshipo Law Clinic helps small businesses with patent, trademark and copyright licensing. Visit website.

Government Contracting

SBA Government Contracting Portal

Visit website.

SBA and Women Owned Businesses

Visit website.

CT Department of Administrative Service Supplier Diversity

Visit website.

Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Offers one-on-one counseling and training. Visit website.

Department of Economic and Community Development

Call 844.257.9503 for more information on accessing state contracts.

Non-Profit Resources


National organization focused exclusively on nonprofit governance. Many learning materials and research information on non-profit issues. Visit website.


A complete source of information about US charities and other nonprofit organizations. Links to identify public foundations for grant research. Visit website.


Connecting your nonprofit, charity, foundation, or public library with technology products and services, plus the free learning resources. Low- or no-cost business software and technical information. Visit website.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Community foundation for the Capitol Region of Connecticut, committed to bringing together resources, both human and financial, to improve the lives of all residents. Visit website.

Connecticut Nonprofit Center

The Center serves as home to multiple nonprofit organizations who share space, resources and services. Members of the Center gain the tools they need to accelerate their missions and deepen their impact. Visit website.


Find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world. Visit website.