Entrepreneurial Resources

Here is a list of resources that will help you address the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as start and grow your small business. Don't forget to also check out our upcoming programs and free business advising services.

Coping with COVID-19

  • Join our Center's weekly newsletter here. Every newsletter includes the latest on crisis funding opportunities, tips for addressing the current situation, and inspirational stories on how small businesses are adapting. We all could use a little inspiration now!
  • Coping with COVID-19 Together: Join us every Thursday for this free webinar. Sign up for the newsletter to receive the link.

Getting Started

Connecticut's Secretary of State
  • Use the Business Startup Tool to register your business and learn more about the steps to start a business in Connecticut.
  • Find out if a business name is already in use. Visit CONCORD.
Connecticut ECONOMIC RESOURCE 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 CERC.
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 the 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 to read more.

Business Planning

Small Business Administration

See their Business Plan Overview.


View their Business Planning Tools.

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.



SCORE offers numerous templates and tools, including financial templates.

Small Business Administration

Visit the SBA Loan Programs website.

Community Investment Corporation

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

Community Economic Development Fund

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

Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO)

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

Small Business Express Program (EXP)

The Department of Economic and Community Development offers the Small Business Express Program, which includes loans and grants.

Connecticut Innovations

Debt and equity financing. Visit the 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 the website.

Angel Investment Forum

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


IRS Webinars for Small Businesses
See a list online.

Protecting Intellectual Property

US Patent & Trademark Office

Visit the website.

US Copyright Office

Visit the website.

Legal Issues

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

Government Contracting

SBA Government Contracting Portal

Visit the website.

SBA and Women-Owned Businesses

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program: visit the website.

CT Department of Administrative Service Supplier Diversity

Visit the website.

Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance CENTER

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


Non-Profit Resources


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


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


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

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