Additional Entrepreneurial Resources

Here is a list of resources that will help you start and grow your small business. Don't forget to also check out our upcoming programs and free business advising services.

Getting Started


Use the Business Startup Tool to register your business and learn more about the steps to start a business in Connecticut.

Apply for an EIN, Employer Identification Number, online.

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

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

Check out for sample business plans.


SCORE offers numerous templates and tools, including financial templates.

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

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

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

Debt and equity financing. Visit the website.

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

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


See a list online.

Protecting Intellectual Property

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

Government Contracting


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

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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.

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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