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      Connecticut Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Connecticut SBDC Establishes Partnerships with Chambers of
Commerce to Assist State’s Small Businesses
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) is launching a new
partnership with ten regional Chambers of Commerce across Connecticut, bringing their
expertise in helping small businesses right into the offices of the state’s leading
commerce organizations – and closer to the businesses they serve.

SBDC, whose primary mission is to assist in the creation and growth of small business in
Connecticut, will send key staff members from its five Connecticut offices directly to
Chamber offices twice each month, where the representatives will spend the day in one-
on-one counseling sessions and providing other pertinent information to individuals
interested in starting a business or seeking guidance for their small businesses.

“This collaborative agreement between the SBDC and the regional Chambers of
Commerce brings us closer to our mission of helping to grow existing Connecticut
companies. Chamber members are vital to the Connecticut economy. We look forward
to working with these business owners to keep them strong,” said Ginne Rae Clay-
Gilmore, State Director of SBDC.

Participating Chambers of Commerce in the new program include: Central Connecticut
Chamber of Commerce (Bristol), Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
(Middletown), Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce (Waterbury), Greater New
Haven Chamber of Commerce (New Haven), Business Council of Fairfield County
(Stamford), Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce (Danbury), Bridgeport Regional
Business Council (Bridgeport), MetroHartford Alliance (Hartford), Chamber of Commerce
of Eastern Connecticut (Gales Ferry), and the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest
Connecticut (Torrington).

“Especially during a time of economic challenges that often find our small business
caught in the middle between higher supplier costs and a desire to keep down costs to
consumers, SBDC’s technical expertise and assistance will be most welcome,” said
Greater New Haven Chamber President Anthony Rescigno.

The partnership is being kicked-off this month, when the SBDC business development
staff will hold office hours on two Thursday each month at each chamber. Contact the
chambers listed for the exact Thursdays the SBDC representatives will hold office hours.
As part of the agreement, SBDC will provide training to Chamber staff regarding SBDC
programs and services, and conduct workshops and seminars throughout the year in the
market areas served by the Chambers. The Chambers will assist members in
scheduling appointments with SBDC representatives during their on-site days at the
respective Chambers, and the SBDC and Chambers will collaborate in publicizing the
availability of the sessions to Chamber members and the public.

The regional SBDC offices in Connecticut – a partnership between the Connecticut State
University System (CSUS), the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), the
Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the private sector –
are staffed by professional business counselors who provide one-on-one counseling and
technical assistance without charge to Connecticut’s small business community.

Connecticut SBDC services range from information on how to obtain the requisite state
licenses to complete business planning. Small business training and educational
workshops are also conducted throughout the state, on topics including: fundamentals of
operating a business, business plan development, financial analysis, international
business, loan packaging, management and marketing.

SBDC’s executive offices are in New Britain at Central Connecticut State University, with
regional offices at the CSUS universities in Willimantic at Eastern Connecticut State
University, New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University and Danbury at
Western Connecticut State University, as well as in Hartford at the Department of
Economic and Community Development.

For further information about the services available from SBDC, individuals may contact
860-832-0650 or their local Chamber of Commerce. The website
also provides additional information about SBDC services.


SBDC Executive Office
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)
185 Main Street, ITBD Building, New Britain, CT 06051
Phone: 860-832-0650

Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU)
83 Windham Street, Beckert Hall, Willimantic, CT 06226

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)
501 Crescent Street, Old Student Center, Room 104, New Haven, CT 06515

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU)
181 White Street, Ancell School of Business, Danbury, CT 06810

Department of Economic Community Development (DECD)
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106

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