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Bridge Loans

How to Create an Emergency Fund

  • How much cash will you need in an emergency and where will you keep it?
  • For entrepreneurs starting and expanding their businesses
  • Help your business overcome unexpected financial events
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Competitive Strategy

Getting Acquired Doesn’t Have to Be a Blood Sport

  • Business owners naturally want to get a high price when selling their company, but the process can be stressful and time-consuming
  • Accepting a fair offer allows you to quickly concentrate on your next step
  • Some options include selling to a family member or employees
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B2B

Tips For Building Long-Lasting Small Business Success

  • Entrepreneurs often focus too much on their business’s immediate needs and not enough on long-term strategy
  • Having a business plan from the outset allows you to set goals and benchmarks to meet
  • Business owners should be prepared to regularly adapt their company to fulfill changing demands and meet customer needs
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Business Attorney

Common Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

  • Legal oversights are common in small business, but can be costly as well
  • Proper documentation, intellectual property protections, other essential steps to safeguard your business
  • Understand and stay compliant with all legal requirements
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Business Attorney

The Most Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

  • Common mistakes made by entrepreneurs seeking to run a business
  • Failure to have a clear plan for finances, marketing, and other aspects of the business is a major shortcoming
  • Entrepreneurs must also be willing to commit to a venture and seek help as needed
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Business Planning

When It’s a Good Time to Outsource Your Marketing

  • Marketing is essential for finding new customers and generating sales, but an internal team may not be necessary for your company to succeed
  • An outside company may be able to perform these tasks more effectively
  • Signals in your marketing results and daily workload that it’s time for a change
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Accounting

CTNext Resource Wizard

  • Use the CTNext Resource Wizard to find the right resources for your business
  • Resources are filtered by your business stage and location in Connecticut
  • Results can be further narrowed down based on business location or the information you’re seeking
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Business Attorney

6 Types Of Business Plans

  • Understand different types of business plans
  • Business plans can assist you when starting a business and when growing one
  • Choosing wisely during the different periods of your business will help you better achieve your goals
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Information Technology (IT)

An Introduction to NAICS Codes

  • NAICS codes are a 2- to 6-digit code that help businesses with getting loans and government-related services
  • Businesses that wish to become government contractors or verified veteran-owned businesses especially need this
  • Tips for you to know how to get NAICSs codes.
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Business Planning

How to Get a Virtual Business Address

  • Set up a physical address for your business while maintaining your privacy and security
  • For those who run home-based businesses or otherwise don’t wish to divulge a company’s physical location
  • Establishes a place to receive mail and important documents
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Business Communications

Understanding An LLC Operating Agreement

  • How an operating agreement can assist with the management of a Limited Liability Company
  • For those looking forward to starting their company as an LLC
  • Helps govern internal operations of the business in a way that suits the specific needs of the business owners
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Business Communications

Common Business Plan Mistakes

  • A business plan can help you prep your company for launch, but you can jeopardize your chances of success if you make one of several common errors
  • Factors range from sloppy grammar to unrealistic financial forecasts
  • For those planning a business
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Adding a new location

Funding Programs

CONNECTICUT PROGRAMS

BDC Capital

An organization providing financing to businesses throughout New England, BDC Capital offers an extensive range of products for businesses.

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Accounting

An Introduction to Business Tax

  • Podcast introducing tax basics, business planning, and specialized chapters for different business types
  • For any kind of business organization
  • Get a handle on your business’s taxes
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Accounting

Small Business Tax Tips

  • Podcast for tax guidelines and how they impact accounting for small businesses, employees, and independent contractors
  • For those who wish to learn the basic tax structure of a C Corporation or LLC
  • Get the best legal and accounting assistance
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News

Latest news on local, state, and federal business trends.
In-person and online events from state and local organizations.

Resources

Major topics facing the entrepreneur explained.
Government and foundation organizations that can assist your business.
Improve your business knowledge.
Learn how to access local, state and federal funding sources.
Discover where your business plan might need improvement.
Business courses for comprehensive learning.
Learn more about the region’s Blue Economy.

Community

Search thousands of listings to find the right businesses and services to help your enterprise.
Share your story, ask questions, or pitch partnerships to improve collaboration among the local small business community.
Get personalized resources and make connections with other businesses with a free account.