WOW! Our first official Connecticut Economic Development Day celebrated last week was an outstanding success! Thank you to our partner organizations who participated and the many visitors (including legislators and staff) who stopped by the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Wednesday, May 8.
A member of America's Small Business Development Center, the CTSBDC helps Connecticut businesses start and grow, creating jobs, increasing success with business startups, and increasing financial investments in the small business and entrepreneurial communities. Serving start-up businesses as well as expanding, growth-oriented businesses, CTSBDC Business Advisor, Denise Whitford, joined CERC to walk us through the services provided by the business advisors across the state, and share the many ways CTSBDC helps small businesses succeed.
The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) is a member-driven organization committed to providing our smaller communities with a strong voice in the legislative process. Betsy Gara, COST's Executive Director, sat down with CERC to provide us with an overview of the grassroots organization and how it serves the state's 142 smaller communities through meetings and events, municipal resources, and a legislative center - a valuable online tool for tracking legislation relevant to the state's municipalities.
As part of the UCONN School of Engineering, the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative is a dedicated, engaged coalition of industry, academia, community, and government partners focused on the remediation of Connecticut's brownfield - benefitting community development and environmental quality.
CEDF - the Community Economic Development Fund - is a non-profit organization formed to provide resources and assistance to small businesses through customized financial solutions that allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to start and grow their businesses. President and CEO, Jim Bzdyra, sat down with CERC to share how the organization's mission is dedicated to providing financial, educational, and advisory support in low-to-moderate income towns and cities throughout Connecticut.
SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is America's premier source of free business mentoring and education. Since 1964, SCORE has worked with more than 11 million entrepreneurs and small businesses through mentoring, workshops, and educational resources. Ward Feirer, a SCORE CT mentor from the Southeastern CT SCORE office, spoke with CERC to share the many ways start-ups and entrepreneurs can benefit from the resources provided.
CEDAS, or the Connecticut Economic Development Association, is a non-profit committed to the advancement of the practice of economic development within the state of Connecticut. The president, Garrett Sheehan, is our guest on this episode to share how the member-based organization provides a forum for the community through networking and the exchange of ideas among economic development professionals; organizes and sponsors educational programs and seminars; and proposes and supports legislation to improve the Connecticut economy.
As part of the Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week, CERC sat down with Jessica Dodge, Program Manager of CTNext, Connecticut's Innovation Ecosystem. CTNext, a subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, was launched in 2012 and provides an array of strategic economic development programs that foster entrepreneurship, start up and growth stage businesses on behalf of the State of Connecticut.
With Connecticut's rich industrial history comes a rather extensive inventory of brownfields for property owners and municipalities to reckon with. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Mark Lewis is our guest on this episode and discusses the services he and his team provide to oversee the investigation and remediation of Connecticut's brownfield sites to reclaim, redevelop properties and encourage economic development.
In this National Small Business Week episode, Sarah Bodley, the Managing Director of reSET, joins CERC to talk about the organization’s mission, provide a definition of what a social enterprise is, and shares the ways that reSET supports impact entrepreneurs to make Hartford the Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state.