I read an article recently about America’s New Business Plan which was posted by a grassroots bipartisan initiative called Start Us Up. The article calls upon both national and state policy makers to consider the following when making decisions on business regulations and the necessity of supporting the small business community and creating a level playing field for all - an idea that resonates with me and is similarly viewed by many of the resource partners in Connecticut.
Often, new business owners are unsure of their responsibilities when it comes to collecting and reporting taxes. In this episode, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson - the state’s “Tax Man” - sits down with Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, to discuss the department’s role as part of a common enterprise in the state, what businesses need to do to be voluntarily compliant, and how to agency has employed process efficiencies and enhanced its technology profile to make it easier for taxpayers to receive communications, and do business with the DRS.
The Department of Administrative Services is a shared support service area for all executive branch state agencies… and then some. As the primary procurement division, human resources agency, and construction services for the state, DAS wears many hats.
A very popular topic among entrepreneurs starting a new business venture is naming the business.
If you have ever tried to come up with a business name, you understand that the process is not always a simple one and there is typically a lengthy process involved taking into consideration variables such as a the name having sentimental value, coinciding with branding and other marketing tactics, describing the type of service or products sold and more.
In 2017, Connecticut had 113,100 women-owned business, employing over 95,000 people and garnering $16.5 billing in annual revenue. And the Hartford region was recently ranked as 4th in the nation among metropolitan areas with the most female entrepreneurs. Much of this success is owed to the Women’s Business Development Council, a 22-year old organization dedicated to assisting women entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services welcomes Frank Dixon, the interim director of the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or CT PTAC. PTAC is a free, statewide program providing assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling goods and services to federal, state, or local governments.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services welcomes Milena Erwin, the Program Manager of the Women's Business Center at the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center. The Women's Business Center specializes in working with women to launch new businesses or grow established ones.
A recent Kaufmann Foundation post by Kayla Smalley - Homegrown Economies with An Entrepreneurial Mindset – sets forth the idea that entrepreneurialism is the foundation for our local economies to flourish and we need to nurture this mindset in our society.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC's Director of Business Services is joined by Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to discuss the mission and breadth of services that the department provides.
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.