Are you a new entrepreneur just beginning to plan your business? Or, a well-established entrepreneur revisiting and fine tuning an existing business plan? If you answered YES, then you know the importance of accessing data. Our office receives this question often and we are here to help you access the resources you need.
First, I’d like to take a moment to recognize all those adversely affected by the recent natural disasters and offer hope for resilience and a speedy recovery.
Name a natural disaster occurring today around your world – hurricane, flood, wildfire, tornado, earth quake or something else. As we know, natural disasters have a life of their own, often without much predictability and time to prepare. If you have not prepared for a natural disaster, NOW is the time. If you have, please feel free to share your story of how you and your business is prepared.
The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is responsible for ensuring a safe and fair marketplace for consumers and businesses. Our mission is to: (1) protect public health and safety; and (2) prevent significant economic harm to businesses and consumers.
Last year, my New Year’s blog was all about optimism and meeting the goals of the company’s restructured initiatives. As an economic development professional working for CERC whose main goal is to effectively communicate with our business community and partners, it’s been exciting to see optimism turn into success in the transition. In my opinion, the key to success in accomplishing the goals, is not only an optimistic outlook but simplification.
Regardless of what candidate you supported in last week's presidential election, I am sure you are exhausted by what seemed like a never-ending campaign season. By my count, 596 days separate Election Day and March 23, 2015 - the day Ted Cruz announced his candidacy. While there were far too many insults hurled by both parties, the candidates did correctly frame the election as high stakes. Surely, the direction of the nation as a whole will be far different under a Trump administration than under Hillary Clinton. But what about the direction of our communities?
Recently I was asked the question, “What is the best part of working at CERC?”
Working in Business Services, my job is to field inquiries about doing business in Connecticut. Inquiries come to us in a variety of formats through a toll-free line, email, and in-person with walk-ins and appointments.
Business Services, formerly known as Connecticut’s Business Response Center, at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) has been in operation for over 20 years helping the business community access programs and resources. One of the resources, housed right here at CERC, is a centralized business registration and licensing information office along with a website www.CTBizInfo.com (formerly CT-CLIC.com). Many of you may use this site or refer clients and may agree that the site contains an invaluable wealth of information.
With all the outreach so many of us do to the business community, I am still amazed at how many businesses still don’t know what assistance is available to them from the state and related service providers. Over the past month CERC has been supporting an outreach effort by the state Department of Economic and Community Development…meeting in ten areas of the state to provide information on products and services. It has been a good opportunity to get to know Bart Kollen, the new Deputy Commissioner of DECD as we travel from Vernon to Torrington Bridgeport…and many places in between.
Happy New Year!! Cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!
Personally and professionally, I am excited for what lies ahead in 2016. If you ask me for one word to describe my attitude for the new year it would be “optimism.” Yes, I am optimistic for only good outcomes as we plan ahead for our success this year.