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.
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.
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.
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.
Connecticut Export Week - April 29th through May 3rd - is a unique, free event designed to encourage more businesses to take the first steps towards going global. In this special episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace is joined by Tony Sargis, the International Trade Specialist with the Connecticut Export Assistance Center to share information about their mission, and how they assist Connecticut businesses to reach the global marketplace, as well as highlights of the events coming up during CT Export Week.
Happy Spring!! It may not look or feel like spring but it is right around the corner. In our house, we know spring is coming when we start talking about baseball tryouts and the desire to hit the fields. Spring also marks a time when property owners start thinking about hiring contractors to fix all the winter damage to properties. But do you think about whether a contractor is registered as a business or requires a license and have you verified that the contractor is licensed? If not, you should.
Chris Drake, the Director of Business Services for the Office of the Secretary of State in Connecticut, joins CERC and shares an overview of the services that the office provides, as well as the details of what types of businesses need to register with the state and who is required to file annual reports, when, and how.
Last week, while cleaning out my office space, I found a button with the statement “I’m From the State and I'm Here to Help.” Wow this button is old!!! It gave me a feeling of nostalgia – and in reflecting back on the State’s history, I realized that CERC has been and continues to be part of making Connecticut a business-friendly environment. It’s one of the things we do best.
Science can be defined as a systematically organized body of knowledge on a subject. What does a definition of science have to do with record keeping for a business?
Well if you are like me, you tend to keep records but miserably fail at the ability to retrieve them without great angst, especially in my personal life. Over the years of assisting business owners, I would say most have a similar issue, especially if you are a small “shop” with one or two owners and few employees. Bottom line, being organized is the key in solving the dilemma of good record keeping. Just think of all the countless nonproductive hours spent trying to find your records.