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CTNext: Connecticut's Innovation Ecosystem

CTNext

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.

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reSET: The Social Enterprise Trust

reSET Social Enterprise Trust

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.

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Exporting Connecticut

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.

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Verifying Business Registration and Professional or Trade Licenses

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.

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What Can CERC's Business Services Do For You?

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. 

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The Science Behind Record Keeping

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.

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Business Planning and Access to Data

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.

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Planning for a Natural Disaster

Natural Disaster

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.

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments 

Business Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft

Do you know what to do if your business is subject to fraudulent activity, scams, or if your identity is stolen? 

Recently our business services office has seen a rise in the number of businesses inquiring about what to do if they are in this situation.  Just last week I had the following scenarios:

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by Elizabeth Wallace, EDP  |    |  Comments