Economic Development Partners

The economic development partners listed below are public and private organizations that offer programs and services to businesses throughout Connecticut.  The advice, expertise and information that they provide can help you successfully grow your business.

Department of Economic & Community Development is the state's economic development agency. They administer the state's financial assistance and tax incentive programs that are focused on spurring job creation and capital investment in Connecticut.

CT Innovations is the state's quasi-public investment arm that makes risk capital investments in technology companies. Their programs are focused on early-stage technology companies. 

Small Business Administration is a federal agency that provides a variety of programs and support services to small businesses throughout the country. Their programs and services include financial assistance, counseling, training, and contracting assistance. 

University of Connecticut Office of Economic Development is focused on expanding opportunities for inventors, entrepreneurs, existing businesses and industry partners. They offer a number of programs and services and can help with business development, marketing, licensing, IP capabilities and research. 

Procurement Technology Assistance Program provides marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. 

Small Business Development Center is a statewide program that provide management and technical assistance to startup businesses. There are regional service centers throughout Connecticut in addition to online learning opportunities.

CTNext supports a statewide network of entrepreneurial support organizations dedicated to advancing the success of Connecticut startups. They help entrepreneurs connect with the right services and programs to help them gain a competitive advantage. 

Connecticut State Technology Extension Program provides lean training, growth strategies and expertise to Connecticut manufacturers and healthcare organizations.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center is a public-private partnership that provides research, marketing and economic development resources. They can provide assistance with site location, licensing, demographics, and more.

Center for Advanced Technology offers services to a diverse customer base including manufacturers, technology companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Their focus is on efficiencies, workforce development and technology.