Today’s revitalization efforts are defined and impacted to a greater degree than ever by shifting demographics, changes in consumer shopping, and transitions within our local, regional, and national economies. These changes have significant implications for the development and growth of entrepreneurs themselves, as well as downtowns and commercial districts. In effort to adapt, commercial revitalization professionals are being called upon to lead and develop initiatives that support innovative entrepreneurship as part of sustainable, robust local economies.
Main Street America has published “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and the Role of Commercial Districts”
Visit these local and statewide resources for Small Business Technical Assistance & Support:
- CT Small Business Development Center (CT SBDC) – The mission of CT SBDC is to help businesses start, grow and thrive by providing customized advising, education and network resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Connecticut. The CTSBDC provides no-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business. CTSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the University of Connecticut
- SCORE – “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States. SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. There are 35 SCORE Chapters throughout Connecticut.
- Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) – The Women’s Business Development Council empowers women and men to become thriving employers and more effective employees. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council illuminates business success in a tangible and accessible way. The WBDC offers entrepreneurial training and counseling; financial education; and access to capital.
- Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) – The mission of the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is to strengthen neighborhood economies by providing flexible financing, technical support and educational opportunities to businesses, community organizations and initiatives in communities throughout Connecticut. CEDF provides loans to Connecticut small business owners, primarily in low-to-moderate income communities, who are not able to obtain traditional bank financing.