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Resources for Shopping Small, Starting Your Business

Posted on November 30, 2021


I’m writing to share a big thank you with all those who chose to ‘shop small’ and support local enterprise this past weekend for Small Business Saturday!

While it may not be a comprehensive list, the state’s Department of Administrative Services operates a useful online database that can help you connect with more small businesses statewide. Learn more…

Accessing Small Business Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has, to date, delivered more than $416.3 billion in emergency relief aid for the nation’s small businesses experiencing COVID-related losses.

There are a variety of programs available to connect business owners with both emergency aid and traditional financing to scale up your small business.

To learn more about the SBA’s small business assistance offerings, visit

Registering Your New Business

The Office of the Secretary of the State recently announced several updates to, allowing prospective entrepreneurs to more easily complete their new business checklist.

Connecticut business owners can now utilize the following online services through the site:

  • Business owners can now sign up for one account and handle all of their business filings online, hassle-free. This includes business registration, business lookups, filing annual reports, making business amendments, and filing liens.
  • New business owners can register their business and have instant access to a full suite of valuable business and filing services right in their account dashboard.
  • All business owners can now track their filings, payments, and get alerts and notifications so they can stay compliant with the state – all at their fingertips in one easy-to-use account.
  • Businesses can now file and track every kind of UCC lien online, with no paperwork required.

To learn more, visit