We provide technical assistance to neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs interested in starting new businesses. Services are provided by a team of Small Business Specialists who walk the commercial corridors and build productive relationships with business owners.
We also work with reSET – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that specializes in understanding the needs of start-up businesses, and helps them succeed by providing access to educational opportunities, resources, and networking opportunities.
Starting a Business Toolkit
Getting started in business is an exciting event in one's life, a transformation from consumer to supplier. It's an opportunity to create, produce and provide a service or product for the community.
Before you begin to embark on this journey, we recommend certain steps to improve your chance of success and to determine if your idea is feasible. Starting a business toolkit will guide you in thinking about whether owning your own business is right for you, and if so, will aid you in completing the necessary steps to be taken in order to ensure that informed decisions could be made.
For more assistance, please contact the Small Business Development Team to guide you with the following tasks:
A careful analysis of yourself is the first step to be considered. Do you have what it takes? Have you identified your available skills? Do you know your strength and weakness?
Have you defined your business vision?
Have you identified available skills, information and support?
Do you have what it takes?
Have you reviewed available personal financial resources?
Personal Financial Statement Download
Have you checked your credit?
Request A Free Credit Report
Is there a demand for your product or services? Who are your customers? Define your competitive advantages, determine your market niches, and evaluate potential risks and rewards. This will also help you in confirming your decision to proceed.
Have you defined the market?
Who are your customers?
Have you identified competition?
Have you defined your competitive advantages?
Have you determined your market niche?
Have you evaluated potential risks and rewards?
Have you confirmed your decision to proceed?
A well thought out and constructed plan is crucial to starting a business. A business plan precisely defines your business startup expenses and ongoing cash requirements. It is a road map that describes weakness and strength as while defining your vision and opportunity. It also determines the financing you will need and how you will get it.
Business Plan Development Resources:
Download a Business Plan Template (Adobe PDF File)
Online Business Course
SBA - Direct Local Resources
SBA -Business Plan Basics
Business Plan Samples
Business Owner's Tool Kit
Hartford Public Library -Small Business Resources
Guide to SBA's Loan Guaranty Programs
Internet Resources- Entrepreneurs Blog
Inc. Magazine, How To Guides
CT-Clic - Registering & Licensing Your Business In Connecticut
IRS- Online Application - Form SS-4, Employer Identification Number (EIN)
City of Hartford Licensing and Permits (Contact Staff)
Cómo Iniciar su Negocio - Primeros Pasos
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Hartford, CT 06103
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