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Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

AEROSPACE COMPONENTS MANUFACTURERS
ACM is a non-profit partnership that is part of Connecticut's Industry Cluster Initiative. A network of independent Connecticut-based aerospace companies, it helps capture new business opportunities for the State's aerospace industry. ACM member companies are united by a single goal: become a world leader in aerospace components of unsurpassed quality, competitive prices and on-time delivery.
P.O. Box 736
1090 Elm Street, Suite 202
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
P 860 513 3205
F 860-529-5001
Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA)
CTMA was founded in 1943 as a founding chapter of the NTMA. It has prospered as an organization dedicated to supporting the professionalism and continuous improvement of its member companies. CTMA members, the owners and managers of contract tooling and machining companies in Connecticut, represent some of the finest shops in the U.S. CTMA's mission is to lead its membership of innovative tooling and machining companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability by being a comprehensive resource for information, education, training and association services.
Daryl Ott, Executive Director
P.O. Box 593
Windsor, CT 06095
CONNSTEP, Inc.
CONNSTEP is Connecticut's leading manufacturing resource - providing consulting and training solutions to Connecticut's manufacturing industry. With a focus on measurable results and achieving economic impact for its clients, CONNSTEP offers cost-effective solutions for top-line growth and operational efficiency to small and medium-sized manufacturing business in Connecticut. The staff of manufacturing consultants has an average of twenty-five years of manufacturing experience in a wide-range of industries.
P 800 266 6672
Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut (MAC)
MAC is a membership organization that provides services and member benefits to Connecticut's manufacturing businesses including employee benefits, legal services, technical services, and statewide advocacy.
173 Interstate Lane
Waterbury, CT 06705
P 203 596 1900
New Haven Manufacturer's Association
Founded in 1913, this association provides services and networking to the manufacturing sector in the region. The association boasts a diverse membership including firms in the fields of electronics, pharmaceuticals, instrumentation, information systems, consulting, metalworking, gas and electric utilities, banking, insurance, and education.
Jerry Clupper, Executive Director
P 203 387 5121
F 203 387 5121
Smaller Manufacturers Association (SMA)
Founded in 1949, the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut serves the interests of small manufacturing firms in all facets of their business, providing resources to help Connecticut's smaller manufacturers thrive. The major objective of the Association is to facilitate communications among its members for their mutual benefit, accomplished through monthly dinner meetings and direct communication with members. Recognizing its commitment to the community, the Association spearheads the annual School-to-Career Manufacturing Symposium that "plants the manufacturing seed" with the region's youth in grades 6-12. Additionally, the Association recognizes a "student of the month" at its monthly dinner meeting and participates in awards programs at the region's high schools.
P.O. Box 2025
Waterbury, CT 06722
P 203 272 0711

Agribusiness & Agribioscience

Buy CT Grown
Buy CT Grown is a project funded in part by, and working in cooperation with, the CT Department of Agriculture, and represents Connecticut's farm and food communities. The organization's mission is to link Connecticut's food and agricultural community including farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers to celebrate and promote Connecticut grown farm products, grow the local economy, and enhance the quality of life in our state.
CitySeed, Inc.
CitySeed's mission is to engage the New Haven community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. CitySeed promotes the city's farmers' markets and provides educational and promotional resources to support the local food industry.
817 Grand Avenue, #101
New Haven, CT 06521
P 203 773 3736
Connecticut Agricultural Businesses Cluster
The Connecticut Agricultural Businesses Cluster is a group of agricultural business people, representing Connecticut's major agricultural commodities and allied industries, working to raise the awareness, productivity and competitiveness of the state's agricultural businesses. The cluster has brought together people involved with all aspects of the state's agriculture industry, including farmers, equipment dealers, insurance agencies and educators. Projects include an agritourism initiative to promote our members' farms to state residents.
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station develops, advances, and disseminates scientific knowledge, improves agricultural productivity and environmental quality, protects plants, and enhances human health and well-being through research for the benefit of Connecticut.
New Haven Laboratories
123 Huntington Street
New Haven, CT 06511
P 203 974 8500
Connecticut Farm Bureau
The Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm families united to find solutions for concerns facing production agriculture in our counties, state and nation. Volunteer leaders and staff work closely with state and federal regulatory agencies and elected officials on issues ranging from economic viability, property rights, taxation, land use planning to labor laws and farmland preservation.
775 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
P 860 768 1100

Alternative Debt Financing

Business debt capital is plentiful and available for businesses that may seek alternatives to a traditional bank loan:
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA recognizes that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. 
Community Economic Development Fund
This organizagtion is focused on strengthening neighborhood economies by providing flexible financial and technical support to small businesses, community organizations and targeted communities, and to help low- and moderate-income individuals throughout Connecticut.

Arts, Entertainment & Tourism

VISIT NEW HAVEN
Visit New Haven promotes Greater New Haven as a destination or stopover point for individual and group tourism. This is accomplished by engaging in visitor promotions and soliciting and servicing conventions, sporting events and other related group business. The goal is to ultimately generate overnight stays and business for area attractions and businesses, thereby enhancing the economic fabric of the region.
195 Church Street, 14th Floor                                           
New Haven, CT 06510
P 203 777 8550
THE ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven provides steadfast leadership and advocacy for artists, arts organizations and audiences in the Greater New Haven region including the towns of Milford, Orange, Woodbridge, Branford, Bethany, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, New Haven, North Haven, North Branford, Wallingford, and West Haven. Reaching an estimated 30,000 people directly, and serving a regional population of 130,000 per year through programs, publications, exhibitions, special events, workshops, training and more than 6,000 hours of direct technical services to artists, the Arts Council also directly serves eight member organizations through the Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Project, and 100 regional arts organizations through other technical services. The Arts Council has a core membership of 1,300.
70 Audubon Street
2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
P 203 772 2788
INFO NEW HAVEN
Info New Haven is an online resource for finding events, venues, restaurants, entertainment, and cultural resources for visitors to Downtown New Haven.
1000 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
P 203 773 9494
NEW HAVEN OFFICE OF ARTS, CULTURE AND TOURISM
The mission of the New Haven Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism is to improve the quality of life in New Haven and to support the economic development of the City by assisting, promoting and encouraging artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. The Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism supports a wealth of neighborhood activities through the Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program; enhances municipal buildings and schools with public works of art through its Percent for Art Program; and maintains the Urban Museum of Architecture, a museum "without walls." It also annually presents Celebrate New Haven 4th at East Rock Park; and the Holiday Tree Lighting on the Green. Additionally, the Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism provides support to the Connecticut Film Industry by assisting filmmakers in identifying possible locations within the city, negotiating city services and other location needs and costs.
165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
P 203 946 8378
CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF TOURISM
The Connecticut Office of Tourism was created by the Connecticut General Assembly to develop and enhance opportunities for collaboration, coordination and growth in the arts, historic preservation, film and tourism. Serving Connecticut's cultural institutions, organizations and individuals through funding, technical assistance, and promotion, its mission is to preserve, promote and strengthen Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to be long-term economic contributors that enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the State. Operating as a grant-making agency for state and federal funds, the Commission also serves to market and promote the state's attractions to both in-state and out-of-state residents.
One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
P 860 256 2800
CENTRAL REGIONAL TOURISM DISTRICT
The Central Regional Tourism District (CRTD) represents REX's 15 towns, as well as 50 other municipalities stretching from the Massachusetts border to Long Island Sound.  Each town is entitled to a representative on the CRTD's board of directors.  The primary focus of the organization is to promote leisure travel within the region.
One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
P 860 787 9640

Biomed & Life Sciences

Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE)
CURE is the educational and business support network organization for bioscience in Connecticut, with over 100 members. Its mission is to keep Connecticut competitive in bioscience, to tell the Connecticut bioscience story, and to build networks and critical mass for the industry within the state.
300 George Street
Suite 561
New Haven, CT 06511
P 203 777 8747
Yale University
Yale University is an internationally recognized academic institution. Its mission is to teach about, and to conduct, research in the sciences and humanities. The broad base of research at Yale is best described as a continuum from basic to applied. In the last decade, Yale has also become a catalyst in the revitalization of new Haven's economy. The University's faculty and staff of over 11,000 make it the largest employer in the city. Yale's spending on payroll and benefits, and its purchasing of goods, translate into a direct economic impact of over $1 billion annually in Connecticut. In 2005 Yale conducted over $430M worth of R&D. The University collaborates with city, state and business leaders to forge partnerships that support the continuing revitalization of New Haven.
433 Temple Street
P.O. Box 208279
New Haven, CT 06511
P 203 432 8613
F 203 432 8622
Yale-New Haven Health System (YNHHS)
Yale-New Haven Health System is a 1541-bed private, not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine, serving the needs of more than one million patients from Connecticut, New England and the world. YNHHS's dual role is that of both a community and teaching hospital, and it offers a broad array of out-patient services and same-day surgery. YNHHS has more than 11,000  employees and a medical staff of 4,880. The main campus of YNHH includes Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Children's Hospital, the St. Raphael Campus, the Yale Cancer Center and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Services. YNHH is the flagship of the Yale New Haven Health System, the most fully-integrated health care delivery and financing system in Connecticut. Both clinical and outcome evaluation are conducted in collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine. In addition, the Yale Cancer Center, the Adult Clinical Research Center and Children's Clinical Research Center in the Children's Hospital conduct a variety of specialized research.
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06504
P 203 688 2488
F 203 688 2491
Connecticut Innovations (CI)
Connecticut Innovations provides strategic capital and technical assistance to support Connecticut's high-tech industries including bioscience. CI was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1989.
200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
P 860 563 5851
F 860 563 4877

Business & Industry Associations

Aerospace Components Manufacturers
ACM is a non-profit partnership that is part of Connecticut's Industry Cluster Initiative. A network of independent Connecticut-based aerospace companies, it helps capture new business opportunities for the State's aerospace industry. ACM member companies are united by a single goal: become a world leader in aerospace components of unsurpassed quality, competitive prices and on-time delivery.
P.O. Box 736
1090 Elm Street, Suite 202
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
P 860 513 3205
F 860 529 5001
Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA)
CTMA was founded in 1943 as a founding chapter of the NTMA. It has prospered as an organization dedicated to supporting the professionalism and continuous improvement of its member companies. CTMA members, the owners and managers of contract tooling and machining companies in Connecticut, represent some of the finest shops in the U.S. CTMA's mission is to lead its membership of innovative tooling and machining companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability by being a comprehensive resource for information, education, training and association services.
Daryl Ott, Executive Director
P.O. Box 593
Windsor, CT 06095
Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association
GNHBPA provides technical assistance for development of business plans; organizational training and managerial support; assistance in gaining capital; assistance in identifying sites for business location; linkage with governmental partners to assist with business issues; assistance with marketing strategy development; and business-to-business networking.
192 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
P 203 562 2193
F 203 562-0387
New Haven Manufacturers Association
Founded in 1913, this association provides services and networking to the manufacturing sector in the region. The association boasts a diverse membership including firms in the fields of electronics, pharmaceuticals, instrumentation, information systems, consulting, metalworking, gas and electric utilities, banking, insurance, and education.
Jerry Clupper, Executive Director
P 203 387 5121
F 203 387 5121
Smaller Manufacturers Association (SMA)
Founded in 1949, the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut serves the interests of small manufacturing firms in all facets of their business, providing resources to help Connecticut's smaller manufacturers thrive. The major objective of the Association is to facilitate communications among its members for their mutual benefit, accomplished through monthly dinner meetings and direct communication with members. Recognizing its commitment to the community, the Association spearheads the annual School-to-Career Manufacturing Symposium that "plants the manufacturing seed" with the region's youth in grades 6-12. Additionally, the Association recognizes a "student of the month" at its monthly dinner meeting and participates in awards programs at the region's high schools.
P.O. Box 2025
Waterbury, CT 06722
P 203 272 0711
Spanish-American Merchants Association
SAMA is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 and incorporated in the State of Connecticut in 1997 by a group of Hispanic merchants to provide small business owners with the opportunity to have a rewarding career and financial independence. SAMA provides technical assistance, educational programs and loan programs for its members, and offers its services throughout Connecticut.
235 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
P 203 865 0522
F 203 865 0355

Chambers of Commerce

East Haven
29 High Street, East Haven.
203 467 4305
Greater New Haven
900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor, New Haven.
203 787 6735
Hamden
2969 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.
203 288 6431
Madison
22 Scotland Avenue, Madison.
203 245 7394

MIDDLESEX
393 Main Street, Middletown
860 347 6924

MIDSTATE
3 Colony Street #301, Meriden
203 235 7901
Milford
5 North Broad Street, Milford.
203 878 0681
North Branford
1599 Foxon Rd., North Branford.
203 288 7756
Orange
605 A Orange Center Road, Orange.
203 795 3328
Quinnipiac
50 North Main Street, Wallingford.
203 269 9891
Shoreline
239 North Main Street, Branford
203 488 5500

63 Whitfield Street, Guilford
203 269 9891
West Haven
355 Main Street Ground Floor, West Haven.
203 933 1500

Data Resources

Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)
CERC is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that provides clients with objective research, marketing and economic development services consistent with its mission of making Connecticut a more competitive business location.
805 Brook Street, Building 4
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
P 860 571 7136
DataHaven
DataHaven is an interactive Internet-based data resource available to all organizations and citizens interested in understanding the Greater New Haven area and its assets, opportunities, and challenges. The site includes extensive economic, social, and health data on the towns of South Central Connecticut served by either the United Way of Greater New Haven, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, REX Development, the South Central Connecticut Council of Governments, or the Regional Workforce Development Board.
P 203 772 2050
Connecticut Small Business Development Center
The CSBDC is dedicated to advising and nurturing small businesses at the grass roots level.
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"
A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you launch your business plan.

State Business Assistance/Small Business Development Centers

Community Accounting Aid & Services, Inc.
CAAS provides free accounting help and financial counseling to economically disadvantaged businesses and individuals. Its services and educational programs are offered to further the economic development of small businesses, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations in Connecticut.
1800 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
P 860 570 9107/860 540 9113
F 860 570 9107
Connecticut's Central Coast
The Connecticut Central Coast is a region of 17 towns and cities strategically located between New York (57 miles) and Boston (130 miles,) along Connecticut’s I-95 corridor and adjacent to Long Island Sound. The United Illuminating Company is the electricity distributor for the region and supports economic development efforts throughout the 17 towns it serves. This web site is specifically for site selectors, companies and brokers considering the area for facility locations.
157 Church Street, MS 1-6E
New Haven, CT 06510
P 800 257 0141
Connecticut Licensing Info Center/SmartStart
CT Licensing Center is a full-service program designed to simplify the process of bringing a business into full compliance with Connecticut laws. Free personalized assistance is available through Smart Start to guide businesses through the licensing and registration process. Please note that while Smart Start's services are free, agency fees still apply.
805 Brook Street, Bldg. 4
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
P 800 392 2122
Connecticut Minority Supplier Development Council
CMSDC is a non-profit affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Serving the entire state of Connecticut, membership consists of local and national Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, financial institutions, associations, and other organizations. Since 1976, CMSDC has provided services to its members and to certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). The Council is governed by a Board of Directors and funded by corporate membership dues, certification fees, contributions, in-kind services, and grants.
4133 Whitney Avenue
Building 4, Box 2
Hamden, CT 06518
P 203 288 9744
Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center
CT PTAP's mission is to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and administered by SouthEastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (SECTER).
U.S. Small Business Administration
330 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
P 860 524 1198
F 860 240 4659
Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut (MAC)
MAC is a membership organization that provides services and member benefits to Connecticut’s manufacturing businesses including employee benefits, legal services, technical services, and statewide advocacy.
173 Interstate Lane
Waterbury, CT 06705
P 203 596 1900
Service Corps of Retired Executives
The New Haven Chapter of SCORE is part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small business. New Haven SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of local small business and the personal objectives of entrepreneurs. The New Haven Chapter also offers workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners. SCORE is a Resource Partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Gateway Community College
2-20 Church St.
New Haven, CT 06510

State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

ct-logo-2012Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
P 860 270 8000

Technical Resources

Several technical assistance providers in Connecticut offer free services to help get your business off the ground, including:

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is dedicated to advising and nurturing small businesses at the grass roots level.

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you launch your business plan.

Venture Capital

For some start-up ventures, debt financing may not be a viable option because the business is young or lacks stable revenue. When debt is not an option, explore equity:

The Angel Investor Forum invests in promising opportunities whose potential rewards are commensurate with recognized risks. The organization provides $100,000 to $2 million in capital to companies that offer a high return potential to investors.

The Small Business Investment Company is dedicated to improving and stimulating the national economy and small businesses by stimulating and supplementing the flow of private equity capital and long term loan funds.

The National Venture Capital Association is comprised of more than 450 member firms, and is the premier trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry.