Best Small Business Resources in the Hartford Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Connecticut has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Hartford area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Connecticut.

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Upward Hartford

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

This coworking space offers memberships that include basic office amenities, yoga and meditation, mentors, and concierge service. There are also social events that range from professional networking to game nights. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

20 Church St.
Hartford, CT 06103
860-785-6510
info@upwardhartford.com


CTSBDC at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

UConn Graduate Business Learning Center, 100 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103


Hartford Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Hartford Public Library has its own small business center that hosts a workshop series and provides mentorship from librarians on how to access databases and other free resources for entrepreneurs. Other services include databases for online training and online research.

Restrictions

A library card is required for remote access of the resources.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
860-695-6300
reference@hplct.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9:30 am - 8 pm

FRI - SAT: 9:30 am 5 pm

SUN: 1 pm - 5 pm (November - April)


Hartford SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


reSET

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

reSET offers coworking space and an accelerator program. You can find mentors and attend workshops, and many of these opportunities are free. Although reSET works with all entrepreneurs, they specialize in helping social enterprises and impact-driven businesses.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106
860-560-9120

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 6 pm


The Entrepreneurial Center of Hartford's College for Women at the University of Hartford

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108
860-768-5681