Best Small Business Resources in the New Haven 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 New Haven 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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Hamden Economic Development Corporation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Hamden Business Incubator is a project of HEDC, a 501(4)(c) dedicated to developing the economy of Hamden. In addition to space and support for entrepreneurs, the Hamden Business Incubator also offers resources for networking and finding funding. Coworking space, human resources help, financial planning, and more are included in the program.

Restrictions

Connecticut-based businesses only. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2750 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
203-287-7033
dkroop@hamden.com


Collab

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking

Offers Free Service

Description

Collab offers an incubation program as well as various pitch and community networking events. The incubator includes mentoring, free coworking space, funding, six weeks of workshops, and legal services. Collab also hosts a program called Friday Fund that allows entrepreneurs to test their products and services with real customers.


CTSBDC at New Haven Chamber of Commerce

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:

900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510


New Haven Free Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The New Haven Free Public Library is a great source for free databases and books. You can make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one assistance in accessing library resources. The NHFPL also has the Gale Small Business Resource Center

Restrictions

A library card is necessary to access databases remotely.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

133 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203-946-8130

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 10 am - 8 pm

FRI - SAT: 10 am - 5 pm


New Haven 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.


The Grove

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Grove is a primarily a coworking space with a number of office amenities. It also helps its members find local events to attend and learn from other entrepreneurs. There is a network of Grove members who work together to support members with informal mentoring and other help.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

760 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203-654-9675

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRIi: 8 am - 5:30 pm


WBDC at Naugatuck

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:

412 Roosevelt Drive, Naugatuck Valley Community College founders 309A
Derby, CT 06418
203-751-9550