Best Small Business Resources in the Stamford 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 Stamford 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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Stamford Innovation Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

This organization offers office/coworking space, mentoring, and networking opportunities. You can also take classes on subjects such as marketing strategy, social media, and much more. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

175 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901
203-226-8701
team@stamfordicenter.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8:30 am - 6 pm


CTSBDC at the University of Connecticut Stamford

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 Stamford Campus, One University Place
Stamford, CT 06901


Stamford 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 Refinery

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Financial

Description

The Refinery is a small business accelerator that helps women entrepreneurs by providing three months of intensive mentoring, financial planning assistance, leadership training, and more. Their Winter Boost Program features webinars, in-person discussion, and mentoring, while the Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition features awards, prizes, and one-on-one meetings with investors.

Restrictions

Applicants must have at least one female founder, high growth potential, a brand, barrier to entry, or defensible intellectual property.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6 Stony Brook Rd.
Westport, CT 06880
203-858-1649
refineryct@gmail.com


Women's Business Development Center CT

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:

184 Bedford Street, Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901
203-353-1750


Workpoint

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Workpoint is a waterfront coworking space with office amenities, a TV/media studio, kitchen, and event spaces. Workpoint hosts a number of events including book signings, lectures, networking parties, and more. The media studio includes a wide array of filming and editing equipment to cater to Connecticut's growing film industry.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

290 Harbor Drive
Stamford, CT 06902
203-989-9770
INFO@WORKPOINT-STAMFORD.COM

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 6 pm