In a year of great change, Connecticut’s business community faced many challenges in 2011--and the beginnings of new opportunities. 

Lawmakers approved a new two-year state budget that includes numerous tax increases, along with several new laws dealing with energy, the environment, and the workplace.

Later, in a special session on jobs, the legislature adopted many measures designed to promote job creation and economic development, including new resources for small businesses.

Here is a summary of business-related legislation (pdf) of the regular session of the 2011 General Assembly.

Laws that take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

Laws that took effect on Oct. 1, 2011.

Here is a look at the tax increases and other measures that went into effect on July 1, 2011.

This is a review of DECD’s Small Business Express Program of fast-track loans and grants, approved in the Special Session.

CBIA looks forward to working with the administration and leaders in both parties in 2012 to help shape an agenda that will address employers' concerns, improve the state's economy and get Connecticut back on track.