Connecticut is expanding its online business site with more features designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs to find information and services that help them start or manage operations.

Gov. Ned Lamont said the additional features were based on initial feedback from people using the portal, first introduced in July 2020.

The new features include:

  • A customizable resource center that centralizes 170 different programs for businesses. These resources are from multiple sectors and disciplines, providing financial, technical, and equity-based support programs for business owners in any stage of their business. Users can receive personalized recommendations for resources based on their business and then save them into a tailored collection that stays in their account.
  • A new dynamic, content-rich dashboard that cuts down time needed to find crucial business information, link companies to state compliance needs, and equip business owners with vital, time-sensitive alerts that can impact their business.
  • The latest updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic right from the dashboard. This includes point-of-time data with direct access points for deeper exploration of vaccination numbers, positive cases, business and employer resources, and official state guidance.

'Digital Solution'

“Our goal with the state’s online business portal is to provide a seamless digital solution to current and potential business owners with full-service, personalized guidance about planning, starting, and operating a business in Connecticut,” Lamont said.

He added that the new updates to business.ct.gov move Connecticut closer to its  goal of having entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with the state and more time on their businesses.

The business portal fulfills one of Lamont’s promises—to streamline state business processes, putting more information and forms online to reduce paperwork.

More than 2,500 new businesses have launched with the help of the new portal, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief operating officer and commissioner of administrative services.

He said the recent update of the portal “shows our commitment to continuous improvement so that our residents can spend more time growing their business, with their families, and enjoying our great state, rather than wrestling with government bureaucracy.”