The state Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. will be visiting all regions of the state in March and April to raise awareness about resources available to help businesses.

The first forum will take place on March 11 in New Haven.

“Connecticut’s economic development toolbox includes a wide array of programs to help businesses compete and grow,” says DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith.

“These include financing and job training programs, help with developing business plans, site selection services, connecting companies with technical experts, permit assistance, and many others.

“These forums provide companies, developers, chamber associates, economic development professionals, and others the opportunity to learn more about the variety of services we have to offer and interact with key members of our business development team.”

CERC, a nonprofit corporation that provides economic development services, will present an overview of new business and municipal resources for economic growth.

“Through our collaboration with DECD, CERC helps provide business with information and answers that they need to be successful in Connecticut,” said Robert Santy, President and CEO of CERC.

“And we assist municipalities with getting the resources they need to grow their local economy and businesses.”

These forums will also feature DECD’s new deputy commissioner Bart Kollen, who joined the department in February.


  • Friday, March 11, 8:00–9:30 am
    Frontier Communications, 310 Orange Street, New Haven
  • Monday, March 14, 9:15–10:45 am
    Radisson, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell
  • Wednesday, March 16, 1:00–2:30 pm
    Goodwin College Auditorium, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford
  • Wednesday, March 16, 4:00–5:30 pm
    Windham Club, 184 Club Rd, North Windham
  • Monday, March 21, 9:30–11:00 am
    Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, 333 Kennedy Drive, Torrington
  • Tuesday, March 22, 9:00–10:30 am
    Town of Vernon, 14 Park Place, Rockville
  • Monday, March 28, 8:30–10:00 am
    Cartus, 46 Apple Ridge Road, Danbury

Monday, March 28, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 pm
Margret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport

  • Wednesday, March 30, 8:30–10:00 am
    Groton Municipal Building (auditorium), 2915 Meridian Street, Groton
  • Friday, April 1, 12:00–1:30 pm
    Landmark Square Conference Center, 4 Landmark Square, Stamford