Meriden 2020, Bringing It Together

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Earns National Accreditation

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the national accrediting body for Small Business Development Centers under contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is the first time the CTSBDC program has earned this prestigious accomplishment in the State of Connecticut. The America's SBDC Accreditation Committee voted to fully accredit the CTSBDC program and announced this at the America's SBDC semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C. in February 2017.

Federal statute mandates that every five years, SBDC programs undergo a robust review to continue program eligibility and funding.This review process helps to eliminate inconsistencies between the nationwide network of 1,000 SBDC locations and over 4,000 SBDC business advisors, and creates a standard that defines excellence while providing an approach to achieving the highest performance. No other publicly-funded program undergoes the accountability examinations and reviews that SBDCs receive.

 The Connecticut Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential business advising services to small business owners and entrepreneurs in every stage of business development and growth in the State of Connecticut.  CTSBDC business advisors are prepared to assist with a range of business issues including investigating capital opportunities and loan preparation, international trade, growth strategies, market research, marketing plans, disaster preparedness and more. This program operates under the guidance of the lead office at the University of Connecticut School of Business and has over 30 locations, plus offers access to Virtual CTSBDC at 25 public libraries statewide.

CTSBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Connecticut, and is a member of America's SBDC, celebrating over 35 years of providing proven technical assistance to small businesses in 1000 centers nationwide.

The City of Meriden has partnered with the CT SBDC to provide small business advisory services two days per week (or by appointment) at City Hall, 142 East Main Street, Meriden CT.  For more information or to register for business advising, visit GrowCT.com, Facebook.com/GrowCT and Twitter.com/GrowCT.