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The Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The Internal Revenue Service
The IRS provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business, as well as information to assist in making basic business decisions. It describes what new business owners need to know about federal taxes.

The State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, Business Information Portal
This site connects you with information about registering your business, information having to do with the daily operation and recordkeeping of your business, as well as information on when to file returns, electronic mandatory requirements and common filing misconceptions by tax types. It also provides important links to related agencies and other resource information.

Entrepreneur Magazine
The website is a great source of ideas for small business people providing useful lists and ideas.

Business USA
Business USA implements a "no wrong door" approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency's website, call center, or office they go to for help.

Hamden Chamber of Commerce
The Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for business, to improve the economic climate and to stimulate growth opportunities in the Hamden area and beyond.

Hamden Economic and Community Development
The Economic Development Commission has developed a long-range Economic Development Plan which promotes programs such as tax incentives, loan programs, a technical assistance program for small businesses, and developing initiatives such as a marketing program for the town and improvements in the Hamden Business Park.

If you're just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.

Women’s Business Development Council
WBDC empowers women and men to become thriving employers and more effective employees. From starting or growing a business to advancing a career or increasing income, WBDC illuminates business success in a tangible and accessible way.

Through workshops, one-on-one coaching and training programs, WBDC delivers business and financial education that makes a difference in people’s lives. We help women and men to reach beyond where they are and grow to the next level.