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Celebrate CT MFG Day & Month This October

Get Ready & Get Involved!

CCAT celebrates modern manufacturing in Connecticut.

The month of October presents a chance for manufacturers, educators, and parents to come together to raise awareness and inspire the next generation of makers, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. This page is dedicated to sharing resources and opportunities to explore and support innovation in Connecticut, not just for one day or even one month, but 365 days a year!

To get the latest updates on national events and resources from Manufacturing Institute

Let’s Transform Connecticut
CBIA’s 2022 Transform Connecticut campaign features a package of policy solutions targeting the worker shortage crisis, the greatest threat to our economic recovery and growth. Developed with the collaboration of stakeholders from across the state, these policies are designed to transform the state for the long-term, building a sustainable opportunity economy emphasizing affordability, meaningful, rewarding careers, and a positive business climate.

Rather than endorse candidates for elected office this year, CBIA is encouraging them to sign the Transform Connecticut policy pledge and show their commitment to our great state and its residents. 

Your support is critical to the campaign’s success.  Join the Transform Connecticut coalition and also share information about the campaign with your members and communities encouraging them to sign the pledge as well. If you meet with candidates for office, let them also know the importance of these policy solutions.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact:

Stevie Ann Cote
Advocacy Outreach Manager  |  CBIA
860.244.1978 (o)  |  570.780.3588 (m)
350 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103
CBIA & Affiliates

Connecticut’s Economic Action Plan

As part of the state’s Economic Action Plan,  the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is launching two initiatives that will restore jobs, accelerate growth opportunities, and ensure an economy that works for everyone as we recover from the pandemic:

Small Business Loan Fund for Women, Minorities and Non Profits

Innovation Corridor – Provides up to $100 million in state co-investment that will seed three transformational, place-making projects in cities; 101 College St. in New Haven is currently underway and considered the first project investment.

CT Communities Challenge – Competitive grant program ($1M – $10M in size) to improve livability and vibrancy in communities throughout the state.

DECD recently hosted a virtual presentation to provide an overview of these two programs.  Below are links to materials from the event:

  • Please click here for a PDF of the presentation
  • Please click here for a recording of the Zoom event
  • Please click here to send questions or feedback regarding these two programs.


(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the State of Connecticut’s plan to deploy up to $119.5 million in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

 Connecticut’s SSBCI program will support underserved entrepreneurs across the state through a variety of loan and equity programs designed to spur small business growth, create jobs, promote equity, and catalyze green technologies.

 “We are thrilled to accept SSBCI funding from Treasury and get it into the hands of small businesses, which are at the heart of Connecticut’s strong economy,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank the Biden administration and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for providing this funding through ARPA to accelerate our COVID recovery.”

 “Congress’s goal in passing the American Rescue Plan Act was to help our country quickly recover economically from the COVID pandemic,”the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “This use of ARPA funds will spur small business growth and green energy through major investments in entrepreneurship. These vital investments will create thousands of new jobs and will work to make Connecticut more equitable and sustainable. Our delegation is proud to have fought to bring these funds back to Connecticut.”

 “This is an historic investment in entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation through the American Rescue Plan that will help reduce barriers to capital access for traditionally underserved communities,” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen said. “I’m excited to see how SSBCI funds will promote equitable economic growth across the country.”

 This new federal support will enable the launch of two initiatives central to the overarching Governor’s Economic Development Action Plan, a strategic package of initiatives undertaken in 2021 that totals more than $600 million over five years that will result in a projected 80,000 new jobs.

 SSBCI funds will be administered by Connecticut Innovations, the state’s strategic venture capital arm and leading source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies.

With this capitalization, Connecticut Innovations will launch two new funds:

 The Connecticut Future Fund, supporting entrepreneurs from underserved and diverse backgrounds who lead small businesses in a variety of sectors; and

  • The ClimateTech (CT) Fund, supporting early-stage businesses with a focus on clean energy, environmentally safe manufacturing, and climate resiliency.

 Both of these new funds will be supplemented with existing Connecticut Innovations funds. Other SSBCI funds will support existing Connecticut Innovations programs, such as initiatives to support bioscience and advanced manufacturing businesses. Connecticut Innovation’s investments will include early-stage venture debt and equity investments.

 “This funding allows us to support underrepresented founders and allow us to grow, attract and retain the most promising green tech companies in Connecticut,” Connecticut Innovations CEO Matthew McCooe said. “We look forward to putting these dollars to work and helping Connecticut-based companies succeed.”

 “Our strategic investments in underserved entrepreneurs and green technologies will now be supersized thanks to SSBCI,” Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner David Lehman said. “As soon as ARPA became law, DECD and our partners at Connecticut Innovations have been hard at work planning how to optimize our use of new federal funding, and we are now ready to hit the ground running with this award.”

Minority Business Development Agency Advanced Manufacturing Program

The MBDAMP is a five year grant (7/1/2021 – 6/30/2026 ) to promote and ensure the growth of
minority enterprises through technical assistance, business development, and manufacturing
assistance delivered through a network of experienced organizations in New England. The
services are provided at no cost to the client. Learn more by following this link

Women’s Business Development Council Programs

Financial Foundations: Applying for PPP Forgiveness – Dec. 2, 12-1 p.m. – The newly released Economic Aid Act has made some positive changes to PPP Forgiveness. Join WBDC Business Advisor Sherry Konwerski to find out the steps you need to apply for the PPP Forgiveness. Register Here/No Cost

WBDC Town Hall: CT Paid Leave – The Employee Perspective – Dec. 6, 3- 4 p.m.
Join WBDC CEO Fran Pastore and CT Paid Leave CEO Andrea Reeves for a Town Hall discussion on how the CT Paid Leave program covers Connecticut employees. The CT Paid Leave program can allow you or your employees to take time off from work to care for loved ones without worrying about lost income. Join this webinar to learn about who is eligible, what are considered qualifying events, and what your contributions can provide you for income replacement.  Register Here/No Cost

Making Cents of Your Idea – Dec. 14, 12 – 1 p.m.
Have a great idea for a new business? Come learn how to evaluate your idea to be sure it is a viable business concept. Or, learn how to adapt your idea so that it can become the successful business you’re envisioning. Register Here/No Cost

Exploring Entrepreneurship – Dec. 16 – 12 – 1 p.m.
Do you aspire to have your own business? Do you think you know what you need? This program explores everything you need to know to decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. Examine your business concept and learn what you will need to get started. Register Here/No Cost

WBDC/SBA Q&A – Dec. 16 – 2 -3 p.m.
Join WBDC Business Advisory Sherry Konwerski and several local SBA representatives for a panel discussion and Q&A session. Topics will include:

  • The latest information on PPP Forgiveness, and
  • Women Owned Small Business Certification – What is it, how can it benefit your small business, what you need to do to become certified.


Summary Municipal Election Results for Bloomfield – November 2, 2021

Follow the link for the official results

National Veterans Small Business Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service member (including National Guard and Reserve), veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners – past, present, and future – during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW).

The SBA is here to help you tackle new challenges – whether it’s understanding how to become lender ready, develop an emergency plan, or connect with a mentor to help you rebuild your professional network.

Like all successful missions, small business ownership starts with training. That’s why SBA empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses with entrepreneurial trainings and resources right in their local community. Through a network of partners and grantees, SBA offers specialized training programs for women veterans, service-disabled veterans, and veterans interested in federal procurement. Entrepreneurs across the nation can access these programs in-person or virtually at every stage of small business ownership.

Monday November 1, 2021

  • 9:30am – 10:30am  VBOC of New England- Business Plan Basics:   Register Here – VBOC                              
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm  VBOC of New England- Introduction to Resources for Your Veteran-Owned Small Business: Register Here – VBOC

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • 10am – 1pm   CT District Office – Veterans and Military Spouse Resource Fair, VA Connecticut Newington Campus – No registration necessary, visit us outside the canteen in the basement of the VA, 555 Willard Ave., Newington, CT           
  • 8:30am – 2:00pm REGION 1 – Boots to Business, New Hampshire/Maine: Register Here (virtual) – VBOC
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm   VBOC of New England- Raising Capital for Veteran Owned Businesses Roundtable: Register Here – VBOC

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • 10:00am – 1pm   CT District Office, Veteran and Military Spouse Resource Fair,  VA Connecticut, West Haven Campus: No registration necessary, meet us outside the cafeteria at the VA, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT                                               
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm   VBOC of New England – PTAC & VBOC Veteran’s Small Business Week Presentation: Register Here (virtual)  VBOC           

Thursday, November 4, 2021

  •  4:30pm – 5:30pm    VBOC of New England – The Importance of Knowing What your Business is Worth: Register Here – (virtual)   VBOC                            

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021        

  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm   CT District Office – Veterans Resource Fair, Southern CT State University: No registration necessary, visit us at the Adanti Student Center Theater 345 Fitch St., New Haven, CT

Saturday November 13, 2021    

  • 12:00pm – 6:00pm  – VETS ROCK at Mohegan Sun, Earth Expo and Convention Center,  Uncasville CT:  Visit the CT District Office Table at:         Vets Rock

Wednesday/Thursday – November 17/18        

9:00am – 1:15pm  CT District Office – Boots 2 Business Training Program, for more information: [email protected]



Battle Buddy to Business Buddy

On Friday, November 5, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., join in the dynamic discussion featuring successful veteran business owners sharing their entrepreneurial journey and use of SBA resources.

Opening remarks by U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, (CT-2)
Featuring –
Jacqueline Nichols-Holden, Holden Hands
Matt Westfall, Counter Weight Brewing
Dan Lanigan, New England Concession

Register Here

Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce presents CT Paid Leave: What you Need to Know

Do you know everything there is to know about CT Paid Leave? Most businesses with one or more employees will be impacted by paid leave, which ensures that workers will not have to choose between a paycheck and their ability to care for themselves or their loved ones.  Join us on Wednesday, April 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for a conversation on paid leave  specifically for small businesses, including which employers must participate, who will be eligible for paid leave, and the resources available to support both businesses and workers. This webinar will be recorded.

Register now! Sign up here:


The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut.

Round 3 will be announced in April.

The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help women-owned businesses pivot, expand or restructure during pandemic times and beyond.  Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business.  Priority will be given to those from economically distressed municipalities.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a WBDC business advisor.
Call 203-751-9550 and select option 4, or email [email protected].
Stay tuned for grant opportunities for startup ventures this spring!

The following resources are identified for general informational purposes only and are compiled with publicly available information or with information provided by sources that are publicly obtainable. Please view this document as only a starting point for individual research. The user should always directly consult the provider of a potential resource for current program information and to verify the applicability of a particular program. Resources listed without a deadline are usually available for applications on an ongoing basis.

Enhancing Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Vaccines against Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Description: CBER seeks to support several research projects that are focused on developing novel technologies for the advanced manufacturing of complex biologic products or innovative analytical approaches for improving product manufacturing and quality.
Deadline: May-18-2021
Funding Amount: $2,000,000
Dept/Agency Department of Health and Human Services/Food and Drug Administration
Eligibility: Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, County governments, City or township governments, Nonprofits

Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program
Program Overview: The purpose of the Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program is to enhance local capacity to sustainably operate low-barrier, participant-led programs that address the home modification needs of low-income older persons and their caregivers.
Deadline: May-04- 2021
Dept:. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Eligibility: Nonprofits , County governments, State governments, City or township governments, Special district governments

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections & Archives
The program supports digitization projects that will thoughtfully capture and share the untapped stories of people, communities, and populations who are underrepresented in digital collections in ways that contribute to a more complete understanding of human history.
Deadline: April-30-2021
Funding Amount:
$50,000 to $350,000
Dept/Agency Council on Library and Information Resources
Eligibility: Libraries from State governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Digital Projects for the Public
The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.
Deadline: Operational Draft: May-05-2021; Application: June-09-2021
Funding Amount: $30,000 maximum
Dept: National Endowment for the Humanities
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, County governments, State governments, Special district governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, Private institutions of higher education

Conservation Innovation Grants Connecticut State Program

Description Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

Deadline: April-02-2021

Funding Amount: $10,000 to $250,000

Dept/Agency National Resources Conservation Service Connecticut


Eligibility: Connecticut: a. City or township governments b. County governments c. For profit organizations other than small businesses  d. Independent school districts e. Individuals      f.  Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) g. Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) h. Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) i. Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) j. Private institutions of higher education k. Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education l. Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities m. Small businesses n. Special district governments  o. State governments

BUILD Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity

Description The Department is currently revising the FY 2021 BUILD Notice of Funding Opportunity. Any FY2021 BUILD NOFOs issued before January 21, 2021, including any previously published on this website or, are withdrawn, and will not be used. The Department will publish the final FY 2021 BUILD NOFO at and by the April 26, 2021 statutory deadline.

Deadline: By April-26-2021

Funding Amount: TBA

Dept: Department of Transportation


Eligibility: TBA

March 16 is Connecticut Business Day 2021

Join hundreds of your fellow business leaders Tuesday, March 16 for Connecticut Business Day 2021. Your voice matters—this is your opportunity to share your concerns and challenges with state legislators and help improve the state’s business climate and competitiveness.

The next few years are pivotal for Connecticut’s economic future. Your attendance March 16 sends a message that businesses are a part of the solution.

Registration is free, but please register in advance. Reach out to your lawmakers before Business Day through Phone2Action! Creates Visibility and Provides Support for Black-Owned Businesses

“Our goal is to have every Black-owned business that exists in Connecticut represented on the site—whether they’ve been in business for years or they’re just starting out,” says Founder and Co-Contributor Sarah Thompson, who is also Senior Director for Marketing Communications at The Village for Families & Children.



Westfield, MA Westfield Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Phillips as Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for Westfield Bank, including employee benefits, compensation, payroll, recruitment, employee relations, compliance, management development, and performance/talent management. 

Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips was First Vice President at Peoples Bank in Holyoke, 

Massachusetts, and Executive Vice President at United Personnel in Springfield, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

A resident of South Hadley, MA, Phillips is an elected member of the School Committee for the South Hadley Public Schools, a position she has held for the past six years. She serves as Co-President of the St. Patrick’s CYO Basketball program, and serves on the Board of Directors of Western Mass CYO Basketball.

According to James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips is a crucial addition to the Bank and Western New England Bancorp. “Christine understands that Human Resources is about proactively serving people, giving them the tools they need to be productive and successful employees as they go about the work of serving our customers. Her demonstrated skill at providing people with the resources they need to be better, more effective employees will help ensure a strong, effective Westfield Bank in the years to come.”

About Westfield Bank
Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two freestanding ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut.

Equity Match Grant Program for Women in Business

Research shows that an overwhelming majority of the more than 60,000 Connecticut businesses that secured federal loans for COVID-19 relief were male or white-owned: 78 percent were male-owned; 84 percent were white-owned; seven percent were Asian-owned; six percent were Hispanic-owned; and three percent were Black-owned. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, the Women’s Business Development Council, and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today announced a new COVID-19 relief program designed to provide much-needed cash grants to women entrepreneurs disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

The Equity Match Grant Program, which will be administered by the Women’s Business Development Council through its Opportunity Fund, will aid entrepreneurs in accessing the capital needed to establish banking relationships, improve credit, and overcome challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Together, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, raised $525,000 in funds. The State will match the funds up to $500,000, bringing the total amount of funds available in the Equity Match Grant Program to more than $1 million. 

Funds from the Equity Match Grant Program can be used to purchase critical business assets such as the personal protective equipment needed to comply with reopening guidelines, or to pivot to an online business model which will help the company increase revenue and improve its cash flow. 

Grants between $2,500 and $10,00 may be given for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business. Applicants are required to provide a 25% match.  

To qualify to apply for an Equity Match Grant businesses should: 

  • Be a woman-owned business; 
  • Have prior participation in WBDC programs or services; 
  • Be in business with a record of sales for a minimum of one year;  
  • Be registered in Connecticut and in good standing with the state; 
  • Utilize an online or automated financial system; 
  • Have an established business-banking relationship. 

Apply for the Equity Match Grant Program here

To learn more about the Equity Match Grant Program and receive updated funder information, contact [email protected]

If you have any questions or would like to reach out, don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call my office at (860) 240-0472. To stay up to date on everything I’m doing at the Capitol, please visit my web page and like my official Facebook page.

Capital Workforce Partners Awarded $10 million grant to support Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CT-WHISP).

An award of $10 million was granted to Capital Workforce Partners, on behalf of the Connecticut Workforce Development Council, from the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, H-1B One Workforce Grant Program to support the Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CT-WHISP).

The CT Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership will support the development and expansion of a talent pipeline of Connecticut workers in two industry sectors, including the tapping of new talent for information technology (IT) and retooling the advanced manufacturing workforce. Please find attached a summary of the project. Anticipated Outcomes: A total of 2,086 participants will be served with 499 un/under-employed individuals receiving credential-based IT training, 1,397 incumbent IT and Adv. Mfg. workers placed in upskilling
opportunities, and 190 individuals receiving On-the-Job Training supports. CT-WHISP leverages over $8.7 million (with more than $4 million in leveraged resources from business partners), and further aligns tomajor technology-based initiatives such as the Digital Talent Ecosystem Initiative. More information will be shared in the coming days.  

Mayors United Food Distribution

Every Friday, beginning October 9th through October 30th,  the Towns of Bloomfield, West Hartford and Windsor, will host a food distribution program for its residents.  Each family may receive 1 box of food. 

Distribution will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm at the Rehobeth Church of God, 1170 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield. Face masks are required. 

Hosted by the Mayors of Bloomfield, West Hartford and Windsor. For more details, visit the Town of Bloomfield website (

CT Tax Free Week 2020

Support local businesses during CT Tax Free Week, Aug. 16-Aug. 22! The event applies to items normally sold for less than $100, specifically clothing and footwear. Here is a complete list of exempt and nonexempt items.

Take advantage of savings on:
athletic socks, baseball caps, belts/suspenders/buckles, blouses. gloves, golf/polo shirts, diapers, hats/caps, jeans, rain jackets, rented uniforms, shirts, swim suits, work clothes, and much more.

Auerfarm Hosts its Annual Blueberry Jam 

Join Auerfarm on July 25th from 5:00-7:30 for its annual Blueberry Jam! The RePublic will be providing dinner and dessert. Listen to the Carroll Sisters perform as you eat your dinner. The cost per person is $40/adult and $10/child and we have availability for 80 people to dine here while socially distancing in our natural 2 acre amphitheater. You also have the choice of purchasing a “to-go” meal. If you purchase a “to-go” meal, you can log onto our Facebook page to listen to the Carroll Sisters also.

The menu for the Blueberry Jam on July 25th is as follows:
1st course: Watermelon and feta salad
2nd course: Choice of Chorizo or Salmon burger
3rd course: Blueberry crumble
Sides: French fries, street corn
Children’s menu is mac n cheese with the normal sides.
Each course comes with a choice of local beer or cider.

To reserve a seat or for any questions, please email Mark at [email protected].

Bloomfield Chamber Offers Dale Carnegie Training

Topic: Leadership Considerations to Maximize Peak Employee Performance During the Reopen Virtual Training Session
  • Understand what leadership considerations need to be made to boost employee 
  • productivity when reopening the business
  • Learn how to respond to the emotional requirements of your employees 
  • Develop a people and performance management strategy for the “Post Pandemic New Normal”
  • Fill out a Re-Open checklist which will lead to developing a simple operational Plan

Seats are going quickly. Members and non-members are welcome.  Register here now!

Marketing: Staying Relevant in the time of Crisis

Minding Her Own Business: Celebrating Women of Color in Business and Entrepreneurship
A Virtual Conference

July 10, 2020

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BCC Small Business Town Hall Meeting

View our virtual Town Meeting.

Visit HERE

Virtual Conversations – Marketing: Staying Relevant in the time of Crisis

View our virtual Town Meeting.

Visit HERE

Services and Resources for Businesses in North-Central CT

“In collaboration with the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Capital Workforce Partner’s Business Services team continues to offer it’s services to the Business communities in our region”.

Visit HERE

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