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Milford Seminars: Small Businesses Begin With Big Dreams

Milford Seminars: Small Businesses Begin With Big Dreams

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”  

That advice from an ancient proverb is timeless and speaks to the opportunity awaiting those with an entrepreneurial idea in the city of Milford.  For all those budding businessmen and women, now is time to act on your dream.

Milford’s Economic and Community Development and the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer a free series on small business start-ups. Other partners in this program include the Greater New Haven Score Chapter and the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of any local community,” Mayor Benjamin Blake said. “This is an incredible opportunity for Milford entrepreneurs to better understand what it takes to be successful.”

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Topics range from starting your own business to how to navigate the state and federal bid process. The seminars are designed to help new businesses owners get off on the right foot and that begins with choosing a business name and finding the most appropriate business model.

Participants will learn the importance of a SWOT analysis – a process that identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Finding capital is also a critical component and seminar instructors offer pointers on the SBA’s guaranteed loan program and micro loan program as well as other available funding sources.

For those who have designs on being a vendor with the state of Connecticut or federal government, an entire seminar is devoted to finding government bids, navigating state and federal contracting websites and learning about set-aside programs.


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All workshops will run in Conference Room A from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Parson’s Government Center, 70 West River Street, Milford, Connecticut 06460.

Wednesday April 12, 2017: How to Finance Your Small Business: Finding capital for your small business is NOT impossible. Get pointers from the SBA about SBA’s guaranteed loan program and micro-loan program as well as other lending programs.

Wednesday May 10, 2017: Contracting 101: This seminar will cover where you need to be registered to do business with the State of Connecticut and Federal Government. You will be shown the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the State’s bid portal where State and Municipal bids can be found. Also covered will be State and Federal Set-aside programs.

To register contact Lisa Powell at 860.240.4892 or for more information please call Julie Nash, Economic and Community Development Director at 203-783-3230.