The Connecticut Library Consortium has partnered with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) on a pilot program to bring free business advising services to a select few communities in the state. As a part of this program, the Southbury Public Library offers virtual, free business advising services through the CTSBDC.
Who is CTSBDC?
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides no-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.
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. The SBDC program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government with a proven track record of providing almost 35 years of service to small businesses.
In an effort to expand the number of locations where individuals seeking information about small business planning, start up, financing, and management can meet with a CTSBDC Business Advisor, the CTSBDC is looking to serve the larger business community by creating “virtual CTSBDC locations”.
What is the project?
The Southbury Public Library has been chosen by the CTSBDC to host a virtual CTSBDC location. Prospective and existing CTSBDC clients can have video conference meetings at the Southbury Public Library with a CTSBDC advisor via the internet, using a dedicated laptop provided by the CTSBDC.
For more information about the program and other resources for small business owners, please click here to view the SBDC General Assistance and Pre-Venture Client Assessment Tool.