City teams up with business council to provide guidance for business owners

The City of Milford’s Department of Economic and Community Development has partnered with Connecticut’s Small Business Development Council to offer bimonthly office hours at Parsons Government Center.
A representative from the organization is available twice monthly — on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month — to assist, guide and educate prospective and existing business owners. Office hours will be held at the Parsons Government Center by appointment.
“The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is pleased to partner with the City of Milford to provide an additional access point for small business assistance in the state,” said Emily Carter, Connecticut’s Small Business Development Council State Director.
In addition to monthly office hours, the council has established a virtual location at the Milford Public Library. Adding to the nearly 30 virtual locations around the state, the new station in Milford offers a laptop equipped with Google Hangouts.
Individuals wishing to connect with a council representative can meet “virtually” from the library. Training will be provided to librarians to assist anyone unfamiliar with Google Hangouts. The virtual set-up will be confidential and allow individuals to work on business documents and applications for funding with the help of skilled business advisors, all without leaving Milford.
Milford Public Library Director Christine Angeli said the program supports the library’s mission to educate, inform and improve the community.
“The Milford Public Library is excited to be able to offer support services to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. The addition of a virtual Connecticut’s Small Business Development Council office at the library will greatly expand our ability to provide relevant business information to our community,” said Angeli.
The council provides no cost, confidential advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can meet with professional business advisors to learn more about everything from startup planning and marketing, to assisting with access to capital, global growth, market research, disaster preparedness and more.
Mayor Benjamin Blake commented on the collaboration, stating, “This is a great partnership between our local, state and federal government; we’re improving access to critical resources, as well as support for small business in the City of Milford.”