Free workshops offered on small businesses

MILFORD >> Four free seminars are being offered to small-business owners and those thinking of about becoming entrepreneurs.

The Wednesday night programs are offered by the city Economic and Community Development and the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce , with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s CT District Office, the Greater New Haven Score Chapter and Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program. Topics will range from starting your own business to how to navigate the state and federal bid process. Workshops will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.

• Sept. 7: How to Start Your Own Business (Conference Room B): Have you ever thought about starting a business? Doing it right from the start is a key to your success. The seminar will cover topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing and registrations.

• Sept. 14: ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis (Conference Room C): How important is a business plan? Do you know what a SWOT analysis is? Can the two be connected? You will learn the importance of both, what they are used for, what information they should contain and what they say about your business.

• Sept. 21: How to Finance Your Small Business (Conference Room B): Finding capital for your small business is not impossible. Get pointers from the SBA its guaranteed loan program and micro-loan program among other lending programs.

• Sept. 28: Contracting 101 (Conference Room B): This seminar will cover where you need to be registered to do business with the state and federal governments. It will show 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, call Julie Nash, economic and community development director, at 203-783-3230.