MILFORD >> Connecticut’s Small Business Development Council has partnered with the city of Milford Department of Economic and Community Development to offer weekly office hours at the Parsons Government Center.

Chris Pisarz, a business advisor with CTSBDC, will be available weekly 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, CTSBDC State Director.

CTSBDC provides no cost, confidential advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business. The agency can assist small-business owners find funding sources, whether state grants or private loans. In the last fiscal year, the organization raised $41 million for its clients. The group can also connect businesses to competitive market analysis data or to software programs that make bookkeeping more streamlined.

“This is a great partnership between city departments, the state and the federal government to ensure access and support to all resources available to small business in the city of Milford,” said Mayor Benjamin Blake, “There is no reason not to do business in this city.”

To start the process, register for business advising at www.growct.com, type Milford Economic Development in the referral box. Please advise Julie Nash, Director of Economic Development, at jnash@ci.milford.ct.us or 203-783-3230 of registration. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Community Development Department in the Parsons Government Center at 70 West River St. Please call for an appointment.

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, celebrating a proven track record of providing 35 years of service to small businesses.

For more information about the CTSBDC and the services they provide to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the state, visit GrowCT.com or connect on social media at Facebook.com/GrowCT, Twitter.com/GrowCT and LinkedIn.com/company/CTSBDC.