MILFORD >> Free seminars for small-business owners and those thinking of about entrepreneurship will be held in September.

Workshops will run 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.

The programs are sponsored 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.

The sessions are:

• 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 success. This 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 it to have a business plan? Do you know what a SWOT analysis is? Can the two be connected? The discussion will include the importance of both, what they are used for, what information they should contain and what they say about a business.

• Sept. 21: How to Finance Your Small Business (Conference Room B):

Finding capital for a 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.

• Sept. 28: Contracting 101 (Conference Room B):

This seminar will cover where people need to be registered to do business with the state and federal governments, including 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