Starting a Business in Connecticut

Visit the State of Connecticut Official Website
Go to: “Doing Business," Choose from various subjects:

  • Business Resources
  • Doing Business with the State
  • Registration, Licensing and Permits
  • Business Regulation
  • Taxation

Your Guide Through the Business Registration Process: (CBRC CT's Business Response Center)

Phone:  1-800-392-2122

The first step for business start-ups

The system will guide you step-by-step through the process leading you to the appropriate agencies, necessary forms and additional information sources. There's no charge for Smart Start services, but agency fees still apply.


DECD is your #1 resource for business assistance and industry development and provides all the information you need to know about successfully doing business in Connecticut.


    • Bakery
    • Apple Juice and Cider
    • Cheese Dealer’s License
    • Eggnog Plant
    • Farm Winery Retail/Wholesale
    • Frozen Dessert Retailer
    • Frozen Dessert Wholesaler
    • Manufacturer Beer Permit
    • Manufacturer Cider Liquor Permit
    • Manufacturer Liquor Permit
    • Small Winery Certificate


If you want to read more:

Connecticut SBA Business Information Center

  • The Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford provides training courses on how to run your own business.
  • SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership provides individual business counseling and access to SBA programs and services.                                 
  • Connecticut Business and Industry Association serves as a business advocacy organization, provides group health insurance programs, and many other programs.
  • SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business. SCORE counselors provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
  • Connecticut Community Investment Corporation provides business consulting services and business plan assistance.  

Business plan resources        

  • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service                                                                                                  Developing a Business Plan for Value-Added Agricultural Products (pdf)                                                                  A four-page summary of business plans.                                                                                                                               
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension                                                                                                     Capital Sources for Your Business

       Fact sheet that describes the 5 C’s of credit, types of capital, and ten sources of capital.