Technical Assistance

These federal, state and local resources provide direct assistance to small businesses. Follow the links below to find advice, free counseling, training and info on loans for your business. Also, mix and mingle and enjoy the benefits of membership by joining one of the local membership organizations.

TAP The LinkThe Technical Assistance Program (TAP) which provides Bridgeport businesses with an opportunity to utilize free services meant to give businesses the best chance at success.

US Small Business AdministrationThe US Small Business Administration provides loans, financial assistance and counseling and training through SCORE and the CT and Women’s Small Business Development Centers.

WBDCWBDC provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) at training sites throughout Connecticut, offering a continuum of programs and services to clients in need while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the spectrum.

DECDThe Department of Economic and Community Development serves as a serves as a resource to help to CT businesses seeking information, technical assistance or financial support.

Southern Ct Small Business Development CenterThe Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides no-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.

SCOREGreater Bridgeport SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. Greater Bridgeport SCORE also offers no fee workshops, for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.

FSW Logo copyFor some, entrepreneurship may be a road to financial freedom. LifeBridge offers programs to help you succeed as a business owner.

SeCTerCT PTAP’s mission is to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAP is a statewide program serving all cities and towns in Connecticut.


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