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Small Business Support


We are dedicated to fostering a thriving business community in New Haven. We understand the challenges faced by small businesses and are committed to providing support and resources to help them succeed. Our chamber offers a range of services tailored to the needs of local businesses, including monthly Small Business Council luncheons. Visit our EVENTS page to learn more. We believe that by working together, we can create a stronger and more vibrant economy.

Whether you're a startup looking for guidance or an established business seeking new opportunities, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Join us in building a prosperous future for our community.

Meet Kobéy Smith, our Small Business Support Specialist. Kobéy is here to assist small businesses in need.

Kobéy Smith SQ

Kobéy Smith
Small Business Support Specialist
(203) 782-4342


The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides business advising to small business owners and entrepreneurs to start, grow and thrive in Connecticut. Our Business Advisors offer professional, confidential, and expert business advice for owners to overcome challenges and reach their goals.

Providing comprehensive business assistance is our mission, and we have the free resources, tools, and online trainings to support business owners. Our Business Advisors provide geographic-based demographics, consumer spending data, market research, financial projections, industry reports and so much more! We are committed to enhance Connecticut’s economic wellbeing and build thriving communities.

  • Access to Capital
  • Business Plan Organization and Review
  • Financial Assistance and Cash Flow Management
  • Marketing and Social Media Planning
  • Disaster or Disruption Preparation
  • Industry Trends and Research
  • Export Consulting
  • Market Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Startup Assistance
  • Loan Structuring
  • Resource Referrals

For more information about the CTSBDC or to make an appointment:

Visit their website at and request business advising or contact Mark Hayles, MBA, SAP Cert., MBGP Lead & Business & Finance Specialist, at 860-634-4254 or