City Resources

Stamford Small Business Resource Center at the Ferguson Library
The Ferguson Library offers an extensive list of print and digital small business resources in their Small Business Resource Center. The Center also serves as a collaborative space, which promotes brainstorming and networking. The library will also host classes on topics related to small businesses.

Stamford Innovation Center
The SIC is a community-driven organization that offers free business advisory meetings and an office space where new startups can work alongside with and collaborate with like-minded businessmen. The Stamford Innovation Center also hosts networking events and classes.

SCORE
The Fairfield County chapter of SCORE is a group of more than 100 volunteer professionals that offer to share their experience with new and growing entrepreneurs. They offer classes and private sessions on subjects ranging from general management and business planning to public relations and community services. SCORE Fairfield offers business counseling in seven different languages including Spanish.

Trade Name Lookup and Registration
If you are just starting a business or are seeking to change your current business’ name, you must use the above resource to ensure that no one else is currently using that name. Once you look up that name and confirm that it’s available, you can register it at this link as well.

Stamford Commercial Real Estate Listings
You can use this resource to look up commercial real estate if you are looking to buy/rent a new piece of property. You can also use this resource in order to sell/rent out commercial property as well.

Stamford Zoning Map
Before starting or moving your business, you can use this resource in order to ensure that your business plan and zoning laws are in agreement.

Stamford Planning Department
The Stamford Planning Department offers numerous resources about the overall direction of Stamford that could be of use to an entrepreneur. You can view documents like the city’s master plan, capital budget, or the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign Local Action Plan.

Apply for a Building Permit
You can use this resource to apply for a building permit with the city. Before applying for a building permit, we recommend visiting the Building Department to ensure you have all of the necessary forms and sign-offs.

Zoning Rules of Stamford
Before starting or moving your business, you can use this resource in order to ensure that your business plan and zoning laws are in agreement.

Obtaining a Zoning Permit
If you are planning to add an addition onto your current business office (or are building a business office), you will need to have it approved by the Zoning Department of Stamford by using the Application for Zoning Approval Packet. After having your project approved by the building department, you can then pursue getting a building permit.

Stamford 2030
As a 2030 district, Stamford and some of its private businesses have committed to reduce their energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by 50% by 2030. As part of the 2030 district, members can use 2030’s Member Resources Toolkit in order to get a number of free/discounted resources to help business and property owners to get maximum efficiency of their buildings.

Glenbrook Neighborhood Association
The GNA is an association whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Glenbrook, one of Stamford’s many neighborhoods. If you are looking to open a business in Glenbrook, it would be to your advantage to join as a business member and participate in its quarterly meetings and events.

Springdale Neighborhood Association
The SNA is an association whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Springdale, one of Stamford’s many neighborhoods. If you are looking to open a business in Springdale, it would be to your advantage to join as a business member and participate in its quarterly meetings and events.

East Side Partnership
The East Side Partnership is a community association whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life in the East Side Neighborhood. If you’re looking to open a business in the East Side, it would be to your advantage to contribute and participate in their meetings and events.

Waterside Coalition
The Waterside Coalition is a community organization whose mission is to make Waterside a better place to live and work. If you’re looking to open a business in Waterside, it’d be to your advantage to contribute and participate in their meetings and events.

Stamford Downtown Special Services District
Stamford Downtown is responsible for many of the events you’ll see throughout the year, from Alive@Five to the many unique pieces of art you’ll see throughout summer. Along with these amazing events, the SDSSD is a great resource for downtown businesses as well. They offer demographics details, real estate opportunities, their Retail Advancement Program, and more.

Stamford Chamber of Commerce
The Stamford Chamber of Commerce is an organization made to further the civic and economic vitality of the city. The Stamford Chamber of Commerce offers many benefits to its member businesses, including networking events, marketing & advertising, and educational seminars & workshops. As a member you will also receive the City Club Card which is a member-to-member discount program that your business can take advantage of as a member. Apply to become a member here.

Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit agency that serves to “enhance the visibility of Hispanic businesses and business professionals throughout the State.” The GSHCC promotes business interests and the condition of Hispanic and non-hispanic businesses, and encourages cooperation between Hispanic and non-Hispanic businessmen and businesswoman through events and networking.

Doing Business with the City
In order to do business with the City of Stamford, you must go through the Department of Purchasing, which is in charge of procuring the necessary goods and services for all the city’s departments.

Stamford American Job Center Workshops
The Stamford American Job Center offers a good array of workshops for up and coming entrepreneurs. Their workshops teach important skills like Digital Literacy and how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.

Americares Free Clinics
AmeriCares Free Clinics are an amazing resource for our community. These clinics  provide health care to low-income or uninsured patients and offer a range of health services from x-rays and lab tests to physicals and immunizations.

Community Health Center on Franklin Street
The Community Health Center on Franklin Street offers free dental care for everyone especially those who have low income or are uninsured.

Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS)
The CEAS Program is a pre-event credentialing program that allows essential business employees to gain access to restricted areas following a disaster. The CEAS program is a key part of Be Prepared Stamford Initiative. This credential will let you access your business faster in order to maintain IT systems, retrieve vital records/cash, or conduct damage assessments.

Stamford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Stamford’s Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness, basic disaster response skills, and disaster medical operations. Upon completion of the program, CERT members are then included in Stamford’s emergency response force.

Stamford Medical Reserve Corps
The MRC is a program created by President Bush in 2002 in an effort to have medical and public health professionals serve as volunteers during disasters.