The City of Stamford has many programs, nonprofits, and departments with the purpose of assisting small business owners. The City Resources listed here offer everything from networking events to business counseling.
The State of Connecticut has many programs, nonprofits, and entire departments with the sole purpose of assisting small business owners. The State Resources listed here offer everything from tax incentives and low-interest loans to legal assistance.
Chambers of Commerce
A chamber of commerce is a local association whose priority is to promote and protect the interests of the business community. The Stamford area has three chambers of commerce: the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern Connecticut Black Chamber of Commerce. Each of these associations is focused on educating business owners, holding networking events, and pushing pro-business legislation through the government. These associations offer amazing services to their members businesses, which are discussed in the featured resources section here.
Similar to a chamber of commerce, a merchants association is a business network. Prior to the construction of malls, merchant associations were more commonplace. Merchants would unify in order to organize events, decorations, or regulations. Stamford has one Merchant Association: the Stamford Downtown Special Services District (also known as Stamford DSSD, SDSSD, or Stamford Downtown). Learn more about the DSSD and their activities and events here. If you want to learn more about joining the association, click here.