Municipal and Small Business Resource Center


To increase economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, CRCOG launched this clearinghouse to connect municipalities, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to the resources needed to assess existing community resources, identify and mitigate vulnerabilities, and to better understand the populations and workforce in our Region's business corridors. This Municipal and Small Business Resource Center was developed using funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration CARES Act, through the CT Department of Economic and Community Development. 

Small businesses are a vital part of our economy. A 2019 Small Business Association (SBA) Report found that small businesses accounted for 44% of U.S. economic activity. 

Small businesses reflect the diversity of the United States population in a way that the employee base of large corporations do not. 36 percent of small businesses are owned by women. 9 percent are owned by veterans. 14.6 percent of small businesses are owned by people of color. This includes 2.3 million Latinx business owners, 1.9 million black business owners and 1.6 million Asian business owners.”  Source: The Importance of a Small Business | Better Accounting  

Community Assessment

A Community Assessment provides a path to diagnosing your community's vulnerability, understanding impacts to different populations, and planning for resilience.

Small Business/Commercial Assessment

Prepare A Diagnostic Of Your Community's Vulnerable Areas
  • Adaptive Capacity - physical environment, business environment, market demand
  • Identify small business hubs/areas and their workforce - correlation of Live & Work, including ALICE population
  • Analyze the impact of past disaster/pandemic response on small businesses - SWOT business interviews

Municipal Small Business/Commercial Action Plan

Template for municipal action plan for implementation and response - know how to respond and who to respond to
  • Recognize small businesses and role they play in your community's economic health and growth
  • Identify Small Business support resources
  • Identify supports available to ALICE population/workforce
  • Identify existing gaps in Community Resources
  • Implement policies and programs to support small businesses -review existing zoning and regulations, identify gaps or impediments

Corridor Data

A series of corridor Infographs were prepared to better understand the populations and workforce along business corridors in our region. "ALICE" stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and represents the growing number of families who are unable to afford the basics of housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care, and technology. These workers often struggle to keep their own households from financial ruin, while keeping our local communities running.

Per the United Way Policy Agenda: "Locked out of assistance. In 2021, more than 40% of ALICE children lived in households that couldn't afford enough food; most of these families did not qualify for free/reduced-price school meals or for SNAP." 

Identifying and Assessing Municipal and Regional ALICE Populations:

  • Identify ALICE workforce residence/housing
  • Identify unmet needs/areas of assistance for ALICE small business employees
  • Identify ALICE & small business programs in place, and were services are lacking
  • Assess the economic impact of a disaster on the small business workforce and community.

To learn more about ALICE populations in the region, click on the infographics for these business corridors.

Resource Center

Community resources are for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to expand and grow their existing business. Resources include business planning, training, sources of capital and useful sites for creating a resilient business community.

Community Resources

Business Assessment Resources

Training and Education Resources

Business Growth Resources


CT Small Business Boost Fund logo

  • Low interest loans
  • Tailored for Connecticut small business and non-profits
  • Fixed 4.5% interest rate


  • Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Supplying to federal, state, and local governments

Capital Workforce Partners

  • Connect with qualified workers
  • For employers and jobseekers
  • Webinar series

Community Economic Development Fund