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Networks and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Angel Investor Form (AIF): Organization of Connecticut angel investors.
Association for Corporate Growth - Connecticut Chapter (ACG):  The ACG is an association of corporate professionals involved in corporate growth and corporate development for midsize and large companies throughout Connecticut. The group holds monthly meetings with speakers and networking opportunities.

Business Council of Fairfield County:  The Business Council, formerly known as SACIA, is an association of businesses of all sizes located in Fairfield County. Like the CBIA, the Business Council hosts forums and events to create a more vibrant and commercially viable region. The Business Council has recently begun the Center for Growth Resources, to assist Stage 2 companies (10 to 99 employees) in finding state and private funding and in growing their businesses.

City Of New Haven Resources and Incentive Programs: The City of New Haven has compiled a list of city and state resources and incentives that are available to businesses.

Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA):  Largest organization in Connecticut representing the business community.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT): CCAT is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to a diverse base of customers, including manufacturers, high-technology firms, small businesses and entrepreneurs, educators, and public policymakers.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD):  State agency charged with developing and growing Connecticut's economy.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC):  A public-private partnership providing objecting research, marketing, and economic development resources to Connecticut businesses.

Connecticut Innovations (CI):  State back venture firm investing in technology companies.  

Connecticut Technology Council (CTC):  Statewide association of technology oriented companies.

CONN/STEP: Non-profit organization helping Connecticut manufacturers apply advanced manufacturing and management techniques.

Crossroads Venture Group (CVG):  Assists angel and venture investment in high-growth companies in Connecticut. 

CTNext:  A developing initiative to create a globally competitive environment for emerging technology companies and to assist Stage 2 companies (10 to 99 employees) grow in Connecticut. Formerly called "The Innovation Ecosystem", CTNext will create and link infrastructure to support innovation, company formation and growth through state-funded programs statewide, but focused in four major areas -- Stamford, New Haven, Hartford, and Storrs.

CURE:  Business and support network for Connecticut's bioscience industry.

Entrepreneurial Center, University of Hartford: The Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Our cost-effective, high-quality services, offered to both women and men, enable businesses to compete and prosper.

MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut, Inc.:  Not-for-profit organization helping entrepreneurs develop and refine business plans through monthly forums.