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Connecticut Minority Business Initiative


A program designed for minority-owned businesses to access funding, technical assistance and public contracting resources.

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Access resources for minority-owned businesses.


A public-private collaborative initiative which offers Connecticut minority-owned businesses access to the resources needed to build and grow a successful business.


Services include:

  • Business champions where business owners and leaders volunteer to work together to navigate through the resources.
  • Access to capital through DECD's Small Business Express Loan and Manufacturing Assistance Act as well as other partner community lenders.
  • Access to technical assistance
  • Access to government contracting opportunities.


Must be a minority-owned business.

Contact Info

Contact: Toni Karnes

Street: 505 Hudson Street

City: Hartford

State: CT

Zip: 06106

Phone: 860-270-8139 or 844-257-9503 (bilingual)


Website: Minority Business Initiative (DECD)







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