January 2015


5 Pillars for Small Business Success

By Marco Carbajo,

SBA Contributor


"Whether you're already in business, or preparing to start a business, it takes hard work, tenacity and drive to achieve a high level of success...Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC's prime time reality series The Profit, knows all about determining the success or failure of a business. Lemonis says, "Business success is about the three P's: People, Process and Product."


To continue to the full article:  Click here 

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Deducting Business Expenses


Confused about what you should claim for business expenses oppose to personal?  This guide will help you file through your receipts with additional resources to save money when filing deductible expenses.  To continue to the IRS guide click here.


Don't Get Scammed


It seems as though every year there are IRS impostors attempting to get innocent people's information and money.  Don't let the next victim be you.  The IRS has recently sent out alerts due to a new email scamming in addition to the previous phone call methods. Click here to find out how you can better prepare yourself if targeted by one of these con artists. 

IRS Calendar:
Important dates for small businesses to remember can be accessed by one click of the mouse.  Click here to access the IRS tax calendars.

Small Business Development Center

Reminder CT SBDC has Office Hours at the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce the first Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 860-486-4629.  


For a complete listing of all of the services CT SBDC provides please visit their website .


Thanks to our sponsors for their support!


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Our first newsletter of the year is jam packed with great information to help your business succeed in 2015. The Northeast CT Economic Alliance is here to help your business grow, and we are always happy to share resources that we hope will be of benefit to you.  


If you're starting or expanding your business, or know someone who is, remember we have funding available. Visit our website - - to get started with your loan application today. Have questions? Don't hesitate to call us at 860-465-5141; we would be happy to help.  

Get Your Business Ready
for Tax Reporting Season
Did you hire new employees this year? Did you hire contractors for your small business? If you answered yes to either of these questions then it's time to familiarize yourself with your reporting obligations. Tax legislature can be a bit boring and tedious, but this blog will bring you up to speed on the latest changes to regulations and deadlines.  Click here to go to the blog.

You can receive a wage reimbursement UP TO $12,500 for the first six months when you hire someone who qualifies.

There are programs for Small Businesses and Manufacturers with not more than 100 full-time employees, the Step Up for Veterans Program for employers of any size, and a New program for registered 
apprenticeship employers.


For details, contact your local  

Business Services Rep:

Willimantic - Linda Riquier - 860-786-6281 - 

Danielson - Mark Fillmore - 860-412-7021 - 
New London - Kathleen Cosgrove - 860-439-7601 - 
Norwich - Tracy Tremblay - 860-859-5767 -

Or visit:

EntrepreneurEntrepreneur Innovation Awards
CTNext is hosting a contest to win a grant of up to $10,000.  If you're an entrepreneur with a new business idea or have recently started a new business and need funding click here.  First, complete the registry to become a member of CTNext (it will only take a couple minutes). But act fast - the submission deadline is February 13. In addition to the contest you will find various resources for entrepreneurs and start up businesses at CTNext.

Goals4 Goals Every Small Business 
Owner Should Set in 2015
By Sabrina Parsons
Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor


As the New Year arrives, so do New Years resolutions.  "Whether it's saving more money, eating healthier or spending more time with family, now is a time for making changes to improve upon our happiness. This applies to businesses too." Click here to learn the most important, and effective goals for yourself and your business in 2015.
UpcomingUpcoming Chamber Events


 Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours



Cableworks, Inc.    

Thursday, February, 12,  

5:00 pm - 7:00  pm

58 Highland Street, Putnam, CT

For more information and to register call 860-774-8001  




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The Chamber of Commerce, Windham Region

Business with Pleasure  

Wednesday, February, 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Keller Williams Realty, 10 Higgins Highway, Mansfield, CT

For more information and to register call 

Workshops and Seminars
SCORE Live Webinar: 
How to Develop a Killer Marketing Plan
Thursday, February, 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Register now at SCORE's website by clicking here.
SCORE Live Webinar:
Tax Strategies to Ensure You Pay Not One Dollar More
Tuesday, February, 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Register now at SCORE's website by clicking here.
The Northeast CT Economic Alliance is an independent, community-based partnership of business, education and government
interests dedicated to enriching the long-term vitality of the communities of:
 Ashford � Brooklyn � Canterbury � Chaplin � Columbia � Coventry � Eastford � Hampton � Killingly � Lebanon � Mansfield � Plainfield � Pomfret � Putnam � Scotland � Sterling � Thompson � Union � Willington � Windham � Woodstock

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.