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Governor Lamont Announces New Business Tools Now Available At Business.CT.Gov
Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut’s online business portal – business.ct.gov – continues to add more features that will make it easier for entrepreneurs to find information and services that aid in the process of starting or managing their businesses in Connecticut. Using feedback gathered from entrepreneurs, the state has continued to customize this one-stop-shop experience for users.
Some of the newly added features during this most recent update include:
  • Resource Center: Users can now access a customizable resource center that centralizes 170 different programs for businesses. These resources pull from multiple sectors and disciplines, providing financial, technical, and equity-based support programs for business owners in any stage of their business lifecycle. Users can receive personalized recommendations for resources based on their business and then save them all into a powerful, tailored collection that stays inside their account.
  • Business Dashboard: When users log in, they will see a new dynamic, content-rich dashboard that will cut down on the time needed to find crucial business information, link companies to state compliance needs, and equip business owners with vital, time-sensitive alerts that can impact their business.
  • Connecticut COVID-19 Content: Users will be able to find the latest updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic right from the dashboard. This includes point-of-time data with direct access points for deeper exploration of vaccination numbers, positive cases, business and employer resources, and official state guidance.
Startup Grind New Haven: Michael Gorton
Startup Grind New Haven
Thu, Feb 11, 5:45 PM (EST)

Michael Gorton is the Founder of Teladoc Health, the pioneer in Telehealth. As CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Teladoc, Michael led the healthcare services company that would go on to be named by MIT as one of the Top 50 Smartest Companies in the World in 2015. Throughout his executive career, Michael has founded 13 startups and led industry-changing companies.

We are delighted to host Michael Gorton for our first event of 2021, a virtual Fireside Chat. Michael is the Founder of Teladoc Health, the pioneer in Telehealth. As CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Teladoc, Michael Gorton led the healthcare services company that would go on to be named by MIT as one of the Top 50 Smartest Companies in the World in 2015. Teladoc is now the world’s leading telemedicine company with an NYSE market cap in excess of $35 billion. Throughout his executive career, Michael has founded 13 startups and led industry-changing companies, including Internet Global, Teladoc, Palo Duro Records, Principal Solar, and Water Environmental Technology. Michael is also involved in Private Equity and sits on the board of many prestigious organizations. Read More
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CT’s PPP 2021 haul surpasses $1B
Connecticut employers have received more than $1 billion from the federal Paycheck Protection Program so far this year, following a fresh infusion of funding into the stimulus program from Congress.

PPP’s overseer, the U.S. Small Business Administration, said Tuesday that more than 11,600 companies here have received potentially forgivable loans since PPP reopened to applicants on Jan. 11.

The sum comes on top of Connecticut’s 2020 PPP haul, which totaled $6.7 billion, distributed to more than 62,200 businesses, according to SBA data.

The more recent distributions come courtesy of the Economic Aid to Small Business, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law by (now former) President Donald Trump, on Dec. 27.

The loans are going to companies that did not receive PPP money last year, as well as to those that are now dipping back into the program through what’s known as a “second draw” loan. Read More
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Residents Over 65 Can Register for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Starting Thursday, February 11
Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut residents over the age of 65 will be eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting on Thursday, February 11, 2021, as the state rolls into the next part of phase 1b of its vaccination program. Vaccinations for individuals over the age of 75 and those within phase 1a will continue.

With approximately 350,000 individuals in Connecticut between the ages of 65 and 74, and a slightly increased but relatively small weekly supply of the vaccine being received in the state from the federal government, Governor Lamont and state public health officials are stressing the need for patience on the part of Connecticut residents.

Currently, the state anticipates receiving about 60,000 first doses of the vaccine per week from the federal government.

All eligible residents are required to make an appointment in advance of receiving the vaccine. To find available vaccination clinics throughout the state, residents can visit ct.gov/covidvaccine and enter their zip code. Read More
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Quinnipiac University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer free income tax preparation services to taxpayers with annual household incomes of $57,000 or less. For more information, contact Maron at (203) 582-7623 or Matthew.Maron@quinnipiac.edu

Applications are open for the Collab Spring Accelerator 2021. Collab is hosting a virtual Info Session coming up on February 22nd from 4-5:30pm, sign up here.