April 2015
Resources for Millennials


Small Business Development Center

Just a reminder that 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.   

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Appointment Based Tax Assistance in Hartford

The IRS is testing appointment services in an attempt to limit the wait time that is sometimes endured when visiting IRS locations. In addition to limiting long lines, the IRS also hopes that by having people call in ahead of time they will know if the IRS can or cannot resolve the persons issue during an appointment.  Click here to make an appointment at the Hartford IRS office today. As always the IRS urges people to utilize their website as a primary resource for questions.

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

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It may not look like Spring outside, but it's time for a little Spring cleaning.  In this newsletter you'll find articles about updating your website content, ways of attracting new customers through an online store, and how to get people talking about your business.


As always the Northeast CT Economic Alliance is here to assist entrepreneurs of northeast Connecticut with business loans for starting or expanding a business as well as providing beneficial resource information.

Visit our website - - to get started with your loan application today. Don't hesitate to call us at 860-465-5141 with any questions or concerns, or stop in Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-4:00.  We are located on the corner of Valley and High streets in Willimantic, CT.

Online PresenceSpringCleaning
By Gina Watkins
Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor

It's that time of year again; time to break out the broom, tidy up the yard and get rid of old junk. But don't forget to update your small business' website.  The Internet is quickly evolving and is always undergoing new trends.  If you haven't changed your website since its origination then there's a good chance you might be behind the curve.  Check out some quick, easy ways to update your website to stay up with the times by clicking here.

Get People in Your Community Talking About Your Business

By Rieva Lesonsky

Guest Blogger


For a lot of small businesses, word of mouth is the most effective way of marketing.  In this article you'll find numerous ways to generate leads in your local community.  It's always a good option to pursue alternative ways of marketing as well as traditional.  To learn about all these alternatives click here.

Is Your Business Ready
for an Online Store?Onlinestore
Contributed by Verisign Inc.

More and more consumers and businesses are looking to the Internet to make purchases, but as a small business it can be costly to develop sales online.  For some businesses it can open new doors to a whole new market of customers while for others it can be a hassle and a money pit.   Click here to see if you should consider utilizing the web in your sales.
Calling All Millennials!Millennials
By Caron Beesley
SBA Contributor

Small Business America celebrated National Entrepreneurship week with a mass list of resources for millennial entrepreneurs.  These resources range from mentoring, to financial assistance, to even assistance with paying off student debt.   Click here to get the full list of resources available to you.
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  
Da nielson -  Mark Fillmore - 860-412-7021 
New London - Kathleen Cosgrove - 860-439-7601 
Norwich - Tracy Tremblay - 860-859-5676 
Or visit:
UpcomingUpcoming Chamber EventsChamberevents

Business After Hours - CorePlus Federal Credit Union  

Thursday, April, 23, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

67 Lathrop Road, Plainfield, CT

For more information and to register call 
860-774-8001 or click here.

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Business with Pleasure - WILI-AM & I98.3 FM   

Wednesday, April, 15, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

720 Main Street, Willimantic, CT

For more information and to register call 

860-423-6389 or click here.

WorkshopWorkshops and Seminars
Women's Owned Business Day at the Capitol:   
Join the Women's Business Development Council for an interactive discussion with key national and state leaders about the economic clout of women entrepreneurs. 
Wednesday, April, 8, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Legislative Office Building, State Capitol
 To register click here.
Ten Things to Ask Your Accountant: offical irs
Learn the three important questions to ask before hiring an accountant, and the seven common business deductions available to small business owners. To view this webinar recently presented by the IRS click here.
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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.