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Whether you’re starting a small business or looking to grow, HEDCO has the resources you need to succeed. From educational workshops and courses, training videos, to articles and frequently asked questions – we’re here to help.

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Business Training

HEDCO provides a wide array of programs, support services and resources to small businesses and small business owners in the State of Connecticut. Client benefits include access to our unique Business Resource Center (BRC), Incubator Program, Training Classroom and our team of experienced business professionals and experts available to assist in all your small business needs. 

HEDCO Programs & Services

Business Resource Center

HEDCO’s unique offering is, “The Business Resource Center (BRC),” a one-stop service center that houses HEDCO’s technical assistance programming and support services.  Housed in the BRC is the Business Incubator Program, Training Classroom and a team of experienced business professionals and experts to assist you in all of your small business needs.

Business Construction Services

The Construction Services component offered by HEDCO’s Business Resource Center (BRC) has been expanded to assist contractors in the full range of the construction industries’ business practices. Consultants are prepared to advise the contractors on items including but not limited to:

  • Business/trade operations structure

  • Support services needs identification and service provider relationships

  • Prime and subprime contractor awareness and relationships

  • Assist in Certified Payroll training

  • Construction project scope review

  • Construction contract preparation

  • Bid packaging

  • Schedule of Value (AIA 702,703) preparation, payment applications

  • Project management and close out processes

The BRC also has many of the active area projects on file, this includes documents and specifications such as blue prints and plans.

Incubator Space Program

The expenses associated with operating a physical office location can be a crippling cost that stifles business growth in a company’s early stages. The Business Resource Center provides office support space and resources for start-up businesses, free of charge.

The incubator space offers personal desk space in a professional office setting with access to a number of services. A live receptionist will answer telephones and greet your clients during business hours. You will have access to a conference room, voice mail, notary service, fax and postal machines.

Please contact us to learn more.

M/WBE Bonding Program

This program is designed to assist certified minority owned construction firms located in the State of Connecticut with the ability to apply for and potentially qualify for bonding.The ability for firms to be pre-qualified for bonding will enable them the opportunity to bid on projects and have a better advantage of being competitive. Firms are able to qualify for bid, performance and payment bonds.

Professional Consultation

Management challenges and mounting pressures provide common twists and turns along the road to business success that can lead to undesired destinations. The competitive nature of business provides little relief or direction in time of need.

The Business Resource Center provides direct access to seasoned business professionals who understand the value that mentoring has played in their success. These professionals are available for one-on-one consultation. They are willing to offer mentoring, quality instruction, counseling, and targeting training to those in need. Allow their experience and expertise to help you navigate through the challenging waters of small business ownership.

Small Business Training Classes

Ongoing business training is an essential component to bridging the gap between expectation and performance. The ability to remain relevant and competitive in the current marketplace requires constant personal and professional development. 

The Business Resource Center offers regularly scheduled training classes that equip the small business owner with tools for success. Delve into a myriad of topics in areas such as business management, marketing, finance, or the legal arena. All training classes are interactive in nature, and provide practical business insight and wisdom.

Training Videos

Upcoming Training Events

Marketing 101 Workshop with Enrique Rincon, Director of Branding, and Aaron Wartner, President, BuzzEngine Marketing & Events

Date: November 9
Time:  8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: HEDCO Offices
Cost: Free

Join HEDCO and representatives from our partner BuzzEngine, for an overview of how you can level up your marketing and communications. This interactive workshop will take the guesswork out of your marketing, resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of your  customers, what makes your business unique, and how your marketing can work for you.

 

Introduction to the CT Green Bank w/ Peter Ludwig, CT Green Bank

Date: December 14
Time:  8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: HEDCO Offices
Cost: Free

Join HEDCO and CT Green Bank Senior Manager, Market Engagement, Peter Ludwig for this informational session to learn about the green energy solutions available in Connecticut for home, building and multifamily property owners; residential and commercial contractors; and towns and cities.

Whether you’re a small business owner interested in adding green energy solutions (i.e. solar panels) to your commercial or residential building, a contractor looking to get into the green energy field, or just looking for more information – this informational session is for you!