Resources for Entrepreneurs


Startup Business Resources

This is a list of resources generated from submissions of the membership. No enforcement from MakeHaven should be implied but we hope you find it is helpful.

This is another list: "Where to Get Things"

Company Info Description

Colab : 2

An accelerator program for small business, non-profit, and for-profit support programs serving Connecticut entrepreneurs. Programs include a 10 week entrepreneur support program and 30 minute business advice sessions. Other programs include a youth accelerator, food accelerator and pre-accelerator programs.


Office hours are is good way to get quick advice .


Entrepreneurship Foundation : 1

The Foundation is a 501c3. Our mission is to provide effective resources for Educators ​and Entrepreneurs.


Small Business Resource Center : 1

The SBRC is the “City’s leading Entrepreneurship Clearinghouse” where new entrepreneurs and current business owners alike can obtain support and services that will support business start-ups and growth.


SBDC Connecticut : 1

catalyze growth in technology and entrepreneurship in Connecticut’s urban centers.


New Haven Score : 1
20 Church St
New Haven ,

A variety of resources and coaching services aimed at small businesses.


Pro Se Assistance Program (Patent Assistance) :

The Pro Se Assistance Program provides outreach and education to applicants (also known as "pro se" applicants) who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent. USPTO employees cannot give legal advice. However, through increased assistance and resources for independent inventor and small business communities, the program aims to increase the quality of pro se applications and assist pro se applicants with making informed decisions regarding their patent applications.


New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (NHE3) :

An initiative to give support (grants and connections) to minority and women run small businesses.


Tory Burch foundation and Bank of America capitol fund program :

Bank of America works with Community Lenders, also known as a Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). These local lenders provide credit and financial services to underserved markets and populations, including women, to encourage and enhance economic growth and development. Our partnership program connects women entrepreneurs with local Community Lenders, who directly provide affordable loans to eligible women entrepreneurs.


Entrepreneurial Center of North West Connecticut :
Park pl
Winsted ,

The NCCC Entrepreneurial Center’s Vision & Goals
Vision: To serve as a central hub for entrepreneurship in our community, working to empower anyone with a desire to create, from startups focused on global benevolent world domination to micro-companies serving the local community.
Mission: To provide training, resources, space, and support for creators looking to build businesses, giving them the tools they need to execute from inception to completion. We will accomplish our mission with intentionality, working with national, state, and community partners who champion economic development, community engagement, and healthy competition.
Simplified: Develop vibrant and connected communities of entrepreneurs in Northwest CT.


Hedco :

The organization is a certified Community Development Financial Institution, a U.S. Small Business Administration Microloan lender, as well as an administrator of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Nonprofit Support Program.


Community Economic development Fund :

The Community Economic Development Fund or CEDF is a mission-driven, nonprofit, Connecticut economic development organization. We provide business loans in disadvantaged communities defined by the state. In other Connecticut municipalities we lend to business borrowers with household incomes below the state median.


Conncorp :

The Lab at ConnCORP (Connecticut Community Outreach Revitalization Program) is a learning and knowledge center—a laboratory for new ideas—a community hub and place to present, share, and exchange ideas about business ownership and entrepreneurship.


Knownpreneurs :

A free 16-week mentorship & training cohort for BIPOC-owned businesses in Connecticut.


Start Up Grind New Haven :

Startup Grind New Haven is dedicated to helping to build a community where local founders, business people, and students can support and teach one another. We look to bring in speakers who want to tell the personal and professional story of how they got where they are today.


Pursuit Lending :

For more than 65 years, we’ve provided businesses with the loans and support needed to aim higher.


The Black Business Alliance :

The BBA’s goal is to act as a business One-Stop organization for Black and minority businesses with an objective
to stimulate economic growth and sustainability through out Connecticut and across the nation.


Spanish American Merchants Association :

Spanish American Merchants Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Connecticut to serve as a vehicle for the economic growth of businesses. SAMA was created to assist business people, in particular, Latinos, to acquire a better understanding of economic principles. Technical assistance is provided to promote business expansion, job creation, and new entrepreneurship.


District Coworking :

Co-working community


Small Business Academy (Liberty Bank) :

Series of classes to help small business owners feel confident about unleashing their earning potential.


City of New Haven Office of Business Development :

SBA Women’s Business Center :

WBCs provide free, to low-cost counseling and training and focus on women who want to start, grow, and expand their small business.


Women’s Business Development Council :

Women’s Business Development Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help women thrive in business. We believe that when desire, education, and preparation come together, opportunities are created, ideas are ignited, and economies are expanded.


Connecticut Small Business Development Center :

Connecticut Small Business Development Center’s trained and experienced full-time advisors work with a variety of small businesses in all industries and stages of development by providing no-cost advisory services. How can we help you today?


CT Next :

Agency of State of CT which works to create more economic development, innovation and foster startups in CT. They have a number of programs to support the growth of small businesses


Wiggin and Dana :
265 Church St
New Haven ,

Legal firm

Discount or Benefit
Free initial consultation for inventors. Discounts for early startups.










There are also many members ready to offer freelance services.

Business Planning and Networking Resources



Startup Necessities


Patent Pending Resources

  • Wiggin and Dana: Offers Startup Discounts
  • Book: Patent Pending in 24 Hours
    • Located in MakeHaven Library


Design Prototype or MVP Development

  • Creative and Practical Product Designs LLC: Provides affordable design and CAD services for startup products
  • Big Bang IP: Professional design and prototype development services
  • Nexus Design: Wide range of product design services
    • Contact: Kurt via JR


Metal Fabricators

  • Logan Steel: Supplies metals of a wide variety and has on-site metal fabrication services.

    • 119 Empire Ave, Meriden, CT 06450

    • (203) 235-0811

  • Luckey Climbers: Local company building sculptural playgrounds. Talented artists and fabricators who may be able to provided advice.

    • Ask JR for intro to Spencer the co-owner

  • Guilford Art Center: Has facilities for a metal forge and stonecarving

  • EWS 3D: Specialty metal fabricaiton 



  • Arrow: Electronics supply company with local representatives and strong entrepreneurial support .

    • Ask JR for an introduction to a rep



  • Plastics Factory: Supplies and cuts to shape a wide variety of plastic materials

  • Modern Plastics: An industrial supplier of large volume plastics. No direct to consumer. MakeHaven has an account



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