Small Business Resource Forum to be held in Montville


Launching a new business or expanding an existing one is a tremendous enterprise. The enormity of the task prevents some would-be business owners from pursuing a dream. That dream, however, may be more accessible than they think with the right support.

A wide range of resources in eastern Connecticut are ready to help small businesses, from startup to stabilizing market share to gearing up for the next stage of growth.

Navigating available resources can be confusing, so Montville Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT have teamed up to present a Small Business Resource Forum on September 24, 6-9 p.m., at the Montville High School Cafeteria. This regional event is free and open to all.

The Small Business Resource Forum will feature representatives from federal, state and local agencies, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), Montville Economic Development Commission (EDC); Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT; Small Business Development Center (SBDC); CT Economic Resource Center (CERC); Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer); SCORE; Foundry 66; and Signature Properties of New England.

The moderated forum begins with a brief presentation by each agency, followed by an opportunity to visit table displays, make new business contacts, and ask questions. Designed to launch conversations, the event opens doors to connect with agencies that are a good fit for a businesses’ goals or needs.

“Montville has and will continue to work with our agency partners to support economic development activities through job creation and retention through specific efforts in business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, workforce development, small business development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, and real estate development,” said Mayor Ronald McDaniel.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community,” said Tony Sheridan, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. “Companies under 500 employees make up 97% of the state’s businesses. It is essential that we connect them to the support they need to thrive.”

Prospective entrepreneurs, small business owners and principals, and representatives from organizations that work with small businesses are encouraged to attend.

For more information on the event, a list of presenters, and registration, visit or call 860-701-9113.

Note:  This article will be published in the Day on 9/13. A special thank you to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and to Colleen Gresh and James Toner for their efforts!  

Montville C1-C2-I-OZ Parcels for sale

Here is a link to a PDF showing properties for sale in Montville provided by Marcia A. Vlaun, our Town Planner.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of these properties.  The property classifications included are:

C1-1 Neighborhood Commercial District. Retail storefronts. Allows more business types than B1 districts, including liquor stores, warehouses, and auto shops. Apartments permitted above the ground floor.

In a C2 zone within 100 feet of a residential zone, no building shall exceed three stories or 35 feet in height. A building on a corner lot is encouraged to be at least two stories in height. Multistory buildings with residential uses on the upper floor or floors are encouraged in the C2 zone.

Industrial – Land devoted to research, manufacturing, warehousing, storage, distribution, treatment, or recycling of finished or raw goods, materials, or products.

OZ – overlay zone is a zoning district which is applied over one or more previously established zoning districts, establishing additional or stricter standards and criteria for covered properties in addition to those of the underlying zoning district..


Heather Harris appointed to the Eastern Connecticut Regional Tourism Board

On Monday August 12, Montville’s Town Council unanimously approved the appointment of EDC Commissioner Heather Harris to the Eastern Connecticut Regional Tourism Board.  The Connecticut General Assembly, in its FY ’20-‘21 budget, appropriated funds for the three Regional Tourism Districts: Eastern, Central and Western.  Each district shall promote and market their districts as regional leisure and business traveler destinations to stimulate economic growth.

The Tourism Industry contributes $15.5 billion a year to the Connecticut economy, employing 84,254 direct jobs for a total of 123,521 total jobs supported by tourism in every part of our state. Tourism also generates $2.2 billion in tax revenue to our state, including, $960 million to state and local governments. The Connecticut Office of Tourism stands ready to help us, in any way they can to advance our community’s tourism efforts.

Montville Small Business Resource Forum

Small Business Resource

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019; 6 – 9 PM
Montville High School Cafeteria
800 Old Colchester Rd, Oakdale, CT, 06370

The Montville Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut are pleased to sponsor a Montville Small Business Resource Forum. Information and networking with federal, state and local agencies will be available.

Agencies include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Montville Economic Development Commission (EDC); Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center (SBDC); CT Economic Resource Center (CERC); SE CT Enterprise Region (seCTer); Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE); Foundry 66 (F66); and Signature Properties of New England.

You can to expect to gain business contacts and resources, as each agency will discuss and indicate what it does, and how it can help start and grow small businesses. Information on loans, non-traditional loans, networking, licenses, permits, Business Plans to grow a business, Business Incubators, become a Government vendor, and where to get Real Estate help will be available. This Forum is  FREE!!!

To preregister go to: or contact The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT by calling 860-701-9113.

Agenda (Moderator – Jim Toner – 6 to 9 PM)

Montville, Montville EDC Mayor McDaniel, Walt Hewitt 6:00-6:10pm
Chamber of Commerce Eastern CT Tony Sheridan/Amanda Ljubicic 6:10-6:20pm
Small Business Administration (SBA) Lisa Powell 6:20-6:30pm
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Matt Nemeth 6:30-6:40pm
CT Economic Resource Center (CERC) Beth Wallace; (Lisa Powell/Jim Toner) 6:40-6:50pm
SE CT Enterprise Region (seCTer) Ann Chambers, Frank Dixon 6:50-7:10pm
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Margo Weitekamp 7:10-7:20pm
Foundry 66 Bob Mills 7:20-7:30pm
Signature Real Estate of NE Melissa Giangrasso & Jonathan Leonard 7:30-7:40pm
Visit the tables, network, ask questions, get business cards, etc. Everyone 7:40-8:30pm
Sit Down and Wrap Up Jim Toner 8:30-9:00pm


Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development

The Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) is announcing the launch of the ‘Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development’ certification to recognize Connecticut municipalities for outstanding land use practices.

In creating this program, CEDAS partnered with sponsors Eversource, UI, CNG, SCG, Pullman & Comley, and STV/DPM to present this accreditation as a strategy for sharing information on planning policies and as a catalyst for economic development in Connecticut. Collaborating partners include the Connecticut Economic Development Association, Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the University of Connecticut-Department of Extension.

The Best Practices program provides a tool for planners, economic developers, and community leaders to review their existing strategies for economic development and drives them to pursue creative, community specific practices for encouraging investment and smart planning. “This is a great opportunity for staff, commissioners, and elected officials in every community to improve their effectiveness in economic development by reviewing their existing strategies and understanding what they could improve.” said Garrett Sheehan, President of CEDAS.  “We’re interested in giving communities ideas and tools for making improvements that work best for them.”

The program was designed over the past two years with significant input from economic development professionals and planners.  According to Kelly Buck, CEDAS Board Member and Co-Chair of the Best Practices Committee “This program is the result of a unique collaboration including a diverse range of partners. We’ve reached out to share the idea with groups like the Connecticut Developers Forum, the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association and were very interested in learning from communities presently leading the way.”

Communities who document use of established best practices will be recognized and will receive an award at the CEDAS annual meeting in October, 2019.  Applications will be evaluated by a committee of each of CEDAS’ collaborating partners. To demonstrate continuous improvement, applicants may re-submit for recertification every three years and share their successful strategies as models of ‘Best Practices’ for other Connecticut communities. The program will be revised each year to reflect input from communities.

Interested communities can download the application and read more about the program at  Applications are due on September 15, 2019.  Information and questions about the program may be addressed to:

The Connecticut Economic Development Association works closely with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) to foster economic growth in the state through its support of legislation, connect planners, policymakers, and community leaders with information on development practices and strategies, and to co-sponsor events to attract businesses and investment to Connecticut.

Open panel discussion on the economic climate, and forecast, of our town, region, and state.

WHERE : Bacon Academy High School Cafeteria, 611 Norwich Ave, Colchester, CT 06415

When : Thursday April 18, 2019                 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Colchester Economic Development Commission is pleased to sponsor a FREE open panel discussion on the economic climate, and forecast, of our town, region, and state.

The forecast is on the upside due to job growth, the nation economy and stock market gains.

All are cordially invited to come and hear what the expert panel participants have to say, ask questions, and share thoughts about economic development in our town and surrounding areas.

The panelist are Sadie Colcord – Ct Economic Resource Center; Jason Vincent,AICP, town planner, Stonington; Annie Chambers – Director of Lending for South Eastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer), Jeff Pugliese – VP of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Hummel, Business Development Mgr of the Ct Dept of Economic Development; and Tony Gargano – Owner of Gano’s Power Equipment in Colchester.

The panel will discuss how to make this region more inviting to new businesses, how to grow an existing business, as well as what tools, grants, resources are available to help businesses grow, and prosper.

SeCTer grant webinar invitation: Matching & Cost Sharing

SeCTer invites you to attend a webinar entitled “How to Meet Matching & Cost Sharing on Your Federal Grant” at our office in Groton on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 2-3:30 pm. The webinar will be presented live by Bob Lloyd, who literally wrote a few books on the subject of federal grants. There is no charge for you to attend and you are welcome (and encouraged!) to bring a colleague. Please RSVP to Melinda Wilson by Tuesday, February 12th.

How to Meet Matching and Cost Sharing on Your Federal Grant

Webinar • Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

“We’ll help you if you help yourself.” The sentiment is simple, and as old as philanthropy. One way that it manifests itself these days is in the form of federal requirements for recipients (and possibly subrecipients) to provide a non-federal share of the resources needed to carry out a federal grant program or project.

Requirements that limit federal participation in the total cost of a federal award mean that awardees have to find and use non-federal resources that meet a variety of underlying conditions. Failure to do so, can have what auditors call a “direct and material effect” on how much federal money you’ll get to keep when your grant or subgrant is settled up.

Understanding how to handle your non-federal share is a critical element of grants management success. This webinar will help you gain the knowledge you need about matching and cost sharing in general and update you on the specific policy changes in the Office of Management and Budget’s so-called “Super Circular” (2 CFR 200).

Webinar attendees will get answers to these — and many other — questions:

  • Matching or cost sharing: What’s the difference?
  • “Hard match” vs. “soft match”; “cash” vs. “in-kind” — What do the terms really mean?
  • When does “leveraging” enter the picture?
  • What conditions have to be met so that non-federal resources are acceptable?
  • Which management policies apply to use of the non-federal share? Which ones don’t apply?
  • What are the standards for documenting matching or cost sharing?
  • What tools can we use to value third party in-kind contributions?
  • How do requirements for “maintenance of effort” or “earmarking” affect the non-federal share?
  • What are the consequences if you mess up?
  • Can a shortfall be fixed and, if so, how?

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor™, for this timely, in-depth briefing.

Who Should Attend?

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Finance directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Program managers
  • Principal investigators
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors


If your municipality has any other questions about federal or state grants, contact me at your convenience. SeCTer provides grant writing assistance to our member municipalities, including data preparation, to help you support your grant requests.


Remember, please RSVP to Melinda Wilson by 2/12 to save your spot. Thank you!


Melinda Wilson
Community Investment Manager
Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region
19 B Thames Street
Groton CT 06340

(860) 437-4659 X 207

Economic Development Association Funding Webinar

Earlier in December, seCTer hosted an EDA webinar with their grants manager to go over opportunities for EDA funding, specifically for their Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program. The webinar was very well received, and They have been asked for a repeat performance.

Please feel free to join them in person, or call in from your own phone or desktop as directed below. The NOFA for that opportunity is here, and the presentation is attached here, and seCTer stands ready to support member municipalities with applications as needed.

Subject: EDA 101 Webinar

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).


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Opportunity Zone Workshop

Presentation:  Opportunity Zone

Who Should Attend: economic development professionals, real estate developers/brokers, potential investors, and small business owners/incubators

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Pullman & Comley, seCTer, and Norwich Community Development Corporation invite you to learn more about the new federal Opportunity Zones program and how to grow business through long-term investments in low-income communities.

Last December, federal lawmakers created the federal Opportunity Zones program for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds – private investment vehicles dedicated to community, business, real estate, and economic development activities in America’s lowest-income communities.

This event will provide a comprehensive background and expert analysis of the new program, as well as recommendations for cities, philanthropies, advocates, and private sector representatives interested in Opportunity Fund creation, operation, and management and equitable development outcomes throughout our nation’s 7,927 newly designated Opportunity Zones.

Agenda & Speakers:

8:00 am – Registration/refreshments

8:15 am – Program begins
Bob Santy/CERC (MC) – how towns prepare for this program
Liddy Karter/Enhanced Capital – investment
Pullman & Comley – legal aspects
DECD/NDC – requirements and info about other programs at the state and federal levels

9:30 am – Q&A, followed by networking