Encouraging Participation

UConn acknowledges that any positive change that occurs from this program’s advocacy for the removal of obstacles for small and minority business is the result of the collective efforts and collaboration of stakeholders, as well as state agencies, to help to bring about that change.

DAS Supplier Diversity Program

DAS Supplier Diversity Program

The Office of Supplier Diversity, formerly the Set Aside Program, primary focus is to improve economic opportunities for the State‘s Small And Minority Businesses.

Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)

CHRO Contract Compliance

The mission of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

CT Small Business Development Center

Helping small businesses succeed, and helping aspiring entrepreneurs achieve the American dream of owning their own business.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Surety Bond Program

A surety bond is a document signed by the contractor and the surety company that assures the project owner the contract will be completed.


HEDCO offers a range of services to help Connecticut’s small businesses and non-profit organizations succeed. Let HEDCO be your link to both Financial and Technical support.

HEDCO Financial Assistance

HEDCO offers small business and non-profit organizations flexible and affordable loan options that fit their needs.

HEDCO Technical Assistance

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.

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)

The National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc ® (NMSDC®) is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, African-American, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations.

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

Provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small business owners, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.

Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP)


Serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), with a mission to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAP is a statewide program serving all cities and towns in Connecticut.

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