Economic & Community Development
ReOpen Connecticut Guidance, Information, & Resources
For inquiries and guidelines regarding essential business and nonessential business operations, please visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus.
DECD’s COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit can be reached via phone (860) 500-2322 or email DECD.COVID19@ct.gov.
Masks Available for Small Businesses
New Grant Funding Roundup Coming Your Way!
Federal Assistance for Connecticut Businesses and Nonprofits
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes several important benefits for small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut.
CT COVID-19 Relief Program for Minority, Women-Owned Businesses
A relief program underwritten by Hartford nonprofit HEDCO Inc. will provide a zero-interest line of credit up to $20,000 for minority- and women-owned small businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
CT COVID-19 Financial Relief Strategies for Mortgages and Tax Filing Extensions
US Small Business Administration COVID-19 Business Assistance
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
New DECD $25M Program for Small Businesses
The State is offering relief to small businesses through a new DECD program called the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program, a $25 million short-term emergency loan program. Qualifying small businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is less). The loan program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligibility Requirements To be considered for this program, a business or nonprofit must:
- Have no more than 100 employees
- Be in good standing with the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and DECD
- Have been profitable prior to March 10, 2020- with no adverse personal credit reports 60 days past due the past six months
- Not be involved in real estate, multi-level marketing, adult entertainment, cannabis or firearms; nor be a state elected public official or state employee
For more information on the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program and how to apply, please click here: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/CT-Recovery-Bridge-Loan-Program. You can also find this information on the CMSC website: https://ctmainstreet.org/.
If you have questions, DECD has set up a specific number and email for COVID questions: COVID19.JIC@ct.gov or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333.
USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative—Foundational and Applied Science Program
Enfield is at the center of the Hartford-Springfield interstate region which is an integrated economic area that straddles the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. More than 1.7 million residents live in the 111 municipalities that compose this 2,293 square mile region along the Connecticut River.
This region is also commonly referred to as "New England’s Knowledge Corridor" due to its concentration of 29 colleges and universities, whose combined total enrollment exceeds 120,000 students.
- 30,000 people per day crossed the MA/CT border commuting to work.
- Interstate highways going east to west and north to south provide easy access to New York City and Boston.
- Bradley International Airport is principal sources of commercial passenger service with 10 major and five regional airlines. Bradley is important air freight center for the region.
It takes all of us to make economic development successful on the local level. Our Economic Development Strategy is to retain, grow and attract businesses all while maintaining the character of the community. Together, we are concentrating on building a stronger business community and providing information that connect and inform our businesses to help us all build a stronger tomorrow.
Economic & Community Development is also responsible for administering funds from the state’s Small Cities Block Grant program and other related programs. The Town of Enfield is currently offering Housing Rehabilitation Loan and First Time Homebuyer Programs that provides loans or grants to eligible applicants who are looking to own and maintain ownership in town.
The above picture was taken at the LEGO Systems, Inc Enfield location on Taylor Road which is one of the Town's largest employers.