Five more small businesses have joined the state's Small Business Express Program, a $100 million effort to boot-strap entrepreneurs who pledge jobs and operations for Connecticut.
To date, dozens of firms have received matching loans or grants from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The latest:
• Domack Restoration LLC, of Stratford is a commercial restoration and roofing company. Domack is investing $247,966 and receiving a $100,000 matching grant to renovate a new and larger facility that will accommodate the company's growth. The project involves environmental remediation, construction, and the purchase of computer software and hardware and office equipment. Domack is hiring five new positions and retaining 20.
• Darter Specialties Inc. of Cheshire produces custom apparel, letterhead, envelopes, newsletters, invoices, and other forms for businesses and private schools. Darter will receive a grant matching its investment of $42,500 to develop, construct and launch an online, fully interactive e-commerce Web site and to purchase a new embroidery machine. The site and machine will support the company's expansion into Internet marketing and online retailing. Darter will retain nine jobs.
• FX Design Inc. of Glastonbury is an expanding interior design consulting firm. FX is combining $10,000 of company funds and a matching grant of $10,000 to upgrade its computer software and equipment, and expand marketing. They will create one new position and retain three positions.
• Gilberties Restaurant LLC of Colchester plans to invest company funds of $50,618 along with a matching grant of 49,293 and a loan of 100,398 to open its second "Lazy Burrito" location in Mystic. Funding will be used for leasehold improvements, construction, machinery and equipment, office and computer equipment, and working capital. Gilberties will retain seven and hire three new people.
• Holly's Oatmeal Inc. of Torrington is investing $100,000 and receiving a revolving loan of $100,000. Funds will be used to purchase machinery and equipment and for marketing and working capital. The producer of all natural, high-fiber oatmeal is retaining one job and creating a new one.