July 7, 2017

DECD now charged with updating CT business portal

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

A new law requires Connecticut to promote its electronic business portal to encourage entrepreneurship while also making it easier to register a business with the state.

Effective Oct. 1., House Bill 7230 requires Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith to market the website to entrepreneurs and identify changes that can make the portal on the Secretary of the State's website easier to use when registering a business, according to analysis of the bill.

The commissioner must do these things within available appropriations and in collaboration with the secretary's office, the analysis states.

The portal helps business owners obtain necessary licenses and permits, identify taxes and other revenue possibilities and benefits, and find relevant state financial incentives and programs.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill into law Thursday.

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