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    NEW HAVEN’S SERVICES FOR SMALL BUSINESS REMAINS STRONG AND OPERATIONAL

    (7/15/2008) NEW HAVEN- Supporting small businesses is a priority in New Haven. While the City of New Haven has eliminated the Small Business Initiative Department, the City will continue its major small business initiatives which are now housed in its Economic Development Administration to continue its efforts to assist and propel New Haven’s small business community. “We want to assure all small business contractors that the City’s Chapter 12 regulations are still in effect and that small businesses still have the resources, technical and financial, of our Small Business Development Officer,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administrator. “The City of New Haven is committed to developing and nurturing local small construction businesses and giving small businesses the tools they need for success.”

    Since the Small Business Initiative’s inception in 2001 more than 300 small contractors have applied for registration; $55 million has been awarded to registered contractors, with $12 million awarded to racial minority contractors. The program, which provided for all construction contracts under $125,000 to be reserved for registered contractors on the basis of competitive bidding, provides greater opportunities for small businesses to be awarded city construction work. Small contractors receive bid information via fax or email the same day the bid is posted publicly. Bid documents are available for review on the 6th floor of 165 Church Street; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm is reserved for walk- in assistance and application review. Contractors who are interested in bidding on City work can call Lil Synder (Construction Resource Supervisor) at 946.6550 and lsnyder@newhavenct.net.

    In addition to small contractor services, Clay Williams, the City’s Small Business Development Officer continues to coordinate the very successful Façade Improvement Grant Program. This Program provides reimbursement grants of up to $30,000 for façade improvements, including storefronts, lighting and signage. In 2007 alone, the Program supported 33 businesses projects totaling $2.1 million with grants aggregating $1.1 million. In addition, Williams provides significant business assistance to our neighborhood commercial districts and works extensively with both with small business organizations and with New Haven’s small business themselves. Interested parties should call Williams at 946.7093 or e-mail cwilliams@newhavenct.net.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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