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Get a Business Library Card

Businesses located in North Haven are eligible to receive a Business Library Card at no cost. This card provides access to the North Haven Memorial Library’s online databases and circulating collections. The card will be issued to the owner or officer who has the authority to assume financial responsibility for fees/fines.  Requests for a Business Library Card must be made on business letterhead and accompanied by a document showing proof of responsibility/ownership such as a tax bill, lease agreement, or utility bill reflecting the name of the business.  

The Business Library Card may only be used to check out North Haven Memorial Library materials or to access online services. It may not be used at other libraries or for requesting interlibrary loans.

Research Databases

AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including:

  • 30 million business & executive profiles

  • 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads

  • Background criminal search before you find a babysitter or contractor

  • Mailing lists

  • Market research

  • Employment opportunities

  • Finding friends and relatives, and much more!

  • Live training webinars held 6 times per week!

The ABI/INFORM Collection is comprised of ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The collection features:

  • Key business and economics periodicals such as:

    • The Economist 

    • Sloan Management Review

  • Country-and industry-focused reports

  • Major news sources like the Wall Street Journal

  • Thousands of full-text journals

  • Dissertations

  • Working papers


Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

ABI/Inform is provided by the State of Connecticut and is available to any Connecticut resident with a current library card.  

To use the ABI/Inform you must login using your current library card number.

How-To Training: provides quality and innovative online learning
opportunities to anyone wishing to improve upon their skills in technology, literacy, math, design, jobs and more!  The entire concept behind what they do is to educate learners and empower them to have the
skills necessary to be successful in both work and life. 
And it’s all completely free. You do not need to create an account to use it.

Learn more below:

SBA Learning Center

SBA is a free resource that anyone can access provided by the federal government.

SBDC Training Courses

The SBDC has webinars and recordings available. topics include Building Your Business: Navigating Connecticut's Resource Toolbox,cybersecurity, SBA Online Learning Center, Finding and Attracting Investors, Take Your Business Global, and many more.

SBDC Connecticut is a free non-profit resource that anyone can use.

Please use at your own discretion.

Writing a Business Plan

SCORE Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

Includes instructions for writing each section of the business plan, followed by fillable worksheet. Sections:

  • Executive Summary

  • Company Description

  • Products and Services

  • Marketing Plan

  • Operational Plan

  • Management & Organization

  • Startup Expenses & Capitalization

  • Financial Plan

  • Appendices

  • Refining Your Plan

Small Business Administration - Create Your Business Plan

This Business Plan Tool provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you get started. Sections include:

  • Executive Summary

  • Company Description

  • Market Analysis

  • Organization & Management

  • Service or Product Line

  • Marketing & Sales

  • Funding Request

  • Financial Projections

  • Appendix

  • How to Make Your Business Plan Stand Out

These resources are provided by non-profit and government agencies that anyone can access.  Please use at your discretion.

State and Federal Contracts

State of Connecticut - Pursue State and Federal Contracts

  • Doing business with the State

  • Ethics forms

  • Procurement Assistance

  • Working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation

CPTAP - Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Help Connecticut businesses

  • Identify

  • Compete for

  • Win federal, state and local government contracts

Small Business Administration - Government Contracts Classroom

  • Opportunities for small businesses

  • How to find government contact opportunities and customers

SCORE - Government Contracting

  • Mentor-Protege programs

  • How to contract with the Federal Government

  • Become an accomplished Government Contractor EGuide

These resources are provided by non-profit and government agencies that anyone can access.  Please use at your discretion.

Community Resources

North Haven Economic Development
If you are interested in opening a new business, moving your existing business or would like to be involved in the future development of North Haven, click here or call. 203-239-5321 x 680

Town Departments

Phone Numbers



  • x 610

  • x 405

  • x 430

  • x 650

  • x 440

  • x 400

  • x 680

  • x 620

  • x 440

Connecticut Economic Resource Center
CERC works with businesses of all sizes – from local to global – to help them start, expand or relocate in Connecticut. Through our "concierge" support, we link companies to appropriate municipal, regional, state or federal programs to grow their business, and provide support to the state's business recruitment and retention efforts. In addition, CERC has relationships with the commercial and industrial real estate community, including brokers, developers and related firms.

Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce

The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is a business association of over 550 members, from sole proprietorships to large international companies, and local non-profit organizations. Through a full calendar of events and programs, the Chamber supports business and community growth, provides legislative, educational and marketing opportunities to its members.

Greater New Haven Chamber

The mission of The Greater New Haven Chamber is to provide unrivaled partner services and lead regional economic growth through bold and effective advocacy. Serving Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Connecticut provides a conducive environment for growth across a diverse array of businesses. From emerging entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies,


Connecticut welcomes all sizes of organizations across all types of industries, with businesses in advanced manufacturing, bioscience and insurance doing exceptionally well here. To explore the support Connecticut offers that may be most appropriate for your organization, click here.

Starting & Growing Your Business:

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Entrepreneurs seeking practical, experienced-based, free business advice can get it through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, which provides business coaches to small startup businesses and advice to established companies.

Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC)

The CTSBDC provides no-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business. The advising services include:

  • Business plan review

  • Startup assistance

  • Financial analysis

  • Market research

  • Marketing and social media training

  • Budget preparation and forecasting

  • Export consulting

  • Business disaster or disruption preparation

SBA Toolkit ​

The SBA Business Smart Toolkit is a ready-to-use workshop toolkit developed to launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules: 

  • Basics of Business startup

  • Essentials of becoming credit-ready

  • How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources - Small Business.

Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more including how to sell to the government and filing and paying business taxes.

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center (EC)
The University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center offers business advising, training, technical assistance, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)
The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut. WBDC offers workshops, financial advice, and professional development. 

State of CT Business Startup Tool

The Business Startup Tool will help you to get your business started in Connecticut on the right footing, using an online tool that leads you easily through all the steps.
If you operate an existing foreign entity that is formed under the laws of another jurisdiction, you can also use the Business Startup Tool to register your Certificate of Authority. The Business Startup Tool is brought to you by Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill.

Additional State of Connecticut Resources

The State offers many useful tools including:

  • Start Your Business

    • Business advice​

    • Registration and licensing​

    • Environamental Guidelines

    • Funding

    • High-tech Startup tools

    • Resources for Data and Research​

    • Small -Minority or Women-Owned Business opportunities, resources and support

  • Grow Your Business

    • Finding a location

    • Finding and Training Talent​

    • Funding Business Growth​

    • Going global

    • Lower Energy Costs​

    • Relocate Your Business to Connecticut​

    • Resources for Data and Research​

    • Tax Incentives​

Popular Links for State of Connecticut Businesses:​​


Help- Call the Business Help Line 1-800-392-2122

These resources are provided by non-profit and government agencies that anyone can access.  Please use at your discretion.

Human Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Provided by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.. The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.​

State of Connecticut - Finding and Training Talent

  • Hiring resources

    • Career fairs


    • No cost- recruitment space

    • Listing of colleges and universities

    • Connecticut's 5 Workforce Development regions​

  • Subsidized training and employment program​

  • Hiring Vets first

  • Tax and training incentives

Small Business Administration - Human Resources

  • New Hire reporting in Connecticut

  • Foreign workers, immigration and employee eligibility

  • Hiring people with disabilities

  • Unions

  • Veterans

  • Child labor

  • Terminating employees

These resources are provided by non-profit and government agencies that anyone can access.  Please use at your discretion.

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