Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Start Ups Our Workshops Are Designed For You!

CEDF Business Education Center


DSC_0023Our mission is clear. We help Connecticut’s small businesses start, stabilize and grow. We give them hope, learning opportunities and many resources they need.  While we believe every small business owner in Connecticut should enroll in our workshops,  we strongly encourage CEDF clients to enroll.   Our loan clients can earn a combined total of 0.50% percent off the interest rate on their standard or SBA micro loan when they complete both the Setup Your Business Finances and Beginners QuickBooks Pro 2014 

Free Social Media Workshops

For small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts.

This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, some dos and don’ts of each channel, what kind of content to create, how to know if your content is working, and what to do next.

Led by Connecticut small business owner and marketer, April Woodcock, of Touching Clients in Norwich.

Intended Audience: The content is targeted at the beginner – to comfortable small-business marketer who is looking to build their marketing knowledge, or to reinforce what it is they already know. Remember To Bring Your Business Cards

Meriden:  CEDF, 965 E. Main St. Thursday, May 14th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

For more information contact Nancy Gray, 203-235-2333, ext. 2040

Free Marketing Toolkit Workshops

If you’re overwhelmed by the dizzying number available marketing options and just want to understand the basics to build a strong marketing foundation, join other small business owners and non-profit decision makers for free Marketing Toolkit Workshops in Waterbury, New Haven and Meriden. Small business owner and marketing expert April Woodcock from Touching Clients in Norwich will uncover core marketing concepts for a little knowledge that can go a long way.

Participants will learn what marketing is, how it has changed to serve small organizations, the importance of setting goal and objectives, and how the four pillars of marketing success work together.

Meriden: CEDF, 965 East Main St., Thursday, May 28th. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For more information or to register, call Nancy Gray, 203-235-2333, x2040


Basic Business Finance Series For Small Business Owners and Start-ups

Only $189 for both workshops

Purchase both workshops together by clicking on the Setup Your Business Finances link above, click on register now, fill out the information required.

Be sure to proceed to PayPal for payment to complete the process. You will not be registered in the workshops until you have made payment.  

You must take the Set Up Your Business Finances, before you take the QuickBooks Pro workshop. Workshops may be purchase separately and taken

at different times,however you will pay more for a separate workshop then when purchased as a package.



Tax Compliance For Small Business

Only $30

Click on the Federal and State Tax Workshop link above, click on register now, fill out the information required.

Be sure to proceed to PayPal for payment to complete the process.




Learn What Basic Marketing Is… All The Way To How To Generate Profits from Your Plan!

  Only $80

Click on the Learn basic marketing link above, click on register now, fill out the information required.

Be sure to proceed to PayPal for payment to complete the process.



Thank You To Our Workshop Sponsors


All East Hartford & Waterbury Workshops and the 4week Marketing Basics Program are Sponsored by





Norwich Business Finance Workshop Sponsored by


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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Nancy Gray toll free at 888-835-2333 x 2040.

Certificates of Completion will only be granted to those who attend all workshop nights.   Refunds for course enrollments will only be authorized by the director in the event CEDF cancels the entire course (not an individual class where a date is rescheduled).   Participation in any CEDF course(s) does not guarantee a CEDF loan approval.



Nancy Gray

If you have any questions regarding the workshops or programs  brought to you by our Business Education Center please contact the director, Nancy Gray toll free at 888-835-2333 x 2040.