Entrepreneurs, Start Ups and Existing Businesses

Welcome CEDF’s Business Education Center 


Our Business Education Center provides classroom training to small business owners on the key issues of running a small business, as well as, ongoing free workshops on a variety of topics necessary to maintain a competitive edge in today’s business environment. Our training is offered in multiple locations throughout the state for the convenience of all businesses. 

Our 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 

Financial Workshops For Only $189



Your Support Is Greatly Appreciated.

Fall 2014 through Spring/Summer 2015 are below:

East Hartford & Waterbury

Business Finance, QuickBooks Pro and Tax Compliance for Small Business




Business Finance

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor in the following areas Meriden, Bridgeport, Stamford, or Willimantic please 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.

 Join Us On Thursday Evenings For Our FREE …

2014 Summer Learning Program


Celebrating Small Business Summer Learning Series 2013


Free Presentations Every Thursday evening starting  July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and August 7th & 14th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm workshops, networking & refreshments for a great evening of learning and making connections. 

July 10th – Announcing Soon!!

July 17th – How To Profit More and Prospect Less – Presented by Marge Picinni

July 24th - Digital Marketing for Small Business – Smart and Easy Ways To Market Your Business Online.  Presented by Kenzie Harrick, Web Solutions.

July 31st – Hiring – Firing – Avoid Legal Mistakes – Presented by  Anne Peabody Brostek, President, Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut.

August 7th – Contractor or Employee  - Avoid Penalties that could shut your business down. Presented  by Victoria Chavey, Partner in Jackson & Lewis Law Firm

August 14th – Access  To  Capital For Start ups and Businesses unable to obtain financing. Seating is limited – Call toll free 888-835-2333   


This Summer Series program is generously sponsored by:









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.