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Sec. 32-345. (Formerly Sec. 32-176). Development research and economic assistance matching grant program.
Sec. 32-348. (Note: This section is repealed, effective July 1, 2012.) Establishment of a manufacturing extension service (CONNSTEP). Grants. Bond issue.
Sec. 32-356. Small business incubator account.

      Sec. 32-345. (Formerly Sec. 32-176). Development research and economic assistance matching grant program. (a) The Department of Economic and Community Development may establish a Connecticut development research and economic assistance matching grant program, within available appropriations and, for the purposes of providing financial aid, as defined in subdivision (4) of section 32-34, to assist: (1) Connecticut small businesses in conducting marketing-related activities to facilitate commercialization of research projects funded under the small business innovation research program or the small business technology transfer program; (2) business-led consortia or Connecticut businesses in connection with their participation in a federal technology support program; and (3) micro businesses, in conducting development and research. The department may enter into an agreement, pursuant to chapter 55a, with a person, firm, corporation or other entity to operate such program.

      (b) Applications shall be submitted in the manner prescribed by the department. Each such application shall include the following: (1) The location of the principal place of business of the applicant; (2) an explanation of the intended use of the funding being applied for, the potential market for the end product of the project and the marketing strategy; and (3) such other information that the department deems necessary. Information contained in any such application submitted to the department under this section which is of a proprietary nature shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection (a) of section 1-210.

      (c) In determining whether an applicant shall be selected for funding pursuant to this section, the department, or the operator, if any, selected pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, shall consider, but such consideration need not be limited to, the following factors: (1) The description of the small business innovation research project, the small business technology transfer project or the federally-supported technology project and the potential commercial applicability of such project; (2) evidence of satisfactory participation in the applicable small business innovation research program, the small business technology transfer program or the federal technology support program; (3) the potential impact of such research project on the workforce in the region where such small business is located; (4) the size of the potential market, strength of the marketing strategy, and ability of the applicant to execute the strategy and successfully commercialize the end product; and (5) the resources and record of success of the company relative to development and commercialization. Within the availability of funds, the department may provide financial aid to eligible applicants, provided no business may receive more than fifty thousand dollars for any single small business innovation research project or small business technology transfer project. The department may require a business to repay such assistance or pay a multiple of the assistance to the department. All such repayments and payments shall be deposited in the Connecticut technology partnership assistance program revolving account established under section 32-346.

      (d) The department may establish a development, research and economic assistance matching financial aid program for micro businesses that have received federal funds for Phase II proposals under the small business innovation research program and the small business technology transfer program. Any micro business receiving financial aid under this subsection shall use such financial aid for the same purpose such micro business was awarded said federal funds. The department may enter into an agreement, pursuant to chapter 55a, with a person, firm, corporation or other entity to operate such a program.

      (P.A. 87-431, S. 2, 3; P.A. 89-143, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-382, S. 48, 69; P.A. 94-162, S. 2, 4; P.A. 95-272, S. 23, 29; P.A. 06-83, S. 7; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 13; P.A. 11-140, S. 22.)

      History: P.A. 89-143 increased the maximum initial grant amount from $15,000 to $20,000 and increased the maximum amount of subsequent grants from $5,000 to $20,000 in Subsec. (c); P.A. 93-382 transferred program from department of economic development to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, provided for financial assistance instead of grants only and authorized corporation to require business to repay assistance, provided for funding to assist small businesses "in conducting marketing-related activities to facilitate commercialization of research projects funded under the small business innovation research program" instead of to assist small businesses participating in said program "in continuing innovative research which has potential commercial applications" and limited the amount of financial assistance that a business may receive during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, for a single project, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-162 applied section to small business technology transfer program and changed name of account in Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1994; Sec. 32-176 transferred to Sec. 32-345 in 1995; P.A. 95-272 amended Subsec. (a) to change competitive funding to Connecticut technology partnership program and added reference to Sec. 32-34(4) and added new Subdiv. (2) re business-led consortia or Connecticut businesses in connection with participation in a federal technology support program, Subsec. (b) to change research to technology, Subsec. (c) to make technical changes and add reference to federally-supported technology project and program, small business innovation research project and small business technology transfer project and deleted Subsec. (e) re termination of program, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 06-83 amended Subsec. (a) to replace "Connecticut technology partnership program" with "Connecticut development research and economic assistance matching grant program" and add Subdiv. (3) re micro businesses, amended Subsec. (b)(2) to delete "technology", added new Subsec. (d) re eligibility of Phase II proposals for matching financial aid and redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4 substituted Department of Economic and Community Development for Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated throughout, in Subsecs. (a) and (d) permitted department to contract with entities to operate the respective programs and, in Subsec. (e), required Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to submit report to legislative committee re status of development research and economic assistance matching grant program, effective June 29, 2007; P.A. 11-140 deleted former Subsec. (e) re reporting requirement, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-348. (Note: This section is repealed, effective July 1, 2012.) Establishment of a manufacturing extension service (CONNSTEP). Grants. Bond issue. (a) There is hereby established within the Department of Economic and Community Development a manufacturing extension service program for the purpose of awarding a grant to the Connecticut manufacturing extension partnership affiliate, which shall be known as CONNSTEP, as designated by the United States Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology. Applications for a grant under this section shall be made and grants shall be awarded in the manner and form prescribed by the commissioner. The extension service's responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, providing training for small and medium-sized businesses in high performance work practices.

      (b) For the purposes described in subsection (c) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate four million dollars.

      (c) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (c) of this section, shall be used by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the purposes of subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (P.A. 93-382, S. 51, 69; P.A. 94-116, S. 11, 28; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 98-203, S. 2, 13; P.A. 11-61, S. 180.)

      History: P.A. 93-382 effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-116 added provision in Subsec. (a) re training in high performance work practices, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 98-203 amended Subsec. (a) to identify CONNSTEP as the manufacturing extension service, deleted former Subsec. (b) re a study of certain business assistance programs, relettered existing subsections accordingly and amended new Subsec. (b) to increase the total bond authorization for the program to $4,000,000, effective June 8, 1998; P.A. 11-61 repealed section, effective July 1, 2012.

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      Sec. 32-356. Small business incubator account. There is established an account to be known as the small business incubator account, which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The commissioner may use funds from the account to provide administrative expenses and grants for the purposes of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 32-7f.

      (P.A. 06-83, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 15; P.A. 11-61, S. 164.)

      History: P.A. 06-83 effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess P.A. 07-4 amended Subsec. (b) to permit Department of Economic and Community Development to contract with an entity to operate program, to require department to develop guidelines for provision of grants and for department or operator to provide grants to assist small businesses operating incubator facilities, amended Subsec. (c) and deleted former Subsec. (d) to relieve commissioner from obligation to adopt regulations re process for grant application, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (d) and amended same to delete provisions re moneys in account, and added new Subsec. (e) establishing Small Business Incubator Advisory Board, effective June 29, 2007; P.A. 11-61 deleted former Subsec. (a) re definition of "incubator facilities", former Subsec. (b) re establishment of small business incubator program, former Subsec. (c) re grant applications and former Subsec. (e) re Small Business Incubator Advisory Board, and amended existing provisions re small business incubator account to authorize use of account for purposes of Sec. 32-7f(a)(1), delete "pursuant to this section" and make a technical change, effective July 1, 2011.

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