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Committee Bill No. 5584

January Session, 2017


LCO No. 3258



Referred to Committee on COMMERCE


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 32-9n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(b) Said Office of Small Business Affairs shall: (1) Administer at least one regional office of the small business development center program within the Department of Economic and Community Development; (2) coordinate, with the director of the small business development center program, the flow of information within the technical and management assistance program within the Department of Economic and Community Development; (3) encourage Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated to grant loans to small businesses, particularly those owned and operated by minorities and other socially or economically disadvantaged individuals; (4) coordinate and serve as a liaison between all federal, state, regional and municipal agencies and programs affecting small business affairs; (5) administer any business management training program established under section 32-352 or section 32-355 as the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may determine; (6) provide a single point of contact for small businesses seeking financial and technical assistance from the state and quasi-public agencies; (7) coordinate all state funded revolving loan funds used to assist small businesses; [and] (8) establish, in cooperation with the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and within available appropriations, an informational web page, that is updated by the department on not less than a quarterly basis, with a list and links to all small business resources available and post them in a conspicuous place on the department's web site; [. The office shall update this information on its web site on at least a quarterly basis.] and (9) establish and operate a state-wide small business hotline to provide prospective and existing small business owners with individualized information and guidance regarding business formation and development, networking resources and technical and financial assistance from the state and quasi-public agencies.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017


Statement of Purpose:

To provide resources for small businesses to assist their sustainability and growth.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]


REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th Dist.; REP. RITTER M., 1st Dist.

REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th Dist.; REP. GODFREY, 110th Dist.

REP. SERRA, 33rd Dist.; REP. RYAN, 139th Dist.

REP. ORANGE, 48th Dist.; REP. URBAN, 43rd Dist.

REP. BERGER, 73rd Dist.; REP. WALKER, 93rd Dist.

REP. GENTILE, 104th Dist.; REP. HENNESSY, 127th Dist.

REP. PERONE, 137th Dist.; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd Dist.

REP. GENGA, 10th Dist.; REP. MORIN, 28th Dist.

REP. MORRIS, 140th Dist.; REP. TONG, 147th Dist.

REP. JOHNSON, 49th Dist.; REP. LESSER, 100th Dist.

REP. REED, 102nd Dist.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th Dist.

REP. BARAM, 15th Dist.; REP. ROVERO, 51st Dist.

REP. HADDAD, 54th Dist.; REP. LEMAR, 96th Dist.

REP. ROSE, 118th Dist.; REP. ALBIS, 99th Dist.

REP. STALLWORTH, 126th Dist.; REP. ARCE, 4th Dist.

REP. VARGAS, 6th Dist.; REP. HAMPTON, 16th Dist.

REP. RILEY, 46th Dist.; REP. SANTIAGO, 84th Dist.

REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st Dist.; REP. SCANLON, 98th Dist.

REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd Dist.; REP. ADAMS, 146th Dist.

REP. STAFSTROM, 129th Dist.; REP. GRESKO, 121st Dist.

REP. SLAP, 19th Dist.; REP. CONLEY, 40th Dist.

REP. ZIOGAS, 79th Dist.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th Dist.

REP. LINEHAN, 103rd Dist.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th Dist.

REP. ROSARIO, 128th Dist.; REP. MCGEE, 5th Dist.

H.B. 5584