Economic Development

This page contains tools and a wealth of information to help you start or bring your business to eastern Connecticut.

Eastern Connecticut Info

Business Start Up

Call the Chamber at 860-701-9113 to setup a free meeting with SCORE mentors at the Chamber office. SCORE is a nonprofit helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.

Business Education

The Chamber hosts many educational events and seminars. View our calendar to check for the next education events.

Chamber Calendar

  • #TrendingTalk and Other Seminars Covering marketing strategies and business tools to help small business stay current.
  • Business Breakfasts Addressing relevant topics to our region and local businesses.
  • Annual Tourism Bootcamp Designed to help tourism-focused enterprises get their “marketing plans in shape” for the year ahead.
  • Leadership Program
    Expose and prepare promising leaders to issues affecting our communities, businesses and the public.

Government Affairs

Sales and Marketing

Business Resources

  • seCTer
    NL County’s Regional Economic Development District.
  • DECD
    Connecticut Economic and Community Development.
  • SBDC
  • No-cost advising services to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.

  • EWIB
  • EWIB oversees workforce-related programs to ensure that the changing needs of local employers and job-seekers are met.

  • SCORE
    Connecting entrepreneurs with mentors.

More Business Resources

Insurance

Employer

Top 10 Non-Municipal Employers

New London County – March 2015

  • Naval Submarine Base – 10,550
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino – 9,100
  • Mohegan Sun – 8,650
  • Electric Boat – 8,300
  • Pfizer Inc. – 4,900
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital – 1,900
  • Dominion-Millstone – 1,650
  • William W. Backus Hospital – 1,575
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy – 1,300
  • Connecticut College – 850
  • Source: The Day

  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Pfizer Inc
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
  • Naval Submarine Base
  • William W Backus Hospital
  • Millstone Power Station
  • Connecticut College
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • York Correctional Institution

Source: CT.gov

Local EDC’s

Economic Dev. Commissions
Informational towns websites.


Regional Profile

Eastern Connecticut consists of two counties, Windham in the north and New London in the south. The region is bordered in the east by the state of Rhode Island; Massachusetts in the north; and in the south by Long Island Sound.

Within these two counties are the following municipalities: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton (town), Groton City, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham, and Woodstock, with many other boroughs and villages in between.

With a combined population approaching 400,000 these two counties comprise 11 percent of Connecticut’s total population and 23 percent of Connecticut’s total land area. Their combined median household income is about $61,000, helping make Connecticut the United States’ richest state. Residents of Connecticut are usually referred to as Nutmeggers but may also be referred to as Connecticuters, although this term is seldom used. Connecticut is also known as The Land of Steady Habits.

For demographics by town or statewide, click here.


Economic Development Commission

If you’re thinking of locating a business in eastern Connecticut, talking to one of our local Economic Development Commissions just might be the way to start your search.