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Entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals gain insight into capital opportunities at seminar

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development recently co-sponsored a “Business Resources for Success” program. The presenters highlighted tools entrepreneurs, business owners and others can utilize to enhance their business.

Alexis Luna, community affair specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitated the Dec. 7 program that included networking, panelist presentations, a Q&A, and light dinner fare.

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass kicked off the event, sharing information about the town’s offerings. He was followed by Sandra Hernandez of the Washington, D.C., FDIC’s office, senior community affairs specialist, and Sylina Jacobs, outreach and marketing and specialist with the Connecticut District Office, Bridgeport Branch Office, of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Nelson Merchan, advisor with the Connecticut Development Center (SBDC) discussed numerous ways the SBDC can help businesses, then Will Meikle, SCORE – Western CT chapter chairman, CT associate district director, and Northeast Regional director shared with the attendees how SCORE’s volunteers can provide mentorships and more to businesses.

Oley Carpp, chairman of the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development, addressed the crowd next, discussing the multiple ways the nonprofit organization can provide funding that can help businesses grow. Bob Reiling, executive director of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, wrapped up the guest speaker segment of the program.

Photography by Deborah Rose

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