Business Assistance

Do Business in Downtown Bridgeport

Thinking of opening or growing your business in Downtown? Check out these local resources that can help you start, operate, and expand your business here.

Welcome Businesses! Informational Packet

Check out our booklet for details on the DSSD’s role and other resources to support your needs as a growing business, from keeping the Downtown clean and friendly, connecting you to city resources, to offering free marketing and advertising for your business, and more!

Business Community VIdeo Series

This video series includes helpful tips, resoures, and information about no-cost service providers. Each video pertains to a topic important to your business: marketing, finance, planning, hiring, promoting, and more! All videos were filmed and produced by The Recinos Company.

Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce

Targeted legislative, networking, and business development events that promote, assist and advocate for member businesses.

Your one stop shop for starting and doing business in Connecticut.

Capital for Change

Loans to small businesses that contribute to the well-being of their communities.

City of Bridgeport Economic Development

Learn more about economic development projects and business development in Bridgeport.

Community Economic Development Fund

Loans for Connecticut small business owners, primarily in low-to-moderate income communities, who are not able to obtain traditional bank financing.

Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund

A flexible working capital loan program custom designed for Connecticut’s small businesses and nonprofits.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center

Free business advising to start, grow and thrive in Connecticut.

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

Marketing, networking, professional development, and advocacy for artists, creative businesses, and cultural groups.

Financing + Incentives

Learn more about programs that support business growth and innovation in Bridgeport.

Entrepreneurship Foundation

Providing effective resources for educators and entreprenurs. 


Grants and loans for Connecticut-based businesses.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Dedicated to the growth & prosperity of Hispanic-owned businesses, advance business causes & committed to help our members maintain a competitive edge.

Minority Entrepreneurs Training Association, Inc.

Provides training, consulting and mentoring for youth and adult entrepreneurs.

Plan Bridgeport

Explore Bridgeport’s development priorities for the next decade.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments, as well as to primes.

SCORE Fairfield County

Free educational and one-on-one mentoring services to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to start or grow their business

Small + Minority Business Enterprise

Information for small, minority, and women-owned businesses to compete for business opportunities with the City of Bridgeport.

Southern CT Black Chamber

Committed to ensuring the economic growth and sustainability of minority-owned companies in Bridgeport.

Werth Center @ HCC

Production and Makerspace for high school and college students, and Bridgeport community members.

Women's Business Development Council

Offering free entrepreneurial and financial education services, WBDC is dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help women thrive in business.

We can provide useful information about the neighborhood and answer any general questions you might have about doing business here. Contact us at 203.908.3622 or via email at