Connecticut Business Facts
In size Connecticut is the third-smallest state in the US, but this little powerhouse has a lot to offer when it comes to business. Strategically located near major markets such as New York City and Boston, Connecticut entrepreneurs also operate alongside the wealthiest population in the nation. Connecticut offers a highly-educated labor pool and ranks third in the United States for quality of life, with its many cities ranging from cosmopolitan urban centers to quaint small towns that still retain their colonial heritage since the state’s foundation in 1788.
Major Companies in Connecticut
Major Companies headquartered in Connecticut include Aetna, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Subway and United Technologies.
White Connecticut does offer its entrepreneurs a dynamic market and a qualified workforce, Connecticut small business owners face a high tax burden, elevated labor costs and expensive real estate.
Steps on How to Start a Business in Connecticut
Before starting a business in Connecticut, you will need to follow these important steps.
There are 3 basic options: a Corporation, LLC or DBA. Click here to learn more about business entities.
Choosing a business name is easier said than done – many legal and business problems can arise from choosing the wrong name (you can always change it later but the less times you have to do that, the better). In Step 3 we’ll show you how to search for the name in Connecticut, but we highly recommend you do the following before searching Connecticut state databases:
NOTE: Every state has naming guidelines. Connecticut LLC entity names need to contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The word “Limited” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Company” as “Co.” Certain words are restricted or prohibited.
Each state has its own requirements for registering a business. Now that you’ve chosen a business structure and selected your business name, here are the requirements to register your business in Connecticut.
How to form an LLC in Connecticut
How to Incorporate in Connecticut
Considerations when incorporating or forming an LLC in Connecticut
The Connecticut Secretary of State takes 4-5 business days to process your filing. Rush filing will take 1-2 days.
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How to File a DBA in Connecticut
Connecticut trade names need to be registered with the town in which the business is conducted. You will need to research your proposed trade name with your Town Clerk and submit the appropriate form or certificate. You can locate your Town Clerk by searching for “Town Clerk of YOURTOWN Connecticut.”
Your EIN is like your Social Security Number for your company. It’s required for Corporations and LLC’s and optional for DBA’s (if you don’t have any employees, then it’s required). However, if you are a DBA and don’t obtain an EIN you will be forced to use your Social Security Number on many documents so it’s typically recommended you obtain the EIN to prevent identity theft.
You can read more about corporate tax laws in Connecticut on the Connecticut Department of Revenue Taxation Division site.
To keep business and personal expenses separate, you should open a separate account for your business. In addition, getting business credit cards is how you begin to build a company credit profile (corporation or LLC required) and can later qualify for larger loans and lines of credit. To open the account simply call your chosen bank and inquire on the steps to open a business bank account. Typically you’ll need a) your filed paperwork, b) your EIN and c) a company resolution authorizing your company to open the account (signed by the owners, members, officers or directors, etc.).
Some Major Banks in Connecticut include Liberty Bank, Webster Bank, United Bank, Farmington Bank and Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company
TIP: Our business formation service includes a free banking resolution for your use.
Now that you’ve registered your business name you may need to obtain a business license for your company – this authorizes your company to do business in your city or county. Typically this also involves registering for state taxes and permits (the city may require them as part of the business licensing process). Connecticut’s state website has helpful information about obtaining a business license.
TIP: We work with a company that can obtain and prepare business licenses and permits for you. Click here to learn more.
DBA: Your Connecticut Trade Name should be valid for 5 years (unless you change company name or other information) at which point you’ll need to renew it with your Town Clerk.
LLC: Connecticut LLCs are required to file an annual report every year between January 1 and March 31. The filing fee is $20. You can file your annual report online.
Corporation: Every Connecticut Corporation must file an annual report by the end of the anniversary month that your corporation was filed. The filing fee is $150. You can file your annual report online.
Business Services (for Corporation and LLC filings)
30 Trinity Street
Hartford CT, 06106
Connecticut Taxation Departments
Connecticut Labor and Employment Departments
Connecticut Startup Resources
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Connecticut Legal Statutes
Connecticut Chambers of Commerce
Connecticut Business Portal
Angel.co Connecticut Startups
Connecticut Business News
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) offers expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Connecticut Green Business Program
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