HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Back in 2019, Governor Lamont said one of his first orders of business was making Connecticut an all-digital state. Now, officials are saying they’re made a big step in that direction when it comes to helping people start a business.
Governor Lamont wants to help entrepreneurs spend less time on bureaucratic paperwork and more time on growing their businesses.
“Thinking about Connecticut, starting a business in Connecticut. We have one place where you can go,” said Lamont.
At ReSet, an organization that helped launch over 200 businesses, the Governor and Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, announced entrepreneurs can now create a checklist at Business.CT.gov, and access everything they need to launch a business right there.
Officials say the prior business registry system, Concord, was one of the most antiquated. The state is now partnering with leading companies to ensure this technology stays relevant in the future.
“These steps we’re taking to integrate services and break down state agency silos get us closer to Governor Lamont’s vision to be a fully digital government that is responsive to business needs,” Josh Geballe, commissioner and chief operating officer of CT Department of Administrative Services.
But so far, over 19,000 new businesses registered on the new site this summer.
“As of today, we have had over 100,000 more online filings since June. OC: the capacity to streamline things,” said Merrill.
Connecticut’s business portal launched in the summer of 2020 and has been rapidly expanding under the administration’s efforts to build an all-digital state government. This project achieved:
- 17,683 new business checklists have been created since Business.CT.gov went live
- 56% of all new business checklists on business.ct.gov have been created by women or minoirt entrepreurs.
- Business support calls in the service center at the Connecticut Department of Econmic and Community Delevopment have dropped o only 3-4 minutes per all.
“Small businesses are now better equipped to start, expand, and thrive in Connecticut,” said Merrill. Starting a business comes with several risks and inherent challenges. Registering should not be one of them. I look forward to our state and our businesses growing together.”
Connecticut business owners now have a seamless end-to-end experience from how to start a business, registering that business, and managing all of their critical compliance needs:
- Businesses can now file and track every kind of UCC lien online, with no paperwork required.
- Business owners can now sign up for one CT.gov account and handle all of their business filings online, hassle free. This includes nusiness registration, business lookups, filinf anual reports, making business amendments, and filinf liens.
“This update is another incredible milestone in Connecticut’s modernization efforts to move toward an all-digital state government experience. Every business owner is required to register through the Secretary of the State, and this integration will take away one more burdensome extra step or login that they need to undertake to grow their business,” said Lamont.