Start Your Business Today in Groton
The Groton Economic Development team is available to assist both new and existing businesses in Groton – or if you are considering starting up a business enterprise, we’d love to help connect you to the resources you need.
Doing Business in Groton: Resource Guide
This resource has been developed to help prospective business owners start a business in Groton. This guide has been organized in such a way to assist you through the process from inception of your idea to start or expand a business all the way to the ribbon cutting celebration to announce your opening.
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Filing a Trade Name Certificate
Filing a Trade Name Certificate with the Town is required if you are conducting business under a business name. The form can be completed in the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall at 45 Fort Hill Road; there is a $10.00 fee.
State of Connecticut Business Licensing and Registration
If you are starting a business in Connecticut, begin by going to business.ct.gov - all of the relevant information can be found there.
Registration with the State of Connecticut is required if you are conducting business in the state. The following resources provide details regarding state registration and licensing requirements:
- Connecticut Economic Resource Council (CERC) - Business Entity Formation
- Connecticut Business Startup Tool
- Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region - Resources
Starting a Home-Based Business
Home-based businesses are permitted accessory uses in residential dwellings, regulated according to business intensity as defined in the Town of Groton Zoning Regulations. The applicable section can be found here. To get started with filing an Administrative Site Plan Application as appropriate, stop by the Planning Department at the Town Hall Annex weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Mentoring & Counseling
Remote business assistance is available from the following organizations:
Women's Business Development Council of Southeastern CT
Southeastern CT SCORE Chapter
CT Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) Business Assistance
Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer)
Building a Digital Presence
The mentors listed above can advise you on improving your digital presence and capabilities. Here's an overview to get you started:
Digital Presence and Online Commerce
Finding a Location
Finding a site for your business in Groton is easy! Our economic development team is eager to help your business find space in Groton. Begin by taking a look at the available sites on our property listings pages:
Sites and Buildings for Lease
Sites and Buildings for Sale
Digital versions of applications and permits are available from our planning department.
For further assistance, give Paige Bronk, Economic and Community Development Manager a call at (860)448-4095 or email him at PBronk@groton-ct.gov.
Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region
seCTer is a public-private regional economic development agency, committed to providing assistance to regional entrepreneurs and existing small businesses. Visit the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) website for more business resources.
DID YOU KNOW...?
The Southeastern CT Chapter of SCORE offers free business consultation at their local offices in New London and Mystic.
Additional free resources and consultation are available via the following:
- U.S. Small Business Association
- Connecticut Small Business Development Center
- CTNext Small Business Resource Directory
Take a look at our events calendar for the latest free training for start-ups and small businesses.
New to the Groton Area?
Community Concierge is a free service to help newcomers get to know the area and meet new friends and colleagues.