Gateway's Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at Gateway is conveniently located on the first floor of the South building, in S105.
The center includes the New Haven Chapter of SCORE offices and provides the opportunity for sponsorships, partnerships, and affiliations for programs and client services with SBA, Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, U.S. Department of Commerce Middletown Export Assistance Center, Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, Women’s Business Center, and Connect Veterans, Inc.

In addition to mentoring opportunities, one-on-one counseling and online workshops, and templates and tools, the center offers numerous free seminars and workshops throughout the year.

The center is directed by Rose Bednarz Lugio, a professor in the Business Department at Gateway and expert in issues pertaining to small businesses. She was named the 2013 Women in Business Champion for the State of Connecticut by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and serves as program coordinator for the degree programs in Entrepreneurial Studies and Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising at the college. For more information, call (203) 865-7645 or contact SCORE.


Small Business Evening Seminars 2015 – 2016 Schedule

Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT
Small Business Center, S105 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Our small business evening seminars are intended to cover topical subjects of interest. Pre-registration is not necessary. On-site registration begins at 5:45 p.m. on the evening of the scheduled seminar. Seminars are free of charge but seating is limited. Free parking is available in the Temple Street Garage (bring ticket for validation).
  • November 18, 2015. Trade Marks, Patents, and Internet Addresses. An overview of methods and proposed legal steps to protect all of your intellectual property.
  • January 20, 2016. The Painless Approach to Business Planning. A hands-on approach to developing a business plan and its significance using a real business plan model.
  • February 17, 2016. Social Media Marketing Techniques for Growing a Business. Learn how to get the most out of using social media techniques to grow your business.
  • March 16, 2016. Purchasing Power and Tips for the Professional Buyer. Explores critical aspects of general purchasing execution in small businesses and provides guidance to buyers when making important buying decisions.
  • April 20, 2016. Your Guide to Exporting for Small Businesses. This seminar will assist you in assessing your readiness to export, present the elements of an exporting business plan and providing resources to find buyers, financing sources, and foreign investment projects.
  •  May 18, 2016.  Small Business Valuation. Planning to sell or grow your business? This seminar presents procedures and methods used to estimate the economic value of the owner’s interest in a small business.