Location, location, location
Middletown is centrally located in Connecticut and is within a half hour from the shoreline, Hartford and New Haven. The Downtown District is easily accessed from route 9. Middletown is located on the Connecticut river and is accessible by boat from Long Island Sound. View Map
A great downtown for startups
Our restaurant and bar scene combined with a great walkable downtown and plenty of available office space makes Middletown a great place to start and grow. Downtown Middletown is vibrant and active and has everything you need within a short walk. Downtown Business District
Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College
One of a key differnetiators for Middletown is the number of students that live and shop near downtown Middletown, which is great for businesses that depends on a younger demongraphic for sales or talent. Wesleyan University Middlesex Community College
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Middletown is home to MCCC, which is the largest free-standing chamber in the state with thousands of members. Starting up downtown and connecting with the Chamber is a great way to gain exposure to a wide network of businesses and industries. Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
Affordable Office Space
There are a number of office buildings in downtown Middletown with a range of space options, giving you the flexibility to start small and grow over time in the same area. Make sure to check out our available space to find something that suites your needs. Resources
The Community Investment Corporation (CIC) is a small business lender that provides SBA 504 loans for major assets and real estate, community advantage loans (up to $250,000) for underserved communities and start-ups, and microloans for borrowers with few assets.
The Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is a non-profit that provides loans and assistance in low-to-moderate income towns and cities in Connecticut. They provide term loans and lines of credit (up to $250,000), commercial real estate loans (up to $500,000), and microloans (up to $50,000). CEDF pairs their loans with advisors and educational resources and also offers a Women and Minority Loan Guarantee Program.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) runs the Connecticut Manufacturing Voucher Program, which provides vouchers worth up to $50,000 to help businesses keep pace with state-of-the-art technological advancements.
Connecticut Innovations (CI) has several grants and loans available to help small businesses innovate. Perfect for growing IT, Biotech and high-tech businesses.
The Connecticut New Venture Competition runs a business plan competition for college students that provides $20,000 in start-up support services and cash grants.
CTNext, as Connecticut's innovation ecosystem, supports companies and entrepreneurs with guidance, resources, networks, and funding. Their grants include the Entrepreneur's Learners Permit (up to $1,500 reimbursement), Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (up to $10,000), Growth Company Grants (up to $25,000), and the Technology Talent Bridge (funding to hire student interns, up to $25,000). In addition, CTNext can help you apply for federal SBIR/STTR grants.
HEDCO offers small business and non-profit organizations in Connecticut flexible and affordable loan options with terms from 1 to 10 years, interest rates from 4% to 7%, and amounts up to $400,000. Additionally, HEDCO's Business Resource Center provides technical assistance from their business counselors, attorneys, accountants, and insurance and banking professionals.
The Angel Investor Forum invests in promising opportunities whose potential rewards are commensurate with recognized risks. The organization provides $100,000 to $2 million in capital to companies that offer a high return potential to investors.
Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) is a professional organization that serves the investment community by bringing investors together with start-ups and growth-stage companies in Connecticut. CVG hosts monthly networking and pitch events and provides resources for entrepreneurs and innovators.