Training and Certifications

The BOSI program assists business owners in understanding the link between their entrepreneurial makeup and how that influences how they run their business. By using the BOSI system, CTSBDC clients can uncover their entrepreneurial DNA – Builder, Opportunist, Specialist, Innovator (BOSI) – and learn how to leverage specific characteristics to move their business forward. After their self-discovery, clients learn strategies on how to help optimize their DNA and how they can benefit from key traits of other entrepreneurs who share their DNA. Two CTSBDC business advisors, Michelle and Joe W. are certified to lead. Take the Free Assessment.
GrowthWheel Small Business Tool CTSBDC
Business advisor Tammy is certified with GrowthWheel®, a visual toolbox for decision-making and action planning for startup and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. GrowthWheel® was designed around the observation that all businesses – in all industries and life stages – have four lasting challenges in common: They must create an attractive Business Concept, build a strong Organization behind it, develop lasting Client Relations, and do so while maintaining profitable Operations. GrowthWheel® provides CTSBDC clients with a 360° perspective of their business.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Work@HealthTM
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Work@Health™
Two CTSBDC business advisors, Jenefeness and Shelly, have been trained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Work@Health™ Employer Training Program. The Work@Health™ Program is designed to provide employers with the knowledge and tools to promote good health in their work places to prevent or reduce chronic illness and disability, thereby improving productivity and the competitiveness of employers participating in this training program.

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program
This program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program can be adapted to a variety of participants ranging from young adults through higher education and workforce development, including those who may be economically or socially excluded. This program can help entrepreneurs overcome adversity and achieve independence, regardless of one’s circumstances. Almost half of our business advisors have successfully completed facilitator training to lead Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs in Connecticut.

Profit Mastery
Profit Mastery provides a practical understanding of and ability to use your financials to better manage your business and work more effectively with your lender and accounting professionals. This tool provides the differentiating point in the market that can catalyze your company’s success. The Profit Mastery curriculum has resulted in positive client responses, including significant sales growth, measurable job creation/retention, increased bank lines of credit, and the expansion of businesses into new locations. All CTSBDC Business Advisors are certified to lead.
International Trade Flags
SBA Export and Trade Counselor Certification
CTSBDC offers the guidance and expertise small business owners need to grow and thrive in foreign markets. The 12-member team of professional business advisors has successfully earned the SBA Export and Trade Counselor Certification. And, If clients are ready to expand into export, the CTSBDC NASBITE (North American Small Business International Trade Educators) certified international trade specialist helps them create an international business plan, identify markets, meet regulations and attend to numerous other facets so they launch safely and profitably into new territory worldwide. All CTSBDC Business Advisors are certified to lead. Learn More.