Greater Danbury Chamber to Help Small Businesses Succeed

By Angela Barbosa in Columns, Community in Focus, May 19, 2014Many small business owners, especially within ethnic communities, face adversities when it comes to launching their ideas or expanding their existing businesses. All they want is a fair chance to succeed in establishing the proper business foundation so it will stretch across generations.To assist our small business entrepreneurs in doing just that, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and has welcomed local resident, Nelson Merchan, to serve as Business Advisor to the entrepreneurial and small business community in parts of Fairfield and Litchfield Counties.

“I’ve been working with local business owners for quite some time now,” explains Nelson, “and CTSBDC provides an opportunity to leverage extensive resources and tools that are necessary to contribute to measurable economic impact in Connecticut.”

Nelson joins a statewide team of 12 CTSBDC business advisors who collectively have more than 225 years of experience supporting small businesses. His services are provided at no cost, with confidential assistance, including marketing and social media education and strategy, business plan review, growth strategies and guidance with loan and grant applications. Clients create viable businesses, generate long-term jobs and access more money to expand and start businesses with his help.

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is the largest regional business advocacy organization in Northern Fairfield County representing the ten-town Connecticut business community of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman and the surrounding area.

To request business advising or to learn more about the services offered by the CTSBDC, visit Nelson’s office is located at the Chamber office at 39 West Street, Danbury and he also meets with clients at their place of business. He can be reached directly by emailing

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