Small business conference to be held in Ansonia

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ANSONIA — A conference to help small businesses understand the Connecticut Jobs Bill and its STEP UP program will be held Wednesday in Ansonia.

The conference will highlight aspects of the Jobs Bill enacted last fall and expanded economic development programs enacted in June.

“It’s been gratifying to see widespread acceptance of the provisions of our jobs bill, with businesses from throughout Connecticut taking advantage of the direct assistance available to them,” said state Senator Joseph Crisco (D-17), who is co-hosting the conference, in a prepared release. “This conference is aimed at small businesses and manufacturers in our backyard to make sure they’re completely familiar with the jobs-generating, inventory expansion, and marketing assistance programs available to them as well as our newly expanded eligibility for these programs.”

Crisco said the state’s Small Business Express program is now available to companies with up to 100 employees with grants to launch new products or expand inventory, and the STEP UP job training program has new payroll incentives for employers to help them cover the costs associated with hiring and training new employees, including post-9/11 veterans.

The conference will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Ansonia Armory, 5 State St. For more information, call Crisco’s office at (860) 240-0189.