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 2014 – 2015 Schedule

Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT
Small Business Center, S105 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Pre-registration is not necessary. On-site registration begins at 5:50 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 at the Security Desk.

  • February 18, 2015.  Social Media Marketing for Growing a Business. Learn how to get the most out of using social media techniques to grow your business.
  • March 18, 2015. 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 15, 2015. Accounting and Financial Planning. Introduction to managerial accounting and elements of financial planner for business owners.
  • May 20, 2015. Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Planning. Preparing your Business for Disaster Events, co-sponsored with the New Haven Free Public Library, Business Outreach.


Pre-Business Workshops

Workshops are held the second Wednesday of each month at Gateway, 20 Church Street, New Haven, in the Small Business Center, S105 from 8:30 am-12:30pm. No pre-registration is necessary and workshops are free of charge. On-site registration begins at 8:15 am. Free parking is available in the Temple Street Garage. Bring ticket for validation at the Security Desk. Visit or call 203-865-7645 for more information.

Subjects Covered
Business Plan                             
Connecticut Taxes

Date & Sponsor
December 10, 2014—Quinnipiac Bank                
January 14, 2015—SBA                
February 11, 2015—Peoples United Bank        
March 11, 2015 —Connecticut Investment Corporation        
April 8, 2015 —First Niagara
May 13, 2015—TD Bank        
June 10, 2015—Quinnipiac Bank            
July 8, 2015—Elmseed


Business Counseling Offered by SCORE Volunteers

FREE CONSULTATION! You can get confidential help from a SCORE Mentor. Business professionals with knowledge and experience in all aspects of business are available to help you. You can meet with them by appointment only with all your questions about business plans, marketing, finance, and other business concerns.  Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and alternate Saturdays, 9:00 AM to noon at Gateway Community College, Small Business Center, S 105, 20 Church, New Haven, CT 06510. By appointment only, call (203) 865-7645. 

Free parking is available in the Temple Street Garage. Bring ticket for validation. Visit for additional information and scheduling options.