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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff: Your Voice

July 29, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591


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Expanding Connecticut's Innovation Economy

Senator Duff
This year, I joined my Democratic colleagues in passing legislation that will encourage Connecticut's entrepreneurs to start the businesses they have dreamed of, and provide them with the support they need to be successful. This month, a key piece of that legislation has gone into effect, with CTNext taking applications for Connecticut's new "Innovation Places." These Innovation Places will combine entrepreneurship support with physical locations conducive to the creation of startup companies.

innovation places
Communities interested in establishing an Innovation Place are eligible for grants to help them conduct a strategic planning process to identify emerging relevant conditions and to build a master plan that leverages the resources and assets in each community to create new opportunities. Should their plan be approved, the communities can then receive additional grants that will help develop a business incubator, coworking space, expanded technology infrastructure and more.

Applications for planning grants are now being accepted and are open through Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Visit ctnext.com for more information on the program or to apply.

Mark Your Calendars: Tax-Free Week is Coming Next Month

Tax Free
This week, I joined small business owners, members of the Darien Chamber of Commerce and elected officials to promote Connecticut's upcoming tax-free shopping week.

This year, the week runs from Sunday, August 21, through Saturday, August 27. During that time, sales or purchases of clothing or footwear costing less than $100 per item are not subject to Connecticut sales and use taxes.

Each year, Tax-Free Week gives businesses a boost that normally might be slower during the month of August and also gives families a boost when they are planning their back-to-school shopping.

Visit the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services website for more information on which items the state excludes from sales tax during Tax-Free Week.


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