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Stamford Officials Unveil Small Business Website To Help Cut Red Tape

Stamford Mayor David Martin, right, and Economic Development Director Thomas Madden
Stamford Mayor David Martin, right, and Economic Development Director Thomas Madden Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Stephen Strosser, 21, left, of Danbury, and Timothy Bott, 18, of Stamford, are two of the summer interns who helped design a small business website for the City of Stamford.
Stephen Strosser, 21, left, of Danbury, and Timothy Bott, 18, of Stamford, are two of the summer interns who helped design a small business website for the City of Stamford. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Small businesses should have an easier time dealing with municipal government after the creation of a new City of Stamford business portal, Mayor David Martin said Monday.

The website, which can be found at Stamfordbusinessportal.org , was created to eliminate red tape and streamline the process of planning and starting a small business, said Martin. The city may not have been as aggressive in the past in aiding the small business sector, he said. The website includes links for permitting and licensing, starting your business and business incentives.

"My impression has been for a long time that the City of Stamford was not doing what it could do to make it a little bit easier to start a business and maintain a business," Martin said. "There are a number of services and licenses and things that you have to come to through the City of Stamford. We had not made that citizen friendly. We had not made that small business friendly.”

Martin said the city is home to many large companies and believes smaller companies may have been overlooked in the past as the city focused its attention on luring in and retaining large companies.

Director of Economic Development Thomas Madden said the site will be mobile friendly. "The site itself is very easy to navigate. We took a premise of trying to get to three clicks of everything," he said.

The website was designed and created by six interns - jokingly dubbed "Madden's Army" - during the summer, including four from the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. Two of the interns Stephen Strosser, 21, of Danbury and Timothy Bott, 18, of Stamford attended the press conference.

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