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CTLN Opinion+: Commissioner Glendowlyn Thames, Department of Economic and Community Development

Talking Latino business and how to make it sustainable

Description of the video

Glendowlyn Thames is the deputy commissioner of economic and community development where she serves as the CFO and COO. The commissioner talks to us about economic recovery plans for small businesses and how Latinos in highly populated areas can join in entrepreneurship endeavors with the help of public/private agencies. 

Resources mentioned in the interview

  • The one stop shop, as of three weeks ago Gov Lamont and the department of the economic and community development put together a website with the necessary tools to start a business, recover a business and grow a business.

  • Connecticut has several state and federal programs and initiatives available to assist businesses  in the recovery from the economic fallout from the pandemic. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at  or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333.
    • For the guide of available resources for small businesses and to reopen your small business visit

  • CTNext, a public.private agency of entrepreneurs, mentors, and service providers helping Connecticut startup businesses to succeed and grow. 
    • Innovation Places weaves together entrepreneurship support and relationship-building with physical planning and development focused in higher dense cities. 

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