Business Development Services

Companies that are moving to or expanding in the Hartford Region rely on the MetroHartford Alliance’s assistance to find the ideal location and plan the next steps for growth. We help you obtain the information you need to choose a particular municipality or site, and we can arrange location tours at your convenience. Our services include:

• Site location assistance
• Market research
• Demographic and market data
• Economic development programs & incentives
• Business advocacy
• Liaison between business & government
• Growth advisory services
• International Business Center

NEW: Business Advisory Services

One of the Alliance's key initiatives for 2016-2019 as laid out in our Strategic Plan is to enhance second-stage companies' success in order to drive employment growth. As part of this work, the Alliance has partnered with CTNext, a program of Connecticut Innovations, to offer free growth advisory services to eligible companies in our Region. By bringing companies with high growth potential to scale, we believe we can increase employment and strengthen economic stability in the Hartford Region.

If your company is located in the Hartford Labor Market Area, has high growth potential, brings in $500,000 to $50 million in annual revenue and employs between five and 100 employees, it may be a prime candidate for growth advisory services. Lalitha Shivaswamy, Founder and President of Helios Management Corporation, will be providing the services, which include advice on strategy, operations, marketing, capital structure and organizational development. 

The growth advisory program does not include tax, audit, accounting or legal services; it is not a provider of funds; and it will not act as a broker-dealer/agent. 

The first 12 months of this program are funded by a generous grant from CTNext.

To learn more about this service, please contact Lalitha at (860) 217-0198 or

Click here to download a flyer about the Alliance's Business Advisory Service.

International Business Center

The MetroHartford Alliance’s International Business Center supports foreign-owned businesses that capitalize on the Hartford Region’s central location for distributors and suppliers, its educated workforce, and outstanding quality of life.

  • Provides office space while you research expansion sites
  • Assists with setting up your U.S.-based business
  • Helps with family relocation to Connecticut

Networking opportunities, seminars, trades missions and business visitations enable members to participate in internationally-focused projects that enrich business opportunities for everyone in the Hartford Region.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Nolan, EDP, Vice President, Business Development, at 860.728.2280 or