Hartford Mayor Arunan Arulampalam's vision is to build a fast-growing economy in Hartford.
“We want to make Hartford the best place to do business, the best city in all of Connecticut,” Arulampalam said.
On Tuesday, Arulampalam announced the creation of Hartford Business One Stop. Hartford Business One Stop is an office that helps current and prospective business owners navigate all the steps, paperwork and permits involved in opening a store.
“If you have an existing business in the city and you have a problem with City Hall and you don't know which department or who to go to, there's one number to call. One place to go. ,” Arurampalam said.
Don Chapman has been appointed director to lead the office. Previously he worked for the City for 18 years and has experience in planning and housing development.
“It's really important for the city to go to the next level,” said Don Chapman, director of Hartford Business One Stop.
Chapman and his team will work with the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, which will report their findings directly to the mayor's office.
“The people in this room give their heart and soul to both their business and their community,” Chapman said.
Kirkland Brown, owner of Blue Hills Cafe, was one of several entrepreneurs in attendance Tuesday.
“I wish I had that [Hartford Business One Stop] “Because my building was completed a long time ago and I think I can open it now,” Brown said.
Management hopes the new office will streamline the opening process.
“As investors, when we go there to apply for a permit, it takes months and months and back and forth and back and forth for the permit to be approved, so our one-stop shop is It's great. Investors. I think it's great,” said property owner Damian Levy.
The mayor's office plans to share details about the phone number with the Hartford Business One Stop team next month.