State economic development commissioner coming to Shelton

A seminar on state programs to assist small business people will take place in Shelton on Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office, 10 Progress Drive, second floor.

Catherine H. Smith, state economic and community development commissioner, will give a brief overview of Connecticut’s small business assistance programs such as the Small Business Express (EXP), Subsidized Training and Employment (Step Up), and Job Expansion Tax Credit (JET) programs.

Immediately following her presentation, state economic development staff will be available to meet with individual small businesses to discuss the opportunities available to them.

Helped hundreds of small businesses

"We have some of the best tools to help small businesses in the country, and in the past two years, we have helped hundreds and hundreds of small business people achieve their goals," Smith said.

"Connecticut has experienced the best two-year record of job growth since the late 1990s, with tens of thousands of private sector jobs created," Smith said.

“We're looking to continue that trend,” she continued, “so we're coming out to the Valley to make it a little easier for local business people to learn about our programs, and meet some of our economic development staff."

Register to attend the presentation

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and Connecticut Business and Industry Association are co-sponsoring the event.

To register, email your first and last name, phone number, company name and address, to For more event information call 860-270-8052.

Learn more about state economic development assistance programs at

About Commissioner Smith

Catherine Smith worked in the insurance and financial services industry before being named to lead the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including investment officer and chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services.

She then was chief operating officer for ING’s U.S. Financial Services division, CEO of ING’s U.S. Insurance businesses, and CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Smith received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University.