It was a treasure trove of resources for small business owners at an event held Tuesday morning in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall.
Small Business Day in Norwalk, which drew about 100 people, featured speakers, talks by representatives of organizations that assist small businesses and an expo that included groups such as Women's Business Development Council, Small Business Administration, SCORE, CT Small Business Development Center, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.
"Small businesses make up the largest portion of the economy in the community -- and state and nation. Small business is important because they eventually grow and become an even bigger part of the economy," said Elizabeth Stocker, Norwalk's director of economic development.
Stocker said she hopes the city is able to hold similar events in the future. She added that the city's website will soon include links to resources available to small businesses.
"These organizations, through my office, will be available so I can make referrals," Stocker said. "I won't necessarily go over their business plan with them, but I know who will."