We're Here for You


Through outreach and expansion of new developments along with the retention of existing businesses, The Office of Community & Economic Development is dedicated to maintaining a thriving business community in the town of Fairfield. Our door is always open to your inquiries, comments or suggestions. 
 

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MARK S. BARNHART

Director
611 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3120

General Information
We’re the best place to start for all things Fairfield business. We'll show you around, help you get acclimated to the community and serve as an ongoing resource. 

Property Availability
We provide a free listing of available commercial, industrial and retail property for sale and/or lease.

Business Advocacy & Support
We’ll put you in contact with the right department and help you navigate the permitting and regulatory processes including applications to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Conservation Commission as well as other relevant boards/commissions.     

 

Ambassador Program

A hand-picked team of local business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals, Ambassadors are on-hand to help you transition seamlessly into the Fairfield business community and lend support as needed. Whether you’re a start-up, a new arrival or an existing business looking to grow, we can help you quickly plug-in to the many business or university resources available and we'll serve as a liaison to the Department of Economic Development. We are here to foster your success.  

Quick Response Team

Led by The Director of the Department of Economic Development, Fairfield’s Quick Response Team consists of department leaders from throughout the town. We understand that time is money and the Economic Development Director will enlist the Quick Response Team to answer pressing questions and address key concerns quickly.

 Office of Community and Economic Development: Director

Mark Barnhart
Office of Community and Economic Development: Director

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Tom Conley
Building Department: Chief Building Official

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Bill Hurley
Engineering Department: Engineering Manager

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Dennis McCarthy
Fire Department: Fire Chief

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Joe Michelangelo
Public Works Department: Director

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Jim Wendt
Planning and Zoning Department: Planning Director

Sources of Capital and Business Assistance

Trying to determine where to start your search for capital or business assistance? Tell us about your business needs and we'll refer you to one of the following resources: 

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSDC)
Full-time, paid business advisors provide no-cost advice and services to new and existing business owners:
http://ctsbdc.com

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
The state’s lead agency responsible for economic development:    
http://www.ct.gov/ecd

Community Investment Corporation
An economic development lender contributing financial expertise and practical guidance to small business entrepreneurs:  
http://www.ciclending.com/

Connecticut Innovations
Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies:
http://ctinnovations.com/

Small Business Express Program
Provides loans and grants to Connecticut’s small business to spur job creation and growth:
http://www.ct.gov/ecd/

Microenterprise Assistance
Grants for start-up capital, training and technical support for new or small businesses with 5 employees or less (restrictions/income guidelines apply): http://www.fairfieldct.org/

Networking & Information Services

New and existing businesses can learn more about recruiting, local services and growth opportunities in Fairfield by contacting the following organizations: 

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Works closely with business leaders and town officials and provides venues for introductions, events for networking and opportunities for businesses to work together:  
http://fairfieldctchamber.com/

Women’s Business Development Council
Dedicated to providing tools and resources to help women in business thrive:
https://ctwbdc.org/