You Need to Meet: Nelson Merchan
Where do you work?
I work at the Small Business Development Center. We have offices at the Danbury and Waterbury Chambers of Commerce and office hours at the Danbury Innovation Center, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Newtown Library, and Makery CoWorking in New Milford.
What's your role?
I am a business advisor providing free services in the Greater Danbury/Waterbury region.
How do you serve your customers?
We provide free assistance to small business owners so that they can start and grow their businesses. We help entrepreneurs access loans, provide guidance to the business including marketing and sales planning, and we provide free market research to help develop financial projections.
What's the best business decision you've ever made?
Starting my own business ten years ago and marrying my wife.
What's the mistake you learned the most from?
Procrastination does not pay.
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity you see in the next 3-5 years?
To continue developing communities that are attractive to millennials, families and businesses.
Tell us about a movie or book that inspired you the most and why.
Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson. It reminds me about the importance of preparedness and dealing with change on personal level and with business matters.
What do you love about Connecticut?
I love the small towns, the neighborhood businesses, and the size of the state where most things are relatively close, including NYC, Boston, the beach, airports, community colleges, and universities. I'm also very excited about the growing interest in co-working and entrepreneurship across the state.
The best way to connect with Nelson is to sign up at www.GrowCT.com to request business advising. The SBDC provides free business advising, assisting clients with business assumptions, financial projections, business plan, marketing plan, market research, access to capital, referral to job-creation incentives, web presence and more.