Looking to learn how to cultivate small businesses statewide, U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy stepped into a New Haven company that’s a greenhouse of budding new ventures and two other companies that keep adding workers—with no government help.

The Grove, a co-working venue and entrepreneur incubator on Orange Street, was one of three downtown New Haven businesses that hosted visits by U.S. Senate hopeful Murphy on Friday afternoon.  Murphy—who’s running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated this year by Joe Lieberman—also popped in on New Haven’s new-media celebrity success, SeeClickFix, and a marketing company called Response. (Murphy faces Susan Bysiewicz and William Tong in the primary; Linda McMahon, Chris Shays, and Brian K. Hill are seeking the GOP nod.)

The question Murphy posed to all three downtown New Haven companies Friday: Can government help?

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