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Women’s Business Development Council touts accomplishments during pandemic

This month, the Women's Business Development Council will award nearly $400,000 in grants to 44 businesses, 32% of which are minority-owned.

WBDC announces $400K in grants being awarded to 44 women-owned businesses...

Roughly 32% of the recipients are minorities.

Fran Pastore: When women-owned businesses thrive, there is no ceiling

WBDC is making the necessary space to create a consolidated, powerful voice for women business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Connecticut.

WBDC equity match grant program tops $1M; State-assisted effort taking applications...

According to the DECD, over 90% of the businesses registered in the state are small businesses; they employ over 50% of Connecticut’s workforce.

The Great She-cession: Female job-holders hit harder by pandemic than male...

When the economic effects of the pandemic were first seen by the state’s Department of Labor -- during the week of March 15 – 50,109 females filed for unemployment, compared with 28,464 males.

Where’s the money? SBA loan mishaps have small businesses teetering on...

The president of one Stamford company said she’d been sparring with Chase – her bank of choice for over 25 years – over her firm’s PPP loan practically since the program was announced. “They’re probably the poster child for incompetency," she said.

Gov. Lamont announces members of Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group

The panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT will consult with the governor's administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system.

COVID-19 LATEST: State passes 1,000 deaths; DECD small business loans could...

Connecticut marked another grim COVID-19 milestone today, adding another 65 deaths to bring the total to 1,036. Fairfield County recorded 19 fatalities to bring...

Suite Talk: Fran Pastore, President and CEO of the Women’s Business...

"Women represent a mere five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs," said Pastore.

Elections over, business leaders express optimism about climate ahead

Ned Lamont "understands the need for economic growth, and the huge burden he’s facing,” says Joseph Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. “He’s going to need help.”

Women’s Blueprint: Businesswomen advised to merge cooperation with competition

“There is nothing sadder for me than walking into a company and seeing women not being kind to other women, not helping them, not mentoring them,” said Helen Rothberg, professor of strategy at Marist College and who also operates the consulting firm HNR Associates.

WBDC survey: Access to capital still #1 concern for women business...

Women business owners claim access to capital (25 percent), lack of start-up knowledge (20 percent) and the need to gain credibility (18 percent) as the three biggest challenges they faced when launching their own business.

Fran Pastore: Five things women entrepreneurs must consider before launching a...

While the opportunities and the rewards of being an entrepreneur are limitless, the stakes of launching any new business, whether it be male- or female-owned, are high.

Credit’s out there for small businesses, experts and owners say

“Anecdotally, I still hear complaints from small businesses that they still have trouble accessing capital,” said CBIA President Joe Brennan.

WBDC at 20: Fighting for economic equality in tough times

While waiting for a resolution to the state budget impasse, President/CEO Fran Pastore remains confident that the group – and women entrepreneurs and business owners – will continue to make progress.