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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.

Women’s Business Development Council of Conn. formally launches microloan program

Applications for WBDC loans of $2,500-50,000 are being accepted now on a rolling basis.

Connecticut business leaders hope for the best from Trump administration

“Is it a cause for hope, concern, or seeing opportunities? Probably all three,” said Joe McGee of The Business Council of Fairfield County.

Women’s Business Development Council honors women in business

The WBDC represents some 18,000 clients, who pay over $3.5 million in taxes each year.

WBDC is now a microlender: Breakfast announcement greeted with a six-figure...

The Stamford-based Women’s Business Development Council — with additional offices in Shelton, Danbury, Hartford and Waterbury — is now a microlender.

WBDC is now a microlender

Fran Pastore, WBDC founder, president and CEO, made the announcement at the WBDC’s 14th annual Business Breakfast today at the Stamford Hilton.