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Signature Program 

Taste of Success: How to Start and Grow a Food Business


Meet experts and hear about business successes that can help open doors for

you to open a food establishment or get your product into the marketplace.


GPS - a Guide to Plan for Success

Gain a comprehensive understanding of business-building fundamentals.


Access to Capital

CT Small Business: Express Grant and Loan Program

Learn about unique grant and loan opportunities to hire and expand your small business.


Business Growth: Access to Capital Counseling

Leverage extraordinary access to a comprehensive financial resource.


Business Essentials  

Business Counseling

See the big picture first. Then, focus on the areas of your business that need attention.


CT NEXT Funding Opportunties 

Looking for funding, support or coworking space? Meet with a representative from CTNext who will help you access the support you need to accelerate and grow your business.  

Business Plan Bootcamp

Come join us for a hands-on workshop designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the basics of getting your business going.


Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Set, Go! SBA Program

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. 

Walk-In Days

Meet one-on-one with a WBDC counselor to determine which WBDC programs and services can help you achieve your business and personal financial goals.



ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people. 


Licensing and Registration in CT: Ensuring You're Properly Covered

Master the ins and outs of Connecticut’s regulatory process for business.


Building Your Business with the State of CT

Consider opening new doors by doing business with the State of CT. Learn how to leverage this valuable alliance, become eligible and expand your markets.


Asesoria de Negocios en Espanol

Vea primero el cuadro grande. Luego, centrece en las áreas de su negocio que necesitan atención.


Online Learning

Explore our online catalog to find the program that’s right for you!


Accounting & Finance

Bring a whole new level of accounting proficiency to your business by learning the keys to QuickBooks quickly and effectively.


Sales & Marketing

Marketing Counseling

Join the Women's Business Development Council's marketing expert for a preliminary discussion and evaluation of your business and your marketing challenges.



Legal Counseling

Join the Women's Busines Development Council's legal expert for sound legal advice that is essential to your business success.  


Financial Education

Financial Coaching

Acquire the financial management skills you need to create a budget plan that meets goals for today and tomorrow.


How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

In this class, we will explore ways to create a dialogue with our kids about money and teach them valuable lessons along the way. 

How to Budget on a Contractor Salary

Many people find entrepreneurship to be incredible rewarding, but the inconsistent pay can cause a big budgeting challenge for many people, especially as they start out. We will learn tips to create a successful personal budget, even when you don’t always earn the same amount each month.


How Not to Go Broke Over the Holidays

Join us for a discussion about how we can avoid some of the financial pitfalls of the holidays and avoid starting the New Year with new debt.


Personal Financial Counseling

Meet with a Women's Business Development Council counselor who can help address a variety of your financial concerns.



WBDC Policy for reduced fees, or discounts

A sliding fee scale is offered to individuals who do not have the ability to pay the full cost of services.  Discounts are based upon family/household size and annual income. If you are interested in applying, please ask a member of WBDC’s program team for a  reduced fee scholarship application.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NO REFUNDS. WBDC reserves the right to cancel any program

WBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) & The Office of Financial Assistance. The OWBO is established to help women become full partners in economic development through small business ownership. SBA’s cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any opinions, products and/or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at east two weeks in advance. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.




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Made possible through grants from the U.S. SBA / Office of Women's Business Ownership,
Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate and Private Contributors.

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