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Signature Program

GPS - a Guide to Plan for Success

Gain a comprehensive understanding of business-building fundamentals.


Business Essentials  

Business Counseling

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


Online Learning

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


Stand Out from the Crowd with Personal Branding

Personal branding defines you to the community and allows you to be perceived as the go-to expert.


Lunch and Learn with Thomson Reuters - Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know

Learn the basics of intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and potential pitfalls.


Lunch and Learn with Thomson Reuters - Business Insurance 101

Having the right insurance can be the difference between surviving a calamity and losing everything. Learn how to choose the right coverage for your business.

Start Smart: Jump Starting Your Business Plan

Turn your ideas into realities with a well-architected, solid business plan. 

Top Tips for Managing Employees

Join WBDC to discuss the top HR  tips and solutions to some of the most common challenges. 


Accounting & Finance

QuickBooks ProAdvisor: Implementing Accounting Software

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 WBDC’s marketing expert for a preliminary discussion and evaluation of your business and your marketing challenges.


Financial Education

Budget Coaching: One-on-One

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


Budget Building Workshop

Whether or not you have a Budget Coach, the beginning phases of building a basic household budget are essential to getting started. 

Personal Financial Counseling

Meet with a WBDC counselor who can help address a variety of your financial concerns.


Access to Capital

WBDC Capital Loan Fund

WBDC provides loans up to $100,000 that help to start or grow a business.


Business Growth: Access to Capital Counseling

Leverage extraordinary access to a comprehensive financial resource.



CT Small Business Express: Grant and Loan Program 

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


Finding Funding for Your Business

Learn how to take the appropriate steps for obtaining business capital.







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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