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Dear Friend,


Women-owned businesses are growing at a rate four times as fast as their male counterparts, making critical gains in revenue production and job creation. 


Without access to the Women’s Business Development Council’s (WBDC) entrepreneurial and financial education programs, women will still face uphill battles launching and growing sustainable businesses. 


WBDC is your opportunity to invest in these women, share in their successes, and contribute to the health of communities across Connecticut.


In the past year, WBDC’s clients created or expanded 377 businesses, sustained and added 818 jobs, and generated over $51 million in gross revenue.  Yet, these women still face barriers to capital.


WBDC addressed this inequity by becoming a microlender.  Our new program, WBDC Capital, provides women-owned businesses with the commercial loans and technical assistance they need to succeed.


Give Connecticut a competitive edge by helping to provide the training, education and borrowing power necessary to mitigate the risks and challenges associated with launching and growing a small business. 


Your tax-deductible contribution to WBDC will help create sustainable women-owned businesses that will stimulate Connecticut’s economy by creating jobs and taxpayers throughout our state. 


Join WBDC today by investing in the advancement and economic prosperity of women. 



Fran Pastore                                         

President & CEO                                  


   P.S. It is time to invest in women business owners, the engine to drive Connecticut’s economy forward.   


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WBDC - Serving Connecticut
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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