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Information Sessions


Information Sessions provide an opportunity to discover WBDC's resources for business, personal finance, and professional development.  It's here you will learn how to acquire the tools you need to prepare for your future.

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Walk-in Days

Meet one-on-one with a WBDC counselor. Learn how WBDC programs and services can help you achieve your business, personal finance and professional development goals. Just walk in!

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Exploring Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business requires more than just a good idea. This seminar will provide aspiring business owners with insight into what they need to get started.


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Mobile Business Advisory Team


Come meet with our expert business advisors in your town or a town near you!  

Whether starting a business or taking your business to the next level - come in for a free one-on-one, comprehensive and confidential meeting. With a focus on business strategies for growth; financing options and loan packaging assistance; marketing analysis, social media and internet marketing - WBDC business advisors will be on-site at the following locations.

No Appointment necessary, just walk in!

A WBDC QuickBooks advisor is now available to come to your place of business for a free QuickBooks Counseling session -


Contact Kyle Hamilton at: or 203-585-7465203-585-7465 for an appointment.


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Passion to Profit: WBDC's business plan development program 

Over the course of nine weeks, WBDC’s business plan development program helps you develop a unique business plan and move from concept to new levels of growth.  In a dynamic peer support environment, qualified business faculty provides aspiring or emerging business owners with resources, insight, motivation and guidance. You will be introduced to an interactive web tool that provides a step-by-step process that makes it easy to get your plan completed quickly with professional results. 


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Business Counseling


Facing a specific business challenge? Do you have questions about your business that you need a professional to answer? Meet with a WBDC business counselor to discuss obtaining capital, marketing, legal issues, finance, a business plan and other topics.

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Business Sustainability/Access to Capital Assistance
Do you need help developing your business, or funding it to expand and grow? WBDC's “Business Sustainability and Access to Capital” counselors can individually assist and guide clients in key areas to grow their businesses. WBDC Counseling Services include fine-tuning a business plan; profitability and forecasting your cash flow; financial statement review, financial negotiation coaching, sales management training, and much more.
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Money Smart - Business Finance
Certified by the FDIC/SBA this workshop will provide basic techniques for improving your business finances. This quarter’s topic is Fundamentals of Banking for Your Small Business.
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Finding the Right Mix: Integrated Marketing for Your Small Business
Marketing a small business can be challenging, especially in rough economic times. Many companies have been successful by finding the right strategic mix to reach their audience and achieve their goals. These strategies may include social media, online marketing and traditional marketing and even direct mail.


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Get Started on YOUR Business Plan: WBDC's Launch Pad Plan
A business plan can be a daunting undertaking. There are many aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with great ideas, but they are afflicted with business plan paralysis. If you want to learn how to take a great idea and begin to explore if it has the potential to be a great business, WBDC’s Launch Pad business plan is the perfect first step. Launch Pad can help you move from the “working on” stage to actual development.


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Contractor, Consultant or Employee: What's the Difference
Whether you are self-employed, considering self-employment as an independent contractor, or are using or considering hiring independent contractors to expand your business, this two-session workshop will provide the information regarding the obligations and requirements that you need to know.                


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Personal Finances
WBDC delivers workshops and one-on-one coaching to help individuals gain and develop a personal household budget, increase savings, improve credit and set goals for their future.


Financial Clinic
Located at the WBDC headquarters in Stamford, the Financial Clinic provides a holistic approach to achieving economic security, business sustainability and growth for Connecticut residents and businesses.


Personal Financial Walk-in Days

Meet with a WBDC counselor who will help you address a variety of financial issues, such as: your credit score and report, home buying, developing a personal budget and much more.

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WBDC's Budget Coaching Program will empower you to acquire the personal financial management skills you need to create a budget plan that supports your needs and goals for today and your future.

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Advanced Financial Coaching – an extended coaching program where clients who are experiencing financial crisis, (i.e. large debt, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.) can work with a financial coach for a minimum of 6 months.



Call 203-353-1750203-353-1750 with your questions about WBDC's personal financial education programs and services.


One-on-One Internet Training

Internet Training is for those who wish to improve their internet skills to be more competitive in the workplace. Work one-on-one with a WBDC counselor to learn basic online etiquette, how to establish a free email account, send and receive email messages, set up an address book, and send attachments.
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Focus Coaching
Meet with a professional career coach who will help you discover your true potential, define goals and create a practical action plan. Coaching can help produce extraordinary results – it accelerates progress by providing greater focus and awareness of your choices, encourages self-discovery and offers an outside perspective as well as objective feedback.



Career and Professional Development Counseling provides guidance and insight on resume updating, interviewing and networking techniques and the use of technology throughout the job search process. 




Contact a Program Specialist at 203-353-1750203-353-1750 with your questions about WBDC’s Professional and Career Development Services.




WBDC Radio Show: Connect-Grow-Influence Women with Impact



WBDC has launched its own monthly radio show, “Women with Impact,” hosted by WBDC’s CEO Fran Pastore. Every month Fran invites key local and national women to discuss an array of critical issues affecting women in business. The show is part of the WPKN Community Hour and is aired the first Tuesday of every month. Tune in to hear Fran on WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

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The WBDC Scholarship Fund assures enrollment to eligible applicants regardless of ability to pay by providing fee reductions or full scholarships to low-income clients. Fees for programs and services are determined by a sliding scale based on yearly income. Speak to your WBDC Business/Career Specialist for a confidential 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 least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.



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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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