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GENERAL PROGRAMS

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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ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING

 

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: khamilton@ctwbdc.org or 203-585-7465 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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Money Smart - Business Finance

Financial Management For Small Business

Certified by the FDIC/SBA this workshop will provide basic techniques for improving your business finances. This quarter’s topics will be Record Keeping and Insurance for Small Business.

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How to Start a Food Business: A 4-Part Series
Do you have a great idea for a food product? Have you ever considered the possibility of opening a restaurant, bakery or food service establishment? Launching a food business can be the most challenging of all businesses.

 

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Winning and Engaging Customers in the Digital World: The Changing Consumer Shopping Experience

 

Today customers are savvier, more price sensitive, less brand loyal and increasingly demanding.  Understand the trends that are driving the shopping experience and gain a customer focused perspective on buying habits and the tools to assist you to take advantage of these changes. 


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Access to Capital: Small Business Loan Options

Join WBDC and our panel of commercial bankers and non-bank lenders to learn about opportunities for attaining the funds you need for your business. 

 

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Make your Business Shine: Taking Center Stage with the Right Social Media Platform

Choosing the right social media outlet to promote your business is key to growing your target market and business sales.  Gain insight into how to choose the right platform—do you need a Twitter account or a Facebook page? 

 

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Get Started on YOUR Business Plan: WBDC's Launch Pad Plan
A Business plan can be a daunting undertaking. 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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Starting Up A Family Daycare Business: A 3-Part Series

With proper planning, a home childcare business can deliver a stable and profitable income. This three-day program will explore what is necessary to do just that.

 

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Legal Basics for Business

From start-up to ramp-up, as a small business owner, you are destined to face a myriad of legal issues throughout the life of your business.   Learn about critical legal issues affecting every small business including: entity structure, avoiding personal liability, the employee/independent contractor distinction, intellectual property, contracts, accepting “angel” investment, and more.  Learn how to mitigate risks to avoid costly mistakes.

 

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Licensing and Registration in Connecticut: Counseling and Workshop

Every business in Connecticut needs to register and some may require one or more licenses. Learn what you need to know to navigate Connecticut’s regulatory process.

 

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Discover the Benefits of Becoming State Certified

Learn how to expand to new markets by becoming certified to do business with the State of Connecticut. It is easy and can be done online. We will walk you through the application process and help you open new doors for your business.

 

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Essential Skill: Writing to Sell

Email. Proposals. Letters. Mail blasts. Presentations. Postcards. Newsletters. Websites. Try selling anything in today’s world without them…it simply can’t be done!  These are the tools the small business owner relies on to open doors, forge connections, build relationships, fuel sales, develop new business, stay in touch, request information... in short, to make things happen.

 

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Business Financial Walk-in Days

 

Meet one-on-one with a WBDC Financial Counselor who will assist you with a variety of business financial issues such as understanding cash flow, developing a budget, financial forecasting and seeking capital.

 

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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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FINANCIAL EDUCATION

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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Money Smart - Personal Finance

Certified by the FDIC/SBA this workshop will provide basic techniques for improving your personal finances.  This quarter’s topics will include Bank on It and Borrowing Basics.

 

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Things Your Parents Never Taught You: Planning for Retirement

No pension? No retirement savings? No solid plan for how you will fund the latter part of your life?  Is the thought of calculating and saving enough money for retirement too daunting to consider?

 

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Jump Start Your Job Search: Stand Out to Employers

This introductory and interactive workshop will guide you through the steps needed to obtain a great job; from resume creation and application submission to acing an interview.

 

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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 203-353-1750 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 203-353-1750 with your questions about WBDC’s Professional and Career Development Services.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS


Women Owned Business Day at the Capitol

 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to come together with business owners to celebrate the progress small businesses in Connecticut have made and have a conversation about what lies ahead!

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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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WBDC SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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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