For Immediate Release
May 9, 2012
Contact: Debra O'Keefe
Women's Business Development Council Celebrates 15 Years
In the past year the number of women-owned firms has grown by 200,000 which is just under 550 new women-owned firms per day. With that kind of growth it's no surprise that the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) of Connecticut is celebrating their 15th year of serving Women Owned Businesses. In 2011 WBDC assisted in the creation of nearly 120 new businesses and has helped more than 140 existing businesses. In an economic time where jobs can be scarce current operations at WBDC have resulted in the creation of more than 240 new jobs in Connecticut.
The organization started out in a small office on Main Street in Stamford and in 1997 relocated to the Stamford Government Center. Today the Stamford office is located at 184 Bedford Street with other offices and training sites located throughout New Haven and Fairfield County.
As of 2011 there were 97,000 women owned firms in the state of Connecticut. This is a 35% increase since 1997. With the growth in women owned firms in the state and a continued difficult economy for women and men WBDC is a vital resource and their services continue to be in demand. Women owned business and Connecticut's small businesses are a key to the state's well being. They continue to account for a significant amount of the state's economic production and hiring. For 15 years WBDC has recognized this significance and encouraged the growth in economic stature for women in business and small businesses throughout the state. Their dedication to their clients and the need for their services can be reflected in the consistent 20% growth of their client base since 2008.
The continued success of WBDC ultimately means more people starting and expanding their own business ventures and stimulating the economy of Connecticut. With the consistent and powerful presence of small businesses and women owned business WBDC will continue to grow and serve Connecticut.
The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 15 years.
For more information please visit www.ctwbdc.org or call 203-353-1750.
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