Women's Business Development Council

aka Women's Business Development Council   |   Stamford, CT   |  www.ctwbdc.org

Mission

The mission of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. Primarily engaged in microenterprise development, WBDC offers programs in business management and financial education. Microenterprise is a holistic approach to business development that embraces poverty alleviation, human development and economic development strategies.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Fran Pastore

Main address

184 Bedford Street, Suite 201

Stamford, CT 06901 USA

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Formerly known as

Women's Business Development Center

EIN

06-1493737

NTEE code info

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

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Entrepreneurial Workshops

Small Business Seminars address specific and tactical business practices, such as financial management, marketing and communications, and legal business issues. Seminar topics are developed in response to client feedback and proactively in anticipation of trends. Examples from previous years include: QuickBooks, Public Speaking, Website Development, and Intellectual Property. Course offerings reflect the changing needs of WBDC clients and the business and marketing landscape. Seminars are conducted in the classroom and via Webinars and Teleclasses. Other short-term and midrange programs include Internet Training, which teaches the basics of online techniques and business etiquette and the Hands on Marketing Programs, whichallow participants to come away with a clear direction and a manageable plan for implementing marketing initiatives.

Population(s) Served

Business coaching assists business owners achieve their goals with practical guidance.

Population(s) Served

Passion to Profit: WBDC's Business Development Program is the latest addition to WBDC's comprehensive suite of entrepreneurial training programs. With a responsive, progressive new curriculum (replacing FastTrac New Venture as of winter session, 2014) this 9-week program helps clients 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. Clients utilize an interactive web tool that provides a step-by-step process making it easy to get a business plan completed quickly and with professional results. The course runs nine weeks with an additional personal business counseling session offered at completion. This program, which offers new and aspiring entrepreneurs a way to formalize and test their plans, helps participants find data sources, research markets, prepare a business plan, and ultimately determine if their business approach is viable.

Population(s) Served

Access to Capital assists women business owners in assembling loan packages and business plans; provides one-on-one financial consulting to business owners; and assists business owners in the preparation of financial projections they need to present to bank and non bank lenders in order to secure funding. The program helps fledgling and established small businesses access the capital they need in order to grow.

Population(s) Served

Financial coaching assists clients to achieve personal financial stability.

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Women's Business Development Council

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Rodney

Connecticut Community Bank

Term: 2014 - 2016

Patti Clements

The CMO Network, LLC

Jim Thompson

Temple University

Robin Frederick

Shipman & Goodwin

Robin Imbrogno

Caroline Calder

UBS Financial Services

Judith Giangoia

Wells Fargo

Basam Nabulsi

Margaret Sheahan

Mitchell & Sheahan

Brenda Thickett

The Boston Consulting Group

Sandra Bell

General Reinsurance

Angela Conklin

Melissa & Doug

Moira Collins

Gillian Doucette

Kerri Holloway

Susie Robinson

Valerie Senew

Caroline Simmons

Kimberly Wiehl