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A MESSAGE FROM FRAN PASTORE, WBDC CEO 

In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and in support of the protests throughout the world, WBDC is committed to adding its voice to the dismantling of the centuries of racism so deeply rooted in the social construct of our country. As an educational organization founded on the principle of economic equity for all women we believe that the time is now to galvanize with our sisters of color and seize this moment to support them whenever and wherever we can within the mission of WBDC. Women naturally possess moral clarity, the instinct for inclusiveness, and the desire to make the world a better place than we found it. That said, I am proud of the thoughtful and intentional programming that the WBDC team has planned to emphasize our commitment to the black women in our community. I hope you will join us by participating in the upcoming programs and events and by following WBDC on social media where we are sharing resources and inspirational messaging highlighting black women and ways to support black-owned businesses.

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Women’s Business Development Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help women thrive in business. We believe that when desire, education, and preparation come together, opportunities are created, ideas are ignited, and economies are expanded.

Over the past twenty years
 

we have helped more than 18,000 women across 169 Connecticut towns become better business people.

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