The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter (PRSA CT) announced that Fran Pastore, CEO and founder of the Women’s Business Development Council, is the recipient of the organization’s 2021 Beacon Award for her outstanding efforts for almost 25 years as the voice for women entrepreneurs throughout the state.
Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and First Selectman Rob Brule on Wednesday visited local business owner Ivy Mellow, a recent recipient of an estimated $9,000 grant from the Women's Business Development Center's Equity Match Grant Program.
If you’re a woman whose career has taken a detour in the pandemic, you’re not alone. In fact, experts worry a so-called “Shecession" could set women back years. However, there are things being done to keep that from happening.
Fran Pastore, CEO of WBDC, spoke recently to the Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals about the impact of women-owned businesses.
The Women's Business Development Council of Southeastern Connecticut is awarded the National Women's Business Center of the Year Award 2020 by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its impactful record as a leading SBA Women’s Business Center, championing the economic equity of women.
The Women’s Business Development Council provided Milford area residents an opportunity recently to meet industry experts who offered one-on-one speed counseling and advice.
The Women's Business Development Council recently hosted its fifth annual "Women-Owned Business Day" at the state Capitol, sponsored by The Hartford. The event drew nearly 200 Connecticut women business owners.
Despite progress over the past several years, women business owners in Connecticut sill cite access to capital as the single biggest barrier to opening their own company. The data comes from a new survey sponsored by the Stamford-based Women’s Business Development Council, representing responses from 458 individuals, most of whom are women business owners.
The Women’s Business Development Council released the results of its first State of Women-Owned Business in CT survey. Fran Pastore, CEO of the Stamford-based WBDC, said the survey revealed some shocking numbers on the challenges, past and present, faced by women business owners.
For many Connecticut small-business owners, access to financing is not a concern going into a new year.
Fairfield business owner Melissa Squeo was recently recognized by the Women’s Business Development Council, founded in 1997.
On Wednesday evening, the League of Women Voters of Greenwich held an event at the Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich.
As a young cashier working at a bakery, Alyssa DeMatteo never imagined the day would come where she would own her own business.
Women-owned businesses ceded economic heft in Connecticut in the past year, according to a new study, though the state again saw an increase in the number of companies created or acquired by female entrepreneurs.
Nancy Coffey, CEO of KTT Enterprises, has built one the largest women-owned manufacturing businesses in Connecticut.
Three Norwalk women recently received awards from The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC).
Woodbury business owner Sue Martovich was recently recognized by the Women’s Business Development Council at its 20th Anniversary Luncheon Gala.
Carline Dean, the owner of Lace Affaire, was awarded The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) “20 for 20 Award."
Greenwich Library has recently partnered with a number of women’s business groups to host programming, including the newly launched Woman Owned Greenwich and the longtime Women's Business Development Council.
“The lending environment has changed dramatically, especially for small businesses,” reports Fran Pastore, president of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) in Stamford.
With more than 650 people at a Friday event in Greenwich, the Women’s Business Development Council marked its 20th anniversary under CEO Fran Pastore.
Women's Business Development Council Chief Executive Officer, Fran Pastore, spoke during a council event kicking-off its Greenwich pilot program at Greenwich Library.
For the rest of the year, the Women’s Business Development Council will run a pilot program in Greenwich.
"I think that women's economic equity is the last piece of unfinished business for women in our country," Pastore said.
Twenty years ago, Fran Pastore saw a need — and an opportunity.
As with so many Connecticut businesspeople these days, Fran Pastore is holding her breath waiting for a state budget to be finalized.