NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Small business owners are used to doing some pretty heavy lifting. A state-funded grant program aims to lighten the load for women business owners.
Gina Facchini, who owns Norwich Fitness Center, expanded her 5,000 square foot gym to a 40,000 square foot space after receiving an Equity Match Grant through the Women’s Business Development Council. She’s wanted to own a sports complex ever since she was a kid.
“I was in foster care when I was young, and if it wasn’t for playing softball and basketball when I was little, I don’t know where I would be today,” Facchini.
Michelle Blais used grant money to develop a new revenue stream for her MB Graphic Design company. She built an online course to teach other businesses how to create website content.