State leaders and lawmakers are working together to continue making our state a place for women in business.

State data shows Connecticut’s women-owned businesses have grown by 56% in the last two decades. Together, these businesses contribute more than $16 billion each year to the state’s economy.

“We know that women sometimes want to take hobby and turn that into a business, and one of their first steps should be to reach out the SBA,” said Katherine Marx, district director of the Small Business Administration. Marx says there are many free resources available to women looking to launch a new business.

Co-owner Amy Kenkel found success opening ‘Leaps and Bones,’ a bakery specifically for pets.

“We do everything from cannoli’s to birthday cakes to ice cream cakes. We’ve even done gender reveal cakes… Women-owned businesses are an important part of our economy, and women need to be here in support of other women-owned business. The more support we can show, the larger we can grow the community,” said Kenkel.


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