Fran Pastore, chief executive officer of the Women’s Business Development Council, remembers depositing a $60 check for the organization’s first-ever banking account when it was just starting out 25 years ago at the JP Morgan Chase branch in Stamford.

Now, the nonprofit, dedicated to helping women build their Connecticut businesses, just received a $300,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase to support its Equity Match Grant (EMG) Program, which has awarded nearly $925,000 to small businesses throughout the state since December 2020.

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