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Philip Morris International announced the launch of an extended partnership via its U.S. business to support female empowerment with a $5 million investment in the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing tools and resources to help women entrepreneurs thrive in business throughout Connecticut.

Beginning January 2025, in coordination with the WBDC, PMI’s U.S. business will contribute $1 million per year over a five-year period toward the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative to help remove barriers that prevent women from full participation in Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Philip Morris International is committed to making positive impact throughout Connecticut communities and beyond. Our partnership with WBDC and investment through the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative enables us to better support Governor Ned Lamont’s vision of positioning our state as a catalyst for women and their families,” said Stacey Kennedy, president of the Americas region and CEO of PMI’s U.S. business, in a statement.

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