By Alexander Soule

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, with attendees including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. Jim Himes and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon.

Based in Stamford and with branch outlets throughout Connecticut, the Women’s Business Development Council provides advice for women entrepreneurs, as well as financing for startups and established firms. Since its inception, WBDC has helped nearly 1,800 businesses launch while assisting another 3,800 companies already in operation.

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