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  • Take Classes This Summer With The Women’s Business Development Council

    What’s on your summer to-do list? Summer is the perfect time to plan to start a business or take stock of your business. Women’s Business Development Council is offering carefully selected programs in July and August to help you do that.

    How to Start and Grow a Food Business

    This informative, interactive four-part series provides you with an understanding of the basic requirements and insights into what it takes to open a restaurant, bakery, food service establishment or launch a food product. At each session, you’ll hear from industry experts and Women Business Development Council’s own business advisors. Topics Include: What’s trending in the CT food landscape, food manufacturing, store placement, public health issues, legal requirements, start-up costs, marketing and business sustainability.

    Wednesday, July 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, July 26th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, Aug 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, Aug 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

    Location: Golden Hill United Methodist Church, 210 Elm Street, Bridgeport

    Pre-Registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-353-1750 or visit

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=313

    So You Want to Start a Business

    Have a business concept but not sure what to do next?  Join the Women’s Business Development Council for our two-hour workshop geared towards taking your business concept to the next level. Topics covered will include: The DNA of an Entrepreneur – what does it take to start a business?; Formulating your business idea – what is your concept?; and Making it happen – what do you need to do to get it off the ground?

    Wednesday, July 19th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

    Location: Women’s Business Development Council, 184 Bedford Street, Suite 201, Stamford

    Pre-Registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-353-1750 or visit:

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=319

    How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

    We all know our kids could be a little better with their money, but do we feel comfortable helping them?  In this class, we will explore ways to create a dialogue with our kids about money and teach them valuable lessons along the way.  We’ll learn what kids should know about money at each age and tools to make them more financially savvy.

    Wednesday, August 9th, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

    Location: Webinar

    Pre-registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-751-9550 or visit

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=314&CategoryId=34

    Licensing and Registration in CT: Ensuring You’re Properly Covered

    Master the ins and outs of Connecticut’s regulatory process for business.

    Every CT business needs to register and may require one or more licenses. Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to apply for identification numbers, licenses and permits that match the types of services you offer.

    Tuesday, August 15th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

    Location: Women’s Business Development Council, 412 Roosevelt Drive, Derby

    Pre-registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-751-9550 or visit

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=153

    Business Plan Bootcamp

    Almost ready to launch your business idea?  Come join us for a hands-on workshop designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the basics of getting your business going.  We will discuss what your product is, how you’re going to define your target market and speak to them, and finally, how to make sure your business is profitable.  Topics include: creating a product and pricing it; marketing and social media; and, preparing financials and a financial forecast.

    Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
    Location: Women’s Business Development Council, 184 Bedford Street, Suite 201, Stamford

    Pre-Registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-353-1750 or visit

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=318

    Building Your Business With the State of CT

    Consider opening new doors by doing business with the State of CT. Learn how to leverage this valuable alliance, become eligible and expand your markets. Certification to do business with the State is much easier than you think and can all be handled online. Topics Include: Simplifying the certification application process and the benefits of being state-certified.

    Thursday, August 24th, 10:00  – 11:00 am

    Location: Webinar

    Pre-registration Required/No Charge

    For more information call: 203-751-9550 or visit

    http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=178

    Meet With A Business Advisor

    Not sure where to turn or how to get started?  Have specific questions that you want an expert to answer?  Meet with a Women’s Business Development Council Business Advisor and take advantage of the knowledge and experience they have across a number of fields to help solve your business challenges.  Women’s Business Development Council Business Advisors are experts in a number of areas across marketing, finance, legal, human resources and strategy. Meet with one and get answers to the questions that keep you up at night.

    To learn more or to schedule a business consultation, contact Megan Wormser at 203-353-1750 or mwormser@ctwbdc.org.

    Personal Financial Coaching

    Meet with the Women Business Development Council’s Samantha Cross, a personal finance expert, to help address a variety of your financial concerns including your credit score and report, home buying, developing a personal budget and much more.

    Appointment Needed/No Charge

    To make an appointment, contact Samantha Cross at 203-585-7224 or scross@ctwbdc.org.  Appointments are available at these times and locations:

    Thursday, July 6th, 9:00 – 1:00 pm

    Location: United Way of Western CT, 301 Main Street, Danbury, CT  06810

    Tuesday, July 11th, 10:00 – 4:00 pm

    Tuesday, August 15th, 10:00 – 4:00 pm

    Location: Women’s Business Development Council, 184 Bedford Street, Suite 201, Stamford

    Wednesday, July 19th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Thursday, August 17th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Location: Women’s Business Development Council, 412 Roosevelt Drive, Derby

    Link for more information: http://www.ctwbdc.org/WalkInsLayout.aspx?ProductId=200