• WBDC Welcomes Ronae Mason-Craig as Outreach Coordinator for Waterbury

    WATERBURY, Conn. — The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is announcing the hiring of Ronae Mason-Craig as Outreach Coordinator for its new office location in Waterbury — scheduled to open later this year. In this role, she will be responsible for expanding WBDC’s reach in the Waterbury area.

    A lifelong Waterbury resident, Mason-Craig has a storied history of helping those in the community who need it most. She began her professional career in healthcare, initially as a Certified Nurse’s Aide before becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 2017, after nine years in nursing, Mason-Craig pivoted and founded a nonprofit organization for women & children. Two years later, she opened a coworking/event space in Waterbury. Most recently, Mason-Craig worked for a community-based health initiative to advance health literacy in Waterbury.

    “We are delighted to welcome Ronae to the WBDC team as we look to expand our presence in Waterbury, ” said WBDC CEO Fran Pastore. “As a lifelong Waterbury resident, Ronae has established close connections throughout the community. I am confident that she will build strong relationships within the city’s small business community and with entrepreneurs in neighboring cities and towns.”

    To expand WBDC’s reach through the newly-established Waterbury office, Mason-Craig will serve as a primary contact for prospective and existing clients in the city, responding to their inquiries and helping them sign-up for programs and counseling. She will also promote WBDC programs, conduct outreach to current and prospective clients, and manage the day-to-day operations of the Waterbury office. She will be based in WBDC’s New Haven office until the Waterbury location officially opens. She can be reached at 203-353-1750 or via email at

    About the Women’s Business Development Council

    The Women’s Business Development Council’s (WBDC) mission is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. WBDC educates, motivates, and empowers women to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Since 1997, WBDC has educated and trained nearly 18,000 clients in all of Connecticut’s 169 towns—helping women to launch, sustain and scale over 13,300 businesses, create and maintain 29,000 jobs in Connecticut, and access more than $66 million in capital. Visit for more information.