• Women’s Business Development Council hosting over 60 programs throughout the state

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    Women’s Business Development Council Spring Session Presents
    Entrepreneurial Experts Including a Food Network Cake War’s Winner,
    Attorneys, Financial Planners & Authors
    60 Programs Held Throughout Connecticut April – June

    Stamford, CT (April 25, 2016): The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), of Connecticut, is hosting over 60 programs throughout the state in their Spring Session, taking place April through June. The WBDC provides education and training for women entrepreneurs in the areas of financial, marketing and management skills. Special guest speakers, who are respected experts in their fields, will lead programs that include one-time events, multi-session and one-on-one counseling. The prices range from free to $300. Some sessions are “drop-in”, while others require pre-registration. The full course selection can be found at the WBDC website, link:

    Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently stated, “The Women’s Business Development Council is a leading force in promoting financial and business training in Connecticut.” Fran Pastore, president and CEO of WBDC said, “In 2015, WBDC helped more than 240 women-led companies whose revenues totaled $43 million.”

    Jayne Kelly, a business finance expert based in Oxford, will present four Saturday sessions called Business Finance Boot Camp – Part 1: Basic Training which will provide an overview of financial statements, balance sheets, cash flow and income statements. Basic Training will take place on June 4th, 18th and 25th, from 9:30am-12:45pm, at the WBDC Shelton office and will cost $75. This is being co-sponsored by the Valley Regional Adult Education in Shelton.

    Many business owners wonder what the difference is among independent contractor, consultant or employee. WBDC workshops led by Cohen & Wolf attorneys, Courtney George, a principal and chair of Employment and Labor Group and Robin Drucker, an associate in the Business & Corporate, Real Estate, Employment & Labor and Commercial Lending Groups, will explain the obligations and requirements of each for employers, as well as, look at the positions from the financial perspective of the individual. The workshops will take place on June 30th, from 6:00-7:00pm for business owners and from 7:15-8:30pm for independent contractors – attendees can participate in one or both. Taking place at Western Connecticut State University, the workshops will be free of charge.

    Jamison Scott, executive vice president of Air Handling Systems, a third generation family-owned business in Woodbridge, Connecticut, and a nationally recognized management and communications expert, gave a class on Marketing Through Alternative Sales Channels. He spoke about the ways to boost sales in the vast digital landscape through social media, e-marketing, Google Analytics and more.

    The WBDC Lunch & Learn free programs, take place from 11:45am-1:15pm, participants are invited to “bring a lunch and business cards,” to learn new business skills, network and have a conversation with an expert and others experiencing similar growing pains.

    Samantha Cross, founder of Square One Financial Education, Stamford, will explore ways to set a realistic budget, tips to stick to it, and how to achieve financial goals. Cross’ WBDC Lunch & Learn will take place on May 17th at New Neighborhoods Inc.

    Jill Russo Foster, of Greenwich, author of two personal financial strategies books and a respected speaker and business coach, will bring her experience from the banking/mortgage industry to attendees. She will discuss ways to pay off debt faster and keep more money in your pocket on June 7th at the WBDC Derby office.

    Lynne Marino, senior financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, Westport office, will host a discussion on Things Your Parents Never Taught You: Money Tips to Help Women Thrive. Participants will leave with an Action Plan to help them move forward to a strong financial future.

    Linda Hunt, founder of and The Bookkeeper’s, based in Trumbull, is a small-business strategist, money mentor and speaker with over 20 years of experience in business development, accounting and operational procedures for a wide range of industries. She hosted her WBDC Lunch & Learn in late April focusing on helping entrepreneurs understand their numbers and how to profitably run their service businesses.

    For the WBDC Strong Women, Strong Coffee series, taking place at 8:00-9:00am, May 18th in the WBDC Stamford office and June 9th in the Derby office, Renata Papadopoulos, The Food Network’s “Cake Wars” winner, founder of Lovely Cakes, a Stratford based specialty cakes business/commercial kitchen, and WBDC client, will participate in an inspirational discussion on her struggles and successes.

    Offering classes throughout the year, WBDC sessions begin in April (Spring), July (Summer), September (Fall), and January (Winter). They have a wide range of programs available in the classroom, through webinars and by participating in their remote learning hub (link: WBDC will soon officially open new offices in Danbury, Derby and Hartford, Connecticut.

    WBDC, a 501(c)(3), supports economic prosperity for women and strengthens communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. The organization is headquartered in Stamford.

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