• Women’s Business Development Council joins Eileen Fisher to support locally owned shops

    For Immediate Release:
    Sept. 16, 2013

    Contact: Beth Dolan

    Women’s Business Development Council joins Eileen Fisher to support locally owned shops

    The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), based in Stamford, is joining Eileen Fisher women’s apparel company in promoting its third Shop Local event, Thursday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 28.

    Women throughout Connecticut who shop at specialty stores selling Eileen Fisher’s Fall Collection those three days will help the designer support the WBDC and similar organizations that help women entrepreneurs succeed.

    The promotion will take place in area stores such as the Darien Sports Shop in Darien, Irresistibles in New Canaan, and Idiom in New Haven. Fisher has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from purchases of her Fall Collection to the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC), of which the WBDC is a member. The AWBC is a national non-profit organization that represents business owners across the U.S. through a network of more than 100 women business centers.

    Other Connecticut shops participating in the event are: Country Clothes, Kent; J. Seitz & Company, New Preston; Possessions, Branford; Saybrook Country Barn, Saybrook; and The Country Shop, Madison.

    Fran Pastore, CEO of the WBDC, said Shop Local is an expression of Fisher’s gratitude to the independent business owners who carry her collections.

    “Specialty store buyers helped Eileen Fisher get her start,” Pastore said. “They answered her questions about styles, colors, and pricing. Her success shows how far a woman entrepreneur can take her business when she has the advantage of mentors and support. That’s what the WBDC strives to provide for women in Connecticut, as does the AWBC across the country.”

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    The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 16 years.

    For more information, visit or call 203-353-1750.