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Women’s Business Center – Southeastern Connecticut

Women’s Business Center – Southeastern Connecticut

Serving Southeastern Connecticut and beyond

Women’s Business Center – Southeastern Connecticut

The Women’s Business Development Council  (WBDC) is host to three U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) Women’s Business Centers (WBCs).  The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of women-owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories.

Based in New London, the Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Business Center offers a variety of programs and services in the eastern region serving communities in New London, Middlesex, Windham and Tolland counties.  Programs for aspiring, emerging and established entrepreneurs are conducted virtually and at training sites throughout the western, central and eastern regions.



61 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
Phone:  203-353-1750
General Email: info@ctwbdc.org


Monday-Thursday:  8am-5pm
Friday:  9am-1pm
Evening hours offered for programming, and for counseling appointments upon request.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all WBDC physical office locations are closed until further notice.  However, we are operating remotely, with all live programs and services being offered virtually via Zoom videoconference and/or phone.  We look forward to continuing to support you on your entrepreneurial journey.


Key Program Staff

Brenda Thickett – Interim Project Director

Susan Hackett – Program Coordinator

Business Advisors

Carol Cheswick – Business Advisor, General

Samantha Cross – Start-up Business Finance Advisor

Patricia Klapper – Business Advisor, General & Spanish Language

Sherry Konwerski – Business Advisor & QuickBooks Advisor

Terri Piekara – Business Advisor, Social Media


Current Programs

  • GPS: a Guide to Plan for Success
  • Business Concept Clinic
  • Let’s Talk Series
  • Financial Foundations Series
  • Marketing Made Simple Series
  • Academy for Small Business with Liberty Bank
  • On-Demand Webinars

For more information on these WBC programs, as well as other programs offered by WBDC, please click hereTo schedule a no-cost counseling session, contact us at (203) 353-1750 or info@ctwbdc.orgFor help in Spanish, please call Katherine Torres at 203-353-1750.

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SBA Programs

To learn more about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), click here.  Together with partners around the nation, the SBA offers programming geared to aspiring, emerging and established business owners.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request, with at least two weeks notice. Please contact WBDC at (203) 353-1750 for arrangements. WBDC is an equal opportunity provider.