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Women’s Business Center – Southwest

Women’s Business Center – Southwest

Serving Southwest and Coastal Connecticut

Women’s Business Center – Southwest

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 Stamford, the Southwest Women’s Business Center offers a variety of programs and services in the western region serving communities in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.  Programs for aspiring, emerging and established entrepreneurs are conducted virtually and at training sites throughout the western, central and eastern regions.


184 Bedford Street, Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone:  203-353-1750
General Email:  info@ctwbdc.org


Monday-Thursday:  9am-6pm
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

Erin Mercede – Project Director

Nicole Brown – Impact Manager

Business Advisors

Carol Cheswick – Business Advisor, General

Samantha Cross – Start-Up Business Finance Advisor

Patricia Klapper – Business Advisor, General

Sherry Konwerski – Business Advisor & QuickBooks Advisor

Terri Piekara – Social Media Advisor


Current Programs & Services

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

For more information on these WBC programs, as well as other programs offered by WBDC, please click here.  To schedule a no-cost counseling session, contact us at 203-353-1750 or info@ctwbdc.org. For help in Spanish, please call Katherine Torres at 203-35301750 or ktorres@ctwbdc.org.

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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.