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Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)

  • WBDC works to help women thrive in business
  • Entrepreneurial and financial education services
  • Coaching sessions, on-demand classes, and a program for military spouses are among the offerings


The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women thrive in business. With three U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Women’s Business Ownership Women’s Business Centers located across Connecticut, the organization provides entrepreneurial and financial education services in an effort to grow sustainable jobs and businesses.

The organization provides the education, training, and borrowing power necessary for women to launch and grow their own businesses. The organization is funded through a cooperative agreement with the SBA, with additional funding from state, municipal, corporate, and private donors.

Who’s it for?

Especially for women entrepreneurs and business owners.


The mission of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) 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. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council drives business success in a tangible and accessible way.

Resources & Services

Startup & Emerging Business Services

  • WBDC Connect – An online directory and networking program allowing members to share insights and information.
  • Coaching Sessions – Pairs an emerging business with a counselor who can provide specifically tailored advice
  • Business and Financial Education – A regular series of courses on entrepreneurial training, financial education, and access to capital
  • On-Demand Classes – Courses on a series of topics designed to offer flexibility to meet your schedule. Classes usually last 24-48 hours and are meant to be completed over six weeks
  • Blue Stream Initiative – A partnership with CTNext and the Thames River Innovation Project, the Blue Stream Initiative is designed to serve military spouses with a more mobile lifestyle


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