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Women Entrepreneurs with New Women’s Business Center Opening in Norwich, CT

SBA Increases Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs with New Women’s Business Center Opening in Norwich, Connecticut
Release Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018
Elizabeth Moisuk, 617-565-5572

Boston – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Connecticut District Office announced today the opening of a new Women’s Business Center in Norwich, Connecticut.  The new center, hosted by the Women’s Business Development Council, will have the mission of helping women entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses.  The new center will provide assistance and resources to entrepreneurs in and around Norwich.  

“It’s a great time to be a woman entrepreneur.  This year marks 30 years of the Women’s Business Center program, and the expansion of the new center will provide vital resources to women entrepreneurs,” Assistant Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership Kathy McShane said.  “We know that when women get help in the early stages of their company, they will be more successful.  Through the new centers, we are encouraging more women to come forward and utilize the services offered by the centers.”

The SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement.

“The work that will be done by the Women’s Business Development Council Women’s Business Center in Norwich is one of the most incredible forms of assistance available to help women entrepreneurs,” SBA New England Regional Administrator Wendell Davis said.  “The SBA’s Connecticut District Office and I look forward to working with the new Women’s Business Center and encouraging more women entrepreneurs to utilize the center’s resources and opportunities, such as business counseling, to help their businesses start and grow.”

In fiscal year 2017, the Women’s Business Center program counseled and trained nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.  According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, there are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.  They employ more than eight million workers, provide more than $264 billion in wages and salaries to employees, and contribute $1.4 trillion in sales to the national economy.

"We are honored to be selected to open a new SBA Women's Business Center in Norwich.  For more than 20 years, we have been supporting women across the state of CT in our Women's Business Centers in Stamford and in Derby, helping more than 19,000 women become stronger business people,"  said Dorothy Bratchell, COO, Women's Business Development Council.  "It's more important, now than ever, that women have access to the financial resources and training they need to launch and grow their businesses and we're thrilled to be able to bring that expertise to New London County."

For entrepreneurs interested in starting or growing their business, visit the Women’s Business Development Council center’s website or call 203-353-1750. To learn more about SBA’s programs and services for women entrepreneurs, visit SBA online to find your local Women’s Business Center and other SBA resources.