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Women’s Business Development Council Cuts Ribbon At New Danbury Office

Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut opens its new office at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut opens its new office at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. – The Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut and Western Connecticut State University's Ancell School of Business officially opened the WBDC Danbury office last month on the WCSU West Side Campus in Danbury.

Attending the event were Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury; John Clark, president of WCSU; David Martin, dean of the Ancell School of Business; and Fran Pastore, president and CEO of WBDC.

“We are very excited about this new partnership between our University and WBDC. The inter-relationship between government, business and higher education is coming together with projects like this. If we are going to move the economy forward, if we are going to move Connecticut and America forward, everyone has to participate, and I predict women will lead the way,” said Clark.

The new space allows WBDC to have a permanent location where it will provide Danbury and WCSU communities with entrepreneurial and financial training programs such as: Connecticut Business Express program, Finding the Right Mix: Integrated Marketing for Your Small Business, Branding for the Entrepreneur and Intellectual Property. 

Fees for programs range from free to $300. Some sessions are drop-in while others require pre-registration. Click here for the full course selection.

“I’m thrilled the Women’s Business Development Council will now have a permanent office in Danbury," said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District). "WBDC is helping women break into fields where they have long been under represented, and commercialize their innovations for the benefit of our entire economy. I’m looking forward to working with them to help women create jobs and grow businesses here in Connecticut."

Amanda Allen, of Danbury, was recently promoted to senior program manager for WBDC and will work closely with WBDC program specialist Courtney Gotshall, of Oxford, at the Danbury site.

The WBDC WCSU campus office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays  and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays Drop-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by calling 203-969-5158 or emailing

Click here for more information about the WBDC

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