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Wilton's Lace Affaire Owner Has Savoir Faire When It Comes To Business

Carline Dean, owner of Lace Affaire and Illumination Salon in Wilton.
Carline Dean, owner of Lace Affaire and Illumination Salon in Wilton. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – Carline Dean, the owner of Lace Affaire, a specialty boutique in Wilton offering lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear, was among 20 female entrepreneurs awarded  The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) “20 for 20 Award."

Dean is also the owner of Illumination Salon which specializes in hair and makeup. 

The Stamford-based WBDC was founded in 1997 to provide the training, education and borrowing power necessary to empower women to successfully launch and grow their own businesses. 

The gala where Dean (and others) were honored took place at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency on Friday, Oct. 20. Nearly 700 supporters of women-owned businesses attended, including Small Business Administration Chief (and Greenwich resident) Linda McMahon, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman Jim Himes.

“The Women’s Business Development Council’s work on behalf of women entrepreneurs has never been more relevant than it is today,” said Fran Pastore, the council’s CEO. 

“Make no mistake about it; this is not a female issue. This is a socioeconomic imperative. 

"When a woman can borrow money for income-generating activities like starting her own business or growing her own business, it has a ripple effect on our communities.”

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