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Women Organize March to Support Awareness of Women-Owned Business Issues

Women Organize March to Support Awareness of Women-Owned Business Issues
Fran Pastore, CEO of Women's Business Development Council
For the second consecutive year, the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is organizing a march at the Connecticut State Capital in Hartford, Connecticut, to raise awareness of the issues faced by women-owned businesses. This year, the Women Owned Business Day march is being held on Wednesday, April 8.

The purpose of the march

The march is intended to call greater attention to two large areas of concern by women who own their own businesses. Although progress has been made, women in business continue to struggle with raising capital for their businesses and accessing markets. WBDC CEO Fran Pastore comments that "This day is really about sharing the economic impact of women-owned businesses."


Pastore's goal is to highlight the impact women-owned businesses have had on the economy in Connecticut and the progress they are making. Equally important will be addressing the need for more funding for women. One sticking point is the fact that only 14 percent of the grants awarded by Connecticut Governor Malloy's Small Business Express program went to women-owned businesses.

The WBDC has been working hard to make more women in business aware of the Small Business Express program by holding workshops to help more women access the capital offered through the program. But more needs to be done to level the playing field for businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.

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