Business development group launches Greenwich pilot program
Published 4:30 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017
For the rest of the year, the Women’s Business Development Council will run a pilot program in Greenwich to gauge demand for its services geared toward women with aspirations of launching and running a business.
For 20 years, the nonprofit has helped thousands of women around Connecticut pursue their business interests. Last week, certified life coach and longtime WBDC business adviser Carol Cheswick began taking appointments to help local women at Greenwich Library.
For the next few months, Cheswick will be available on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet with people who are interested in seeking advice on current or potential business ventures. The consultations are free.
“I’m willing to meet with people for five to 10 minutes or whatever it takes,” she said.
The partnership between Greenwich Library and WBDC will also include monthly lunchtime workshops. The first will take place Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. WBDC founder and CEO Fran Pastore will headline the event to discuss the state of women’s entrepreneurship.
Other future workshop topics will include how to take a business concept to fruition in October and a personal branding tutorial in November.
The partnership kicks off a Greenwich pilot program for WBDC, Pastore said. “We’ve heard from many that our services could be used here and how having a presence in Greenwich makes sense,” she said. “This is a way for us to test the waters.”
Depending on how much Cheswick’s services are sought out on Tuesdays and the attendance at WBDC’s events, the group may decide to offer more classes and services in Greenwich with its 2018 programming schedule.
“If women here need the service, they need to show it,” Pastore said, adding the goal of WBDC is to act as a supportive community for “women from all socioeconomic backgrounds and industries.”
WBDC’s mission is predicated on opening up new and expanded opportunities to women by economically empowering them through business, Pastore said. “When women are economically empowered, we see everything getting better,” she said.
Regardless of their situation, Cheswick and Pastore encourage people to contact WBDC.
“The first step is to call me, and we’ll talk,” Cheswick said.
To schedule an appointment with Cheswick, call her at 203-247-3358 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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