The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the addition of nine new SBA Women's Business Centers nationwide, including one in Connecticut that will be administered by the Women's Business Development Council in Norwich.

The centers' mission is to help women entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses.

"The funding of these new Women's Business Centers expands women's access to resources to help their businesses succeed," says SBA Administrator and former U.S. Senate candidate from Connecticut Linda McMahon.

"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Business Center program, and I am proud to be a part of the expansion of resources and services to women entrepreneurs across America. The work these centers provide is one of the most valuable forms of assistance to help women entrepreneurs, who are an engine for economic growth."

Services Offered

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.

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.

An opening date for the new Norwich center has not yet been set. Connecticut currently has three SBA Women's Business Centers:

The Entrepreneurial Center of Hartford's College for Women at the University of Hartford
Women's Business Center
Founders Business Park
222 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108

Women’s Business Development Council
Women's Business Center
184 Bedford Street, Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901

Women’s Business Development Council—Naugatuck Valley
Women's Business Center
412 Roosevelt Drive
Derby, CT 06418

For more information about the new Women's Business Center in Norwich, contact Dorothy Bratchell, Chief Operating Officer, Women's Business Center—Stamford, at 203.353.1750.