HARTFORD — Hoping to draw attention to the uphill battle women business owners face on their journey to self-sufficiency, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will host a will a Women Owned Business Day at the Capitol on May 13.

In partnership with the Women’s Business Development Council and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Connecticut, Malloy’s proclamation of Women Owned Business Day will include a free breakfast event followed by roundtable discussions.

The breakfast will serve as the first of a series of events which will highlight women small business owners’ as important decision makers who effect the economic health of the nation.
There are an estimated 8.6 million women-led businesses in America today. These businesses represent $1.3 trillion nationally and $30 billion in the state of Connecticut alone. As part of National Small Business Week (May 12-16).

The breakfast event will be followed by roundtable discussions at the Capitol with keynote speaker Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Andrew will drive the conversation with a focus on four areas identified by the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) which are critical to the success of small business owners, access to capital, access to markets, job creation and data collection.

Women continue to be the fastest growing sector in the small business community, starting new businesses at a rate of 1,288 a day. The SBA believes in America’s women entrepreneurs and small business owners to create jobs and move our economy forward.

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