WBDC holds 14th annual business breakfast

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) will hold its 14th annual Business Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 a.m., at the Stamford Hilton, 1 First Stamford Place.

A panel discussion on Supplier Diversity Drives Your Bottom Line will be led by national and local industry leaders. WBDC’s Breakfast is recognized as the signature women’s business summit in Connecticut. The event brings together over 750 entrepreneurs, industry and community leaders, legislators, and other supporters of growing jobs and businesses in the state.

Fran Pastore, WBDC president and CEO, announced that Jill R. Hummel, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, will be the honoree and State Representative Patricia Billie Miller (D), Deputy Speaker of the House, 145th Assembly District, Stamford, will receive an award for her unwavering support of women entrepreneurs and business owners in Connecticut. A client of WBDC, Paola C. Hernandez, owner of TropiGlace, an ice cream shop renowned for its use of fresh South American fruits, will receive the Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

The panelists are: Amanda Brown, President Obama’s appointee and National Women’s Business Council Executive Director, Beverlee F. Dacey, Amodex Products, President/Owner, Angela Guzman, Comcast NBC Universal, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity and Laura Taylor, Pitney Bowes, Director, Procurement. It will be moderated by Susan Wilson Solovic, a recognized national expert on small business who appears on ABC News and Fox.

Following the discussion there will be two breakout groups: one lead by Molly Kellogg, President/CEO of Hubbard-Hall Inc., entitled Rosie the Riveter in the 21st Century: Women Leaders in Manufacturing, and in the second, Jack Mitchell, Chairman, Mitchells Family of Stores, will present proven techniques from his bestselling and recently updated book Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results.

Pastore stated, “The Wall Street Journal recently reported companies that focused on diversifying suppliers have generated a 133% greater return on procurement investments than the typical business. We want to help corporations based in Connecticut understand how they can strengthen and focus their businesses for optimum growth. We want women entrepreneurs and business owners to learn how they can get certified to compete for both corporate and government contracts.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, the Marquee Sponsor of the 14th annual WBDC Business Breakfast, is part of a larger group network of Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies and further, has been recognized as a Top 50 Company for diversity. The Platinum Sponsor, United Bank is a financial services company serving Connecticut and Massachusetts headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The mission of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), a 501(c)(3) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. Over the past year, WBDC clients have launched or expanded 395 new businesses, and maintained or added close to 900 jobs in the state, resulting in $5 million in additional tax revenue to Connecticut’s economy. Head-quartered in Stamford, the organization has offices in Shelton, Danbury, Hartford and Waterbury to provide ease of access to all Connecticut residents and employers.

To purchase tickets to the breakfast and/or to join WBDC’s growing list of sponsors for this event, please contact Christopher Landino at 203-925-0686, or visit ctwbdc.org.

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