Women's Business Center

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Since 1999, the Women's Business Center has been helping women start and grow small businesses. From business planning and financing to marketing and government contracting, we have the resources and connections you need to succeed.​ Join us for training, assistance, and networking opportunities:

Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition

Tuesday, December 14; 5-7pm
Free Online Event
Moderator: Milena Erwin, WBC Program Manager

Join us as innovative women entrepreneurs compete for a cash prize during this virtual event. Attend as a spectator and support local women in business! Register now

Are you interested in applying to pitch? CT-based women entrepreneurs with a for-profit business and an innovative product or service are encouraged to apply for a chance to win a cash prize by 4 pm on Tuesday, December 7. Apply here

Finalists will be selected to present in our virtual event on December 14, 5-7pm. Open to all CT-based women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To our clients, businesses, and communities of color, we see you, we hear you, and we strongly support you. We condemn all racism and discrimination and proudly support all of our black/minority business owners, our clients, and our partners. We stand with you and our communities seeking inclusion, diversity, and understanding.

In solidarity, EC-WBC

Coronavirus Notice

Need help addressing the pandemic? Click here for a list of resources. Note that our service policies may differ from the general university during this crisis. Until further notice:

  • Workshops are being offered as online webinars.
  • Business advising will be offered on Zoom, through phone conferences, or face-to-face when appropriate.
  • Please email with questions.
Services are offered to women and men. All services are free or low-cost; tuition assistance is available to those who qualify.

Success Story: Kara Enterprise

Women's Business Center

Melody Do’s family came to the United States from Vietnam when she was nine years old, so she has a special appreciation for the opportunities available in this country. Her parents fled the oppressive communist regime of the early 1980s, giving Melody the chance to follow her dreams ever since. As a Hartford tax accountant, she has increased her client base many times over thanks to help from the Women’s Business Center. She is just one of our many Small Business Success Stories. 


The Women's Business Center (WBC), the largest initiative of the Entrepreneurial Center, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration. In addition to the resources we have onsite, business information and support are available at the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership and at your local district office.

We are part of the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business, named one of the nation's most outstanding business schools by The Princeton Review. We are also an active member and participant in the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC), the organization that supports the national network of over 100 Women Business Centers across the US. Its role is to make our voice heard in Washington, advocating for continued support of the WBC program and communicating the centers' collective impact.

Small Business Administration

Accessibility Policy

All EC-WBC programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.