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CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council
Read Ms. Pastore's perspectives pieces for NWBC, "Women Owned Business: A Powerful Economic Force," here.
Fran Pastore is the founder, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, which has provided financial, career and business counseling and training programs in Connecticut for more than 14 years.
Ms. Pastore has dedicated her career to helping women achieve their dreams of economic empowerment. Since 1999, she has served on the City of Stamford’s Economic Development Commission. In 2000, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored her as Women in Business Advocate of the Year. Ms. Pastore also sits on the board of the Association of Women Business Centers and Connecticut Gov. Malloy’s Small Business Advisory Board.
In May 2010, Ms. Pastore’s impact became global when she helped women genocide survivors launch a profitable ice cream shop that continues to provide its women workers with their first source of predictable income.
Ms. Pastore serves on NWBC as the representative for the Association of Women's Business Centers. She lives in Stamford with her husband and two daughters.