Shelton resident hosts radio show on law boosting women in business

A Shelton resident will be featured on a radio show Tuesday as part of the Women's Business Development Council’s (WBDC) recognition of the 25th anniversary of a federal law that eased women's access to capital for commercial purposes.

Teresa Younger, executive director of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, will highlight the law — known as H.R. 50/50 — when she hosts the WBDC's monthly radio show on WPKN 89.5 FM on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from noon-1 p.m. Younger lives in Shelton.

Her guests on the show will include Patti Clements, principal of Patti Clements Consulting Services; Heidi Holzer, principal of Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work; and Robin Imbrogno, president and CEO of the Human Resource Consulting Group.

The radio program will be a live conversation, and callers can reach the host from noon-1 p.m. by calling 203-331-9756.

‘Momentous legislation’

According to a WBDC press release. H.R. 50/50 “was momentous legislation that led to an explosion in women's entrepreneurship.”

The law enables women to obtain funding for their own businesses without the requirement of a male relative to co-sign the loan.

As this prompted more and more women to venture into their own businesses, a movement grew to train and educate women entrepreneurs across the United States. The WBDC has been a part of this movement for more than 16 years.

Business breakfast is set

The celebration will continue at the WBDC's annual business breakfast Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Stamford Marriott, where Younger also will lead the conversation, focusing on the growing impact of women business owners as decision makers, architects of change, and economic influencers.

WBDC's CEO Fran Pastore said, “With women fueling economic growth at an unprecedented rate, WBDC intends to remain in the 'driver's seat,’ helping women in Connecticut and around the globe achieve economic equity through small-business training and education at all phases of business development."

For details on the WBDC breakfast, call 203-353-1750 or email

About the nonprofit council

Established in 1997, the Women's Business Development Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic equity through entrepreneurial training, financial education and professional development.

The council provides education, training, resources and networking opportunities at training sites throughout Connecticut. Learn more at