A pair of women-owned Fairfield County businesses are among those being cited as “Success Stories” by the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) during the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, which runs through Sept. 26.
According to the CTSBDC, nearly 50% of Connecticut’s private sector workers are either owners or employees of a small business; 99% of the state’s businesses are considered a small business, with 500 employees or less.
Ava-Marie Sealey, owner of Bethel’s Ava Party Designs, was cited for turning to CTSBDC for market research and other support to grow her 5-year-old business.
“While I am bubbly, and confident in myself, being confident in my business, positioning my business and selling were quite intimidating,” she said. “Now I feel I am a true boss, now I can take control of the entire client experience.”
“As a small-business owner