Sununu lends support to WBC legislation

Senator John Sununu has lent his voice to the call for consideration of the Women’s Small Business Ownership Programs Act of 2006 in the Senate’s current session.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Sununu said “it is imperative” that the bill, S. 3659, “be given full consideration in one form or another given its impact on existing Women’s Business Centers, especially in New Hampshire.”

He said that, “as more and more women entrepreneurs explore the opportunity to start, expand, or improve small businesses,” WBCs provide counseling and training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and other needed skills.

“In New Hampshire, the WBC has a long track record of meeting the needs of local small businesses started or owned by women, including conducting hundreds of business related courses and holding monthly networking and mentoring meetings,” he wrote.

In 2004, Sununu helped the Portsmouth Women’s Business Center secure $75,150 as part of $6.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration funding for centers across the nation. The New Hampshire center is currently in its 11th year of operation and assists more than 1,000 women in New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine each year with education programming, one-to-one counseling and peer support. – JEFF FEINGOLD

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