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STATE SENATOR

Doug McCrory

Fighting for Minority-Owned Businesses

You may have seen me recently on Channel 8 WTNH-TV talking about the need for the state to do more to grow and support minority-owned businesses in Connecticut, especially in our larger cities.

So I'm out to spread the word about a state program called Minority Business Initiative (MBI), which is part of the state Department of Economic and Community Development's small business express program.

The MBI offers access to:

  • Technical Help--providing high-quality technical assistance in a wide spectrum of disciplines such as marketing, strategic and operational planning, financial analysis, contract management, and compliance.
  • • Capital--supporting business and fostering entrepreneurship in communities of color is the most effective way to close the gap between minority-owned businesses and non minority-owned businesses. Access to capital can be the key tipping point.
  • Contracts--assisting minority businesses and contractors in obtaining greater access to state contracts. Whether you're a startup business or you're already established, certification can significantly help you compete in the government sector.

For more information on this outstanding program which can make a significant difference in not only the success of minority-owned businesses, but in the lives of all of our state residents, please contact Michelle Peters at 860-270-8052 or Michelle.Peters@ct.gov, or contact Toni Karnes at 860-270-8139 or Toni-Karnes@ct.gov.

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Connecticut Ranks High for Working Mothers

At a time when women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with children younger than 18 are working, Connecticut is the fifth-best state in America for working mothers when it comes to providing the quality of life that working mothers appreciate and find valuable, according to a new poll out from the online finance website WalletHub.

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Researchers compared all states across 13 different metrics to determine which states are best for working mothers when it comes to: child-care costs; pediatricians per capita; school system quality; the gender pay gap; ratio of female executives to male executives; median women's salary; percentage of families in poverty; female unemployment rate; state parental leave policies; average length of a woman's work week; and women's average commute time.

Of the Top 10 states for working mothers, eight of them are in the Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The worst states for working moms are in the South and West, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico and Wyoming.

It's interesting to note that when it comes to taking care of working mothers, so-called "Red States" run by Republicans had an average ranking of 33, while "Blue States" run by Democrats had an average ranking of 16--a score twice as good as the "Red States."