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Small Business Center For Women Closing In NH

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 7/20/2010

Women's Business Center in Portsmouth, NH, to close after 15 years.

The news for small business owners is not looking too bright these days for women in New Hampshire.

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The Women's Business Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently announced that after being open for 15 years, it would be closing its doors for good at the end of August. The New Hampshire Business Review reports that membership of the Business Center has been steadily declining since it peaked in 2008 with 450 members.

Despite the fact that the center has fewer members, the WBC gave personal counseling sessions to an estimated 250 women last year, according to the news source.

"The counseling was probably the biggest and strongest service we offered, as well as the mentor program," said Julie Vogt, a WBC chairwoman, in an interview with the Review. "That was a huge hit in popularity. We matched a seasoned business owner with someone who needed help in that area, for instance finance or marketing. I think people found great benefit from that," said Vogt.

Despite the closure of the business center in New Hampshire, there continue to be opportunities for women in the small business field. The American Business Women's Association recently announced that it would be hosting a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, the Post and Courier reports.

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