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Citizens Bank names Women’s Business Development Center Champion in Action in Connecticut


New London, Conn.    (December 14, 2009) - Citizens Bank has announced that the Women’s Business Development Center of Stamford has been recognized as a Champion in Action® for the fourth quarter of 2009 in the area of workforce development.

The award was announced by Rich Barry, Connecticut president of Citizens Bank, during an on-air segment of the noon newscast on WTNH earlier today. The award includes a $25,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to recognize the Women’s Business Development Center for the fine work it has done for more than 10 years,” said Barry. “The WBDC has an impressive record of providing the programs, services and directions small business owners and entrepreneurs need to become successful.”

The Women’s Business Development Center is a micro-enterprise development organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic self-reliance by educating and counseling them to start and grow businesses, resulting in job creation and community vitality. 

Established in 1997, the WBDC is recognized as a leader of entrepreneurial training across Connecticut and for guiding clients through the process of starting, managing, and growing new business ventures. The WBDC also offers a Financial Coaching Program which provides one-on-one counseling for clients to stabilize their finances.

Champions in Action is a partnership between Citizens Bank and WTNH / MyTV 9, launched in 2002, to provide financial support and public awareness to the nonprofit organizations that work every day to champion change in our communities.

Each quarter, a nonprofit organization among a range of social service topics in Connecticut is recognized as a Champion in Action. Each champion in action receives the following support in addition to the $25,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation:

• Media coverage from News Channel 8/MyTV9, including public service announcements.

• Volunteer support from both Citizens Bank and News Channel 8/MyTV9.

• Public relations support and promotional support through visibility at Citizen Bank branches and citizensbank.com.

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 49 branches and 67 ATMs in Connecticut.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $151 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).