Wilton business owner Carline Dean was recently recognized by the Women’s Business Development Council at its 20th Anniversary Luncheon Gala held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency. The gala brought together nearly 700 supporters of women-owned businesses including Small Business Administration Chief Linda McMahon, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th).

The Women’s Business Development Council was founded in 1997 to provide the training, education and borrowing necessary to empower women to successfully launch and grow their own businesses. In honor of their 20th anniversary, the council presented its “20 for 20 Award” to 20 successful women entrepreneurs and women business owners, including Dean, who have prospered from the nonprofit's services.

Dean is the owner of Lace Affair in Wilton, a specialty boutique where women can get properly fitted for bras and shop for other exclusive items such as lingerie, sleepwear, and swimwear. She is also the owner of Illumination Salon, which offers hairstyling and makeup.