Business Builders

Jennifer Blomquist, Business People


“The Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center supports and guides women on their business ventures.

Don’t go it alone.

That’s the advice Leslee Hill, director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center, or WEOC, gives to women who are looking to build a business.

“There are so many people who want to help you,” says Hill. “Use them.”

The WEOC was founded three years ago in Fort Wayne and advances women in business by emboldening them and helping them to maximize opportunities to start and grow their businesses.

With The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, or The NIIC, serving as the host organization, the local WEOC is one of just two U.S. Small Business Administration-designated Women’s Business Centers (WBC) in Indiana.

“That’s a big deal,” says Hill. “It connects us to more than 100 WBCs, all formed to level the playing field for women business builders. We help them advance past the challenges of starting or growing their own businesses. We spur them to fully explore their business ideas, develop their business plans and build confidence to be successful.”

The local WEOC is one of 113 WBCs across the country and offers its services to women in 16 counties in northeast Indiana and along the I-69 corridor.”

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