12.20.21

Fort Wayne Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Recognizes WEOC Women’s Business Center Director for Community Economic Development

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

For immediate release

December 20, 2021, Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recognized Leslee Hill, Director WEOC Women’s Business Center, for outstanding commitment and service for Economic Development in the Fort Wayne Community.

Tamesha Fikes, President, Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. said, “Our goal is to celebrate women who are doing exemplary work in our local community under the five-point programmatic thrust of our sorority. Economic involvement is a pillar that we want to ensure residents are empowered to know how to access resources they need. Leslee Hill and the WEOC Women’s Business Center excel in this area and are well deserving of this recognition.”

The local Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter’s economic emphasis has been on personal financial planning and management of assets: money habits, money management, career exploration, and financial planning.

Hill said, “Every person has potential to achieve their dreams. No amount of college degrees or training turns any one person into a personal budgeting wizard. The fact is, many Americans struggle with financial literacy. Yet, mastering financial skills empowers individuals and elevates communities. I am so honored to be recognized for the work we do through our WEOC WBC,” said Hill.

“Our community is rich with support if you are willing to get uncomfortable. If you need help budgeting, please connect with us at WEOC Women’s Business Center. We come alongside small business owners and provide workshops, business coaching, and mentoring for financial literacy. Participants gain practical knowledge about financial skills and get tools to begin using right away,” said Hill. This year, WEOC WBC is varying workshop times to be more flexible with business owners’ schedules. Visit our website for details. https://theniic.org/our-events/

Delta Sigma Theta Fort Wayne serves and impacts the lives of Fort Wayne residents in the areas of Educational Development, Economic Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.

About WEOC Women’s Business Center

2,794 women and immigrants have been served, trained, and counseled since WEOC Women’s Business Center opened five years ago. WEOC Women’s Business Center serves Northeast Indiana women at all stages of their business ventures. We respond to women entrepreneurs’ unique needs through business growth coaching, training, entrepreneurial education, connectivity, and access to capital.

WEOC Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The NIIC serves as the host organization and provides supplemental funding and complementary resources. WEOC Women’s Business Center is an SBA designated Women’s Business Center—one of two in Indiana—and more than 100 nationwide. For more information, visit www.weocwbc.net.

About The NIIC

499 new products launched, 196 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,351 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $100.4 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures. The NIIC bolsters innovative companies to move ideas into action. The NIIC is located in a designated U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone. In April 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated The Northeast Indiana Innovation Park Campus as an Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury.

The International Business Innovation Association (inbia.org) recognized the NIIC as the 2020 Entrepreneur Center of the Year – Mixed-Use and awarded it one of the two prestigious industry awards – The 2020 Dinah Adkins Award. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. Additionally, TheNIIC.org.

 Contact: Tammy Allen, NIIC Director|Marketing & Programs, tallen@niic.net

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