Women’s Business Center Reaches Five-Year Milestone:

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC
Photo provided by Jessica Zweig, SimplyBe.

National Speaker to Celebrate Nearly 3,000 Business Leaders Served

For Immediate Release

June 3, 2021, Fort Wayne, Ind.—The WEOC Women’s Business Center (WBC) will mark its fifth anniversary with a luncheon and educational workshop celebrating the region’s women-led businesses.  Author and personal branding expert Jessica Zweig, Founder and CEO of SimplyBe., will keynote the event on June 17, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ceruti’s, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne. . Register now through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-weoc-5-year-celebration-tickets-145531788497.

The event will include a showcase of products created by Northeast Indiana woman-owned businesses Table sponsorships for groups of six are available on a limited basis.

“Our fifth-anniversary celebration will focus on our clients — the nearly 3,000 women and more than 2,000 small businesses we have served. This includes individualized coaching, expert training, practical workshops, wellness and self-care support, and peer encouragement,” said Leslee Hill, WEOC WBC Director, The NIIC. “The theme of our event is courage, and we will take time to celebrate the courage and resiliency of our clients who have launched thriving businesses in the past five years. Together, we will boldly envision the next five years and beyond.”

The WEOC WBC anniversary luncheon is sponsored in part by Nasim Walker of Dream Visions Event Planning, Tara Witham of American Family Insurance, Della Kirkman of Bee Business Advisory, Kyle Gough of Kyle Gough Law, Melissa Hall of Bona Vita Architecture, Jamie Freeze of Diamond Residential Mortgage Corp., and Alyssa Schendel of The North Eastern Group.

“It has been exciting to watch the WEOC Women’s Business Center grow into a vital resource for small businesses over the last five years,” said Stacey Poynter, U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Great Lakes Regional Administrator and Indiana District Director. “Leslee Hill and her team respond thoughtfully and quickly to the unique needs of the region using SBA funding to create innovative programs that help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their small businesses. It is a pleasure to have the WEOC WBC as an Indiana small business resource partner, and we can’t wait to see what they develop next to help entrepreneurs in the future,” he said.

Zweig will share about her entrepreneurial journey and why personal branding is an opportunity for betterment. “Your truth is your superpower, your magic, and your strategic advantage. It’s what I like to call your personal brand—which is, quite simply, how you show up for the world. It’s the platform you build around your truth that, when communicated consistently, constantly, and clearly, becomes an invaluable asset for achieving success beyond your wildest dreams,” states Zweig in her book Be. A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself.  A book signing will follow Zweig’s keynote presentation. A limited number of books will be available for purchase. Event participants are welcome to bring one for signing.

Register now through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-weoc-5-year-celebration-tickets-145531788497.

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. As the Host Organization, The NIIC also provides supplemental funding and complementary resources. WEOC Women’s Business Center is an SBA designated Women’s Business Center—one of two in Indiana. 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 $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 by moving ideas into action. The NIIC’s 55-acre campus is a U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone and a designated Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. The NIIC received global recognition in 2020 as the International Business Innovation Association’s Mixed-Use Entrepreneur Center of the Year and recipient of the prestigious Dinah Adkins Award, one of InBIA’s top two honors.  TheNIIC.org. Click here for The NIIC press kit.


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