For women in all areas of entrepreneurship.
The Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC), in partnership with The NIIC, serves women entrepreneurs at all stages of their venture paths.
From ideation and startup through growth and expansion, WEOC was designed to understand and respond to the unique needs of women entrepreneurs. We do this through business growth coaching, training and entrepreneurial education, connectivity and access to capital.
We help you define your unique pathway then provide resources and connectivity for your venture's success using our proprietary Entrepreneurial Pathway - Assess. Discover. Do.™
If you're ready to get started, click here to schedule a meeting with a business coach.
Meet Leslee Hill, WEOC Director
Leslee Hill worked as a Product Developer for companies such as Speigel Catalog, Icelandic Design and Vera Bradley. After leaving corporate America, she worked for a local start-up and eventually owned and operated her own company for 4 years.
GET CONNECTED WITH OUR WEOC TEAM
NETWORKING AND CONNECTIVITY.
Being an entrepreneur can be an isolating venture. It’s not uncommon to experience loneliness. Get connected at The NIIC with our entrepreneurial network and connections to professional resources, locally and nationwide.
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS give entrepreneurs and WEOC members the opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals in supportive, welcoming environments. Our resource partners also offer various opportunities, some of which are featured in our event calendar.
WEOC LAUNCH WOMEN ANNUAL PITCH COMPETITION was created to help address the hurdle of access to capital that many female founders experience starting their businesses. Congratulations to 2017 Launch Women Pitch Competition Winners Ashley Spurr, Founder, Elevare, and Alice Martin-Page, Founder, Stay-Cation. Stay tuned for details about the August 2018 program.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
To best serve you, we work with area resource partners, like SCORE, Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Northeast Indiana, and the U.S. SBA. We also have connections to further resources throughout Indiana. WEOC is an official U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Women’s Business Center – One of only two in the state of Indiana, and strategically located at The NIIC. WEOC is funded, in part, by a cooperative agreement with the
U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA offers various resources for small business owners. You can find more information on the SBA website by clicking here.
Additional funding for WEOC is provided by The NIIC and through The NIIC Ideas@Work Signature Event Series.
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL PATHWAY - ASSESS. DISCOVER. DO.™
Our Entrepreneurial Pathway offers the methodology and tools to help increase your likelihood of success during ideation, incubation, and commercialization.
MENTORSHIPS - Through The NIIC’s network of local and national professionals offers guidance and professional development. Our new mentoring workshop series February 2018 through July 2018 will help you learn how mentorship can help accelerate your business growth and get started with a program.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL - We work with micro-lenders, traditional banking partners and angel investors to connect and inform small business owners and entrepreneurs with strategic financing resources and options. One example is our close working relationship with resource partner, BrightPoint.