Center Targets 'Very Specific' Entrepreneurial Gap

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The center is located at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and serves nearly the entire state. The center is located at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and serves nearly the entire state.

The statewide Women's Economic Opportunity Center for Indiana is now open in Fort Wayne. The center, which is funded through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, will support women and immigrants looking to start or expand a business.

The WEOC is based at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne and is led by Executive Director Lisa Gomez-Osborn.

In an interview last month with Inside INdiana Business, NIIC Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mike Fritsch said the new center will help entrepreneurs from concept to completion and fill a "very specific" gap that exists in Indiana. Services include counseling, mentoring, coaching and business development assistance. It will also help set clients up with information and expertise related to legal, financial, capital, marketing, business planning and management.

Its footprint will include the whole state, except for counties covered by the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, which is connected to the Indy Chamber and serves entrepreneurs in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Brown, Putnam, Boone and Shelby counties.

The WEOC will offer support tools online and through partners to serve 83 Hoosier counties.

You can connect to more on the Women's Economic Opportunity Center for Indiana and the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center by clicking here.

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