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Director of the WISE Women’s Business Center Joanne Lenweaver Honored as 2016 Woman of Distinction by Assemblyman Al Stirpe

Director of the WISE Women’s Business Center Joanne Lenweaver Honored as 2016 Woman of Distinction by Assemblyman Al Stirpe

Joanne Lenweaver, director of the Whitman School’s WISE Women’s Business Center, was selected as one of the 2016 Women of Distinction Award recipients and was honored at the 4th Annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony held Saturday, April 16, at the Matilda Joslyn Gage House in Fayetteville, New York. The event was sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe and honors women who have made a positive impact on the local community through service.

“I am honored to be chosen among the five Women of Distinction for 2016 by Assemblyman Stirpe,” says Joanne Lenweaver. “Not only was it humbling to be in the company of the other leaders, it was also very moving to be in the Matilda Joselyn Gage home during the ceremony—she worked for justice and liberty for women everywhere.”

Lenweaver’s passion for entrepreneurship stems from her own experiences of self-employment. She has previously been recognized as a recipient of the 2015 “Successful Business Women” award by BizEventz; WISE Women’s Business Center “Economic Champion” by CenterState CEO in 2013; and the Zonta International “Crystal Award” in 2013.

The WISE Women’s Business Center was founded in 2006 and is one of 105 women’s business centers nationwide funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It’s a program of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Now in its 10th year, the WISE Women’s Business Center has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs through training and educational events, as well as hundreds of clients with one-on-one, free business counseling. In the last fiscal year, 125 individual counseling clients came through the Center with total revenues of more than $47 million dollars in sales; 630 women entrepreneurs were trained.

For more information, visit http://wisecenter.org.