ECDI Promotes Nicole Liatos to Director of the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio!
To WBC/ECDI, Clients and Community Partners, 

On behalf of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) , we are excited to announce Nicole Liatos as the Director of the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio.

Nicole’s responsibilities include implementing new WBC entrepreneurship curriculums and programming, one-on-one coaching, organizing and leading training and workshops, and managing the day-to-day operations. Nicole will cultivate relationships within the community and work to ensure WBC is able to execute on its goals to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business today; by providing the much-needed support system, coaching, and fundamentals that the WBC offers.

“ECDI launched our first Women’s Business Center in 2012, with the aim to provide women entrepreneurs access to ECDIs financing options with the tools and resources to grow strong, sustainable businesses. Today, we have three centers Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Team ECDI is excited to promote Nicole to Director of WBC Northern Ohio. Through her involvement with the WBC, Nicole has connected to our mission and the women we serve,” says Inna Kinney, Founder & CEO.

Nicole has worked closely with the WBC for the past two and half years as the Program Manager. As an entrepreneurial-minded individual, Nicole brings a vast knowledge of business strategy. She has worked across a range of industries to deliver programs that aligned with the organization’s strategic vision. 

We are excited to welcome Nicole to our leadership team and look forward to her advancement of our mission and vision in Northern Ohio!

Nicole is based at our ECDI Cleveland Office:
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Best Regards,
Danielle Sydnor, Executive Director
ECDI Northern Ohio
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