Sara Vescio has been serving as the Executive Director for the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College since November of 2013, and served as the Program Director for a year prior. Sara leads the Center with a vision to create connections and collaborations that support economic opportunities, and programs that drive business growth, for women through all stages of business ownership.
Sara has developed many relationships within the business community of Western New York in an effort to pool these resources into the Center’s programming to provide the greatest impact for the area’s entrepreneurs. Connections with collaborative partners such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) Buffalo District’s resource partners, Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA), Launch NY, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), local lenders, corporate sponsors and other business owners are what contribute to making the Women’s Business Center the “home of women entrepreneurship.” Sara grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs and while she runs the small business called the Women’s Business Center she faces many of the struggles her clients face, such as limited resources in time, team members and money. With that in mind, Sara has committed to offering innovative programs with thorough content delivery that focuses on solutions for hurdles women business owners face. Each WBC program offers education and support leaving the business owner empowered to growth their business.
Sara has been recognized in the community for her leadership from the SBA’s Buffalo District as the Women’s Champion of the Year in 2014 and Daemen College’s Executive Leadership & Change Alumna of Distinction in 2015. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Business Centers, Women’s Action Committee of Erie County, Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and a Board Committee Member of her son’s Cub Scouts Pack.
Sara earned her Master of Science in Executive Leadership & Change at Daemen College and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with a minor in Sociology, from Niagara University.