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Sara Vescio

Executive Director

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.

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Amanda Crotty


Amanda’s professional experience has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is a management professional known for an unwavering commitment to organizational success and sustained growth. Amanda is a strategic thinker and seasoned project manager who loves helping women succeed.

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Mohammed I Hoque (juwel)

Graduate Marketing Assistant

Mohammed Hoque is the Marketing Assistant at the Women’s Business Center. With six years of experience in digital marketing, he excels in web development, graphics design, and campaign planning. 

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Cheri Carter

Advisory Group: Grow

Cheri Carter is an accomplished, entrepreneurial business leader with a diverse background in empowering teams to address organizational challenges impacting growth and profitability. Her business experience is multifaceted and spans across many business functions: Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Quality, Marketing and Engineering.

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LaToya Fonville

Advisory Group: Launch

Within the Advisory Groups LaToya helps our clients within their first year of business and launching ideas phase. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University at Buffalo. LaToya discovered that her passion was teaching, training, and preaching–while inspiring others to discover their purpose in life as well.


Lisa Churakos

Facilitator / Mentor:
E-Commerce Business Builder

Lisa is a web developer with expertise in E-Commerce, LMS, & Sales funnels. She’s helped over 200 small businesses across NYS build and launch E-Commerce businesses. She specializes in WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, LifterLMS, and Learndash.

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Lynn Rybak

Ignite Session / E-Network

Lynn guides business owners/ professionals to communicate their message within the group as well as in the business community by teaching the skills of effective networking, refining their branding message and practicing sales techniques.

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Megan Leith

Expand Advisory Group

Megan Leith started her entrepreneurial journey in 2017 and has since opened 3 businesses in the Buffalo area.  Her passion is helping other women business owners make connections and providing a community where women feel heard and understood. 

Expanding your business to the next step can be scary and overwhelming but also very exciting. She looks forward to coming to class each day we have an Expand class because she loves working with our clients, local business owners, and being a source of support on your journey of growth. 


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How We Help Women


Launch, Grow, Elevate & Master your business with our advisory and mentorship groups. We have four categories based on specific stages of business development.


Business Development

The ENetwork serves entrepreneurs at all stages of business, who are looking to learn about business development, refine and master their networking skillsets and cultivate business relationships.



The WBC works with entrepreneurs to understand their business financing needs and identify viable options for financing. Clients receive assistance in compiling an effective financial plan through one-on-one consultations from lenders and through seminars on SBA financing options.



The Women’s Business Center is always here to support you and meet you where you are. There are a range of our on demand courses you can take on your own time and at your own pace.


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