“We are delighted to welcome Tomas to the board of the WCEC. His civic leadership, community engagement and knowledge of micro-businesses aligns perfectly with our goals and mission,” WCEC Executive Director Rana Shanawani.
CHATHAM, N.J. (PRWEB) April 20, 2023
The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (WCEC), a 501c3 nonprofit and U.S. Small Business Administration Resource Partner, today announced community relations and civic leader Tomas Porturas has joined its Board. Porturas brings extensive experience in nonprofit board leadership to the WCEC. He currently serves as Wells Fargo’s Community Relations Vice President for New Jersey, responsible for region-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance management, team member volunteerism, and external stakeholder engagement to help strengthen the communities Wells Fargo serves. Porturas also serves on the boards of directors and advisory councils of the UCEDC, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Greater Newark, and the Elizabeth Development Company (EDC).
“Banks have an important role to play in supporting economic opportunity that helps diverse and underserved communities achieve their business goals. The WCEC is all about helping and strengthening businesses in diverse and historically marginalized communities in New Jersey and I am honored to join its board and support its mission,” said Porturas.
The WCEC works with women and BIPOC-owned businesses from start-up to growth stages through its educational resources, business counseling, and technical assistance. The upcoming lineup of webinars covers key topics small business owners need like funding options, marketing, business planning, and branding.
“We are delighted to welcome Tomas to the board of the WCEC. His civic leadership, community engagement and knowledge of micro-businesses aligns perfectly with our goals and mission,” said WCEC Executive Director Rana Shanawani.
The WCEC’s board is made up of eight members with diverse backgrounds and skills who can lend support in mission-critical areas such as marketing, operations, law, finance, fundraising, and management. “By leveraging the skills of Tomas and our other talented business leaders on the board, the WCEC is closer to its vision of a world where all entrepreneurs have the support they need to thrive in business,” said WCEC Board President Alyce Hackett.
About Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp.
The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. As a resource partner for the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WCEC’s mission is to empower women to invest in themselves via entrepreneurship by providing necessary resources for women to successfully start, own, operate, & grow their businesses. The WCEC works with women and BIPOC-owned businesses at the start up stage and existing small businesses looking to scale up by providing educational resources, business counseling, and technical assistance. For more information, visit http://www.wcecnj.org/wbc