PRESIDENT’S REPORT Swift, as the founding President of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), exemplifies the meaning of the Alcorn Award. Formed in 1995, WBDC fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and cultivate existing ones. In 1999, under Swift’s leadership, the WBDC created the WBEC as a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council that facilitates the relationship between corporations, government agencies and women-owned businesses. A WBENC co-founder and regional partner, the WBDC with its WBEC, administers WBENC’s National Certification Standard in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. Tapping into the resources of her own business, the community, business organizations, and all levels of government and the corporate sector, Swift has been and continues to be a leader in supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurial business ventures. She has received honors and has been recognized as a Woman’s Business Advocate from many business and professional organizations. In 1997 Swift served on the Steering Committees that created WBENC and the Association of Women Business Centers. Locally, Swift has served as an appointed member of Governor Ed Rendell’s Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Council. Swift is also an appointed member of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, the WBENC Board of Directors and the WBEC PA-DE-sNJ.
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