WBC Overview

The LiftFund Women’s Business Center (WBC) is dedicated to supporting business owners, especially women and minorities, through business education and business consulting. Since 2008, the WBC has been serving the San Antonio small business community with consultations and trainings to entrepreneurs at all stages of their business. Whether you need a start-up business plan, or advice and seminars on business and market planning to grow your business, we are here for you.

The WBC is a program of LiftFund, a non-profit small business lender, and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. We provide innovative business support services like technical and soft skill trainings, accelerator programs, individual consultations, and strategic partnerships with other small business service providers. The LiftFund Women’s Business Center is funded in part by the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.

Staff

Margot Slosson

Margot Slosson

Director

In her role as director of the Women’s Business Center, Margot helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses by providing individual consultation, trainings and unique programming to equip business owners with the skills, knowledge and tools they need to be successful.

Prior to her position at LiftFund, Margot spent three years as the membership and international programs coordinator for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Margot is a graduate of Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She received her master’s degree in business administration from the Greehey MBA for Values-driven Leaders at St. Mary’s University. Margot has owned and operated two start-up business ventures and continues to work on entrepreneurial projects in her free time.

Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta

Business Advisor

In his role as a Business Advisor, Carlos assists entrepreneurs in navigating business challenges and pursuing new growth opportunities. He was recently awarded “Business Support Champion of the Year” in 2016 by LiftFund’s leadership and staff.

Prior to his position at LiftFund, Carlos participated in Public Allies, a leadership program of AmeriCorps. From 2008 to 2013, Carlos served in the United States Navy as a logistics specialist (LS). He is a member of the 2017 National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders Colegio cohort.

Lisa D. O’Briant

Lisa D. O’Briant

Operations Manager, LiftOff

Lisa serves as the Operations Manager for LiftOff, the WBC’s co-working space for entrepreneurs. In her role, she helps small business owners secure affordable, flexible commercial office space and connect with community resources to help their businesses grow.

Lisa began her career at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in 2006 as the Department Assistant for the Small Business Department. As she was promoted through the ranks, she worked with small businesses, connecting them with opportunities and resources in the community. In 2009, Lisa was solely responsible for closing down the operations in the Small Business department, and merging some of those operations into the larger Economic Development department where she was brought on as the Assistant Vice President.

In 2013, Lisa transitioned her background in workforce development into the Manager of Administrative Services at Provenir, a recruiting & staffing company who specializes in health care. After working in the private sector for almost 3 years, Lisa returned to the non-profit/public side of business. She is an alumna of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology, with a focus on History and Spanish. She also recently received her certification in Human Resources Management.

Advisory Board

Aric J. Garza

Aric J. Garza

Garza Law PLLC

Dar Miller CCIM

Dar Miller CCIM

Quality Commercial Real Estate Services

Laura Cabanilla

Laura Cabanilla

Wells Fargo

Marshall Pipkin

Marshall Pipkin

Lone Star National Bank