Joanne Tica is a specialty business advisor at the Northwest Indiana SBDC since 2021. In this position, Joanne works with start up and established businesses who are seeking minority and women's certification to assist with business growth. Joanne is an experienced strategic consultant and a capacity building growth specialist who has worked with the small business community for the past twelve years. She is a former commercial real estate banker and has experience with SBA loan readiness. Joanne has a BA in Psychology from Purdue University, an MA in Workforce Training and Organizational Development from Roosevelt University (Chicago) and is completing her doctorate in Adult and Community Education at Ball State University. She also has a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership and Transformation. Joanne enjoys international travel (as often as she can), spending time with family (including her daughter and her two dogs, Scout and Jem) and friends, and exploring the restaurant scene in Chicago and NW Indiana.