Amanda Chocko has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs over the years. Now, her span of influence is going global.
The Director of Entrepreneurship at Lakeshore Advantage has been elected to a three-year term on the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) Board of Directors.
InBIA’s board provides governance and strategic oversight for one of the world’s most prestigious networks of entrepreneurial support professionals.
Chocko “brings a passion to entrepreneurial support that is grounded in her direct entrepreneurial experience, and we look forward to her contributions,” says Charles Ross, Interim President of InBIA.
Lakeshore Advantage has been a member of InBIA since 2007, and Chocko has been active in some of its programming. When the board announced it was looking for nominations for the board of directors, she decided to throw her hat into the ring.
A good fit
Chocko says she was drawn to the opportunity to work with other incubator and entrepreneurship managers throughout the world, and being on the forefront of the latest and greatest innovations.
“It’s great being able to be part of this organization at this level, where I have a bird’s-eye view of other economic development organizations, universities, incubators, and really all types of innovation centers to know best practices, and really cutting edge things that are happening,” Chocko says.
Supporting startups is a good fit for Chocko, who is an entrepreneur at heart and has started a number of her own ventures, including a salon, a dating service, an events and training company, and most recently a nutritional therapy practice called