The Dallas/Fort Worth LiftFund Women’s Business Center (WBC) is dedicated to supporting business owners, especially women and minorities, through business education and business consulting. Since 2018, the WBC has been serving the Dallas/Fort Worth 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 Dallas/Ft. Worth 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 Dallas/Fort Worth Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Staff

Tarsha Polk

Director

Tarsha Polk is an experienced professional with over 20 years of combined marketing, sales, corporate training and entrepreneurial expertise. As an entrepreneur, author, business coach and international speaker, she is passionate about empowering others to succeed in business and life.

Tarsha currently serves as the Director of the LiftFund Dallas Fort Worth Women’s Business Center. As director, Tarsha provides support and guidance to entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their businesses, and connect them to additional business and financial resources in their community.

Tarsha is an engage member of the local business community and has received numerous awards including 40 Under 40 in Collin County, Business of the Year from the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce, Women in the Media Award and the Leadership Award from National Association of Women Business Owners. She is the immediate past-president of NAWBO’s Dallas chapter, and currently serves on the Dallas Independent School District’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee. Tarsha lists winning a contract with the National Football League for Super Bowl XLV as her biggest career defining moment to date. 

In her free time, she volunteers with organizations helping high school students and military veterans learn about entrepreneurship.  

Gabriela Diaz

Business Advisor

Gabriela Diaz serves as the Business Advisor of the LiftFund Women’s Business Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In her role, she supports entrepreneurs in launching and growing their business. 

Prior to her position at LiftFund, Gabriela spent the past three years growing her family’s small business from a startup to a sustainable operation. In addition to her experience as a small business owner, Gabriela has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, as well as master’s degrees in accounting and business management. Gabriela is originally from Dallas and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys challenging herself with new hobbies, as well as spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.

Advisory Board

Sheka Hart

Frost Bank

David Jackson

Allied Supply Chain Support & Services

Jerry Hosek

East Texas Cattle Company

Art Bean

AL Bean Company

Shanthi Rajaram

Amazech Technologies

Krystian Reyes

Woodforest National Bank

Jin-Ya Huang

Break Bread Break Borders

Twana Allen

Law Offices of Twana Allen