For Immediate Release
September 14, 2016
The Refinery Business Center announces new Director
MARION, IN – The Refinery Business Center announced a new Director of Community Relations Wednesday. Marion native
and Indiana Wesleyan graduate, Jess Holland is excited to get started as Director of The Refinery. “I’m looking forward to
meeting Grant County entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Holland. After graduating from Eastbrook High
School and IWU, where she earned a General Studies Degree with a focus in Graphic Design, she continued to work in
Marion and has become a strong advocate for Marion and is eager to get involved in building the community. “I just love this
community and see so much potential and opportunity for growth,” said Holland. She hopes to serve Marion and Grant
County by working with other local organizations to provide resources to create and grow jobs in the community. As she gets
started in her role at The Refinery, she’d be so excited if you stopped by and introduced yourself. “Connecting with
entrepreneurs and business owners will be a big focus of my role here,” she said.
Coincidentally, former Director, Alexis Deirker, is leaving to devote more time to growing her photography business, Alexis
Imagery. Alexis will also be supporting another successful local entrepreneur, Cathy Kerton-Johnson, by working at The
Bridge Cafe in Upland. Executive Director, Shelby Bowen, is excited about the changes at The Refinery. “The fact that Jess is
our new Director and Alexis is staying Grant County are huge wins for our community,” he said. Bowen explained that one
of the purposes of The Refinery is to provide opportunities for graduates to stay in Grant County. “If we can create
opportunities and connections for young people to stay here and make a difference, we are helping to build a better future for
The Refinery, located at 2301 S. Western Ave. You can learn more about The Refinery at www.therefinerycenter.com or by
contacting Jess Holland at Jess@therefinerycenter.com or (765) 251-0954.
The Refinery Business Center is a co-working space with a mission to provide entrepreneurs and business owners with the important
resources to build sustainable and thriving businesses. The Refinery is the perfect place for small or startup businesses for two reasons: First, easy access to like-minded professionals who are willing to collaborate and share innovative ideas; Second, unlimited access to all amenities necessary for building and growing small and startup businesses.
About IWU: Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University, founded in 1920, is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University’s main campus in Marion, Indiana. Nearly 12,500 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.
About the Foundation: The Foundation is an advocate for local philanthropy and dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant
County area. Since 1984, the Foundation has been working with donors to establish charitable funds and has supported non-profit
organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts. Learn more at www.givetogrant.org