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WIBO Builds Businesses

Your donation to WIBO is an investment in local communities. We create entrepreneurs, who create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods. #wiboworks

What We Do

WIBO Helps anyone with a passion, desire, talent or skill to create a growing profitable business through our 16-week workshop titled “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business.” We empower culturally diverse neighborhoods that historically suffer from disparities in employment,  household income, and economic despair to grow by creating successful small businesses that hire and contribute to their communities.

How We Help Communities

WIBO conducts two workshop cohorts per year in different neighborhoods. Participants spend three hours once a week for 16 weeks working on starting their business. The homework they complete each week brings them closer to using all available resources to start or grow their business.

WIBO graduates get access to additional workshops and counseling to help them grow their businesses. Additionally, WIBO partners provide valuable services like business plan development and credit counseling.  We constantly grow our network of volunteers and resources ensuring the success of our graduates.

How You Can Help

Your donation to WIBO is an investment in helping underserved communities achieve economic growth.  Your donation assists families with providing a source of income, jobs to other people in their community, and economic growth.  Your donation helps a recently incarcerated person from going back to prison by providing them with the knowledge and means to create a business of their own and becoming a productive citizen. Your donation helps a women entrepreneur develop the skills necessary to be a successful business owner.

  • A  $5,000.00 donation funds an entire 16-week class for 15 people
  • A  $1,000.00 donation funds an entire 16-week class for 3 people.
  • A  $500.00 donation funds an entire 16-week class for 1 person
  • A  $100.00 donation buys workbooks for 5 people.

A Few WIBO Success Stories

Bogota Bistro
Bogota Bistro is one of WIBO’s most successful restaurant graduate owners. They graduated from the program over 10 years ago
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Good Home Company
Christine graduated from the program nearly 20 years ago. She was working as a marketing manager at the Citicorp building in Manhattan
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Items of Interest
Susie Kurkowski graduated from WIBO in the spring of 2013. Soon thereafter, she immediately opened Items of Interest, which also houses DesignCorp
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Ms. Spudz
I decided to deliberately sell “potatoes” in every way possible, and WIBO helped me to breakdown and rebuild a viable concept with the in-depth real-world and real-time research
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Perfect Pitches by Precious
The classes were tough and I needed that, tough love and reality checks. I looked forward to every class because trying to run a business on my own was crazy!!!  I made so many mistakes.  With WIBO, those mistakes lessened considerably.
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Shandel Pitts
Leadership training came to me at the perfect time. I wanted to change and needed a push in the right direction to do it.
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Sparkle Spot
Shernell Sheffield was working a full-time job in a law-office when she heard of the WIBO 16-Week Workshop. Starting out
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T & D Madison Paralegal Services
Diallo is one of WIBO's  Gutenstein Foundation Entrepreneurial Re-entry Program Success stories. In August of 2010, Diallo heard about WIBO during a reentry event at Osborne Association
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Our organization earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and vision, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the world. Check out our updated GuideStar Profile https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/6907461

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