To be the leading provider of training and mentoring for entrepreneurs dedicated to starting and growing local businesses that change lives, create jobs and improve communities.
Founded in 1966 in Harlem New York by Walter Geier and Mallalieu Woolfolk, the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) is a private non-profit organization that is committed to assisting men and women with the drive to become successful entrepreneurs.
For 50+ years, Workshop In Business Opportunities (WIBO) has been dedicated to teaching people with a passion and strong entrepreneurial spirit how to start, operate, and grow profitable businesses. Our objective is to help more people become successful entrepreneurs; the goal is to create greater economic opportunity, improve local communities, and change lives.
We help community‐based entrepreneurs and small business owners increase their access to knowledge, networks, and capital, and we work with them to navigate their way to entrepreneurial success. Their success can provide economic stimulus at a local level and lays the foundation for empowered, thriving communities.
Our entrepreneurs are mostly people who see starting a business as an avenue to a better life. We support mom and pop entrepreneurs in underserved communities who seek to bring Main Street back to life while fueling their local economies and seeing their dreams become reality.
- 86% of our participants identify as black or Hispanic
- 70% are women
- 73% have income below $50,000 (at the time of enrollment)
- 63% are not yet in business (at the time of enrollment)