WIBO Graduate and Volunteer – Al Laporte The Alp Group
WIBO is honored and grateful to one of our long service volunteers still serving with us today. In over 4 decades of service to WIBO, Al Laporte has worn a lot of hats. From Workgroup Leader conducting cohorts on Indian Reservations across the U.S. to Discussion Leader engaging budding entrepreneurs in the classroom, there’s hardly a part of the WIBO Program that Al hasn’t touched. He wholeheartedly believes in the importance of volunteering and has no plans to slow down.
Why did you become a WIBO volunteer?
I had partnered in a remodeling business with a college buddy. After several years in business together, I ventured out on my own. Then, I met the late Walter Geier, who encouraged me to take various WIBO classes. The courses helped tremendously and allowed me to enjoy many years of business success.
Entrepreneurship is a path to economic empowerment for many residents in the WIBO Communities. My main goal in volunteering was to help to build a better future for individuals. I wanted to give back the invaluable business principles I have learned from WIBO.
What is your most memorable moment or favorite story of being a volunteer?
My sense of family in WIBO allows me to meet many people who own businesses and shared ideas and experiences with them. I would say that this year would go down as the most memorable. WIBO’s ability to transition its Workshop seamlessly online has helped many people impacted by Covid-19. It allows WIBO to have a greater impact on the communities it serves.
What message would you give to a volunteer just starting?
When you do a WIBO Program, you not only benefit your audience, but you develop yourself. You master existing skills, build new ones that will come into use in the future.