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Success Stories

Thousands of WIBO graduates from around the world have built Successful businesses because of what they learned and implemented from our 16-week workshop.  We’re highlighting some of the success stories of WIBO graduates.

Honoring 25+ Years as Business Owners

In 2019 we honored 3 WIBO graduates that have been in business for more than 25 years. Their growth and perseverance over two plus decades is testimony that #WIBOWORKS

Our honorees were :
Todd Jones, Owner of Cuzin’s Duzins – 27 years
Jennifer Singleton, Owner of Jennifer Temps – 28 years
Mary Dryden, Owner of Dryden Gallery – 31 years

WIBO Built Business Articles

Lea White Young

Lea White Young Owner / Business Cultivating Strategist  My name is Lea White Young.  I am a Business Cultivating Strategist.  My company, Square Biz Exchange, works with entrepreneurs who want to build and leverage a powerful professional network.  My program is meant to sustain and develop further ongoing businesses.   Leaders emerge with the skills,…

Natalie Pryce

Affiliate Partner & Volunteer WIBO Bridgeport, Connecticut Natalie Pryce Pryceless Consulting, LLC. Natalie is the recipient of a One Hundred Women of Color Award and honored as one of Fairfield Country’s 40 under 40. In addition to her accomplishments, she is a TEDx Speaker.  Natalie established Pryceless Consulting in 2009.  Pryceless Consulting offers coaching and…

The Grant Family

WIBO Built Business Stories The Grant Family   The Grant family is proud to be a part of the WIBO Legacy. Dr. Stacie NC Grant was the first to enroll in WIBO in Spanish Harlem in 1995 and graduated as the Class Speaker. Andrew Grant graduated from WIBO in Queens, NY in 2004, and their…

Tinnette Spann

2012 WIBO Graduate Tinnette Spann Ms. Spudz – Everything Potato “No” Gravy At a very young age, the spirit of entrepreneurship was embedded in my vision.   After spending some time working in the corporate world, I realized it was time to put the effort towards my business goals.  I embarked on a journey to share my…

Precious L Williams

2011 WIBO Graduate and Volunteer Precious L. Williams, Founder/CEO Perfect Pitches By Precious, LLC I created Perfect Pitches by Precious in 2013 as a by-product of my 1st business “Curvy Girlz Lingerie” a line of intimate apparel for full-figured divas and plus-size fashionistas. I had no capital when I started CGL in 2011, so I entered pitch competitions…

Stephen Jackson

1992 WIBO Graduate and Volunteer Stephen Jackson Chief Executive Officer Stephen is a visionary leader who raises the bar with knowledge, perseverance, passion, and more. His professional achievements are an inspiration to all.  Stephen has supported the business community for over 30 years.  He has a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as sales, marketing,…

Sherwin XL

2005 WIBO Graduate, Sherwin XL Actor, Stand Up Comedian & Recording Artist. Best known for appearances in the Award Winning Web-Comedy Series: “Pop Pop Dirty Foots” (Filmed By: Chris Frederick), Multi-Award Winning Film: “The Starks Coalition” and Production Assistant of Harris Haith Productions Award-Winning Documentary “Land of the Legendary: Roosevelt Strong Island”.    In 2015, Sherwin…

Rocky and Keshia Miller

Meet 2020 WIBO Graduates &    Waco, Texas Affiliate/Partner Rocky and Keshia Miller  East Waco Empowerment Project  In 2004, we opened Prosperity Tax Service in Waco, Texas to provide our community with tax preparation and long-term wealth-building services. Our business continued a steady growth throughout the years.  In 2015, we established our second business called Prosperity…

Lauren Spearman

2020 WIBO Graduate, St. Louis, Mo. Lauren Spearman, Founder/CEO Lauren Spearman, LLC. Becoming an entrepreneur has been a life-changing experience for me. I am known as “The Bounce Back Advocate”, a Coach and Inspirational Speaker. I created my company to help people challenge their perspectives and limitations. My inner drive to create and forge my…

Ron Johnson

2010 WIBO Graduate and Volunteer Ron Johnson Founder/CEO Triton Consulting NYC, LLC I decided entrepreneurship was the best route for me while working in the corporate world. I had always dreamt of running my own business, a restaurant, something small and simple…serving awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. While researching and gathering information on the restaurant industry,…

Anthony T Kirby

1996 Graduate and Volunteer Anthony T. Kirby, Founder The Philadelphia PA-based FINICKEY is a curated and hand-crafted men’s ready-to-wear and bespoke haberdashery collection.  Anthony attended the famed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  He honed his skills by working for iconic men’s designers and retailers including Peter Elliot, Ralph Lauren, and Crockett & Jones.…

Michael Bendit

WIBO Volunteer Highlight  Michael Bendit Managing Director & Founder of Software Development Resources, Inc. Michael started his business consultancy in 1993 to help technology clients carve out market niches and launch new products and services. He later launched Software Development Resources to assist businesses in sourcing teams for web and mobile development projects. A consummate…

Todd Jones

1993 Graduate & Volunteer  Todd Jones aka the Donutologist is well known for his tasty mini donut treats all over the U.S.  He brings over 40 years of expertise, passion, and innovation, catching the attention of many well-known celebrities and media such as Oprah Magazine. I am from Harlem, NY.  I am an avid reader…

Duane Knight

2013 Graduate & Volunteer Please join us in recognizing one of WIBO’s highly valued volunteers who is using his talents as the country’s few professional funeral photographers. Duane Knight, Founder of Duane Knight Funeral Photography and Author of 3 Self-Published Photography Books I launched my photography business in 1995 to capture the spirit of Christianity…

Dr Mallalieu Woolfolk

Dr. Mallalieu Woolfolk,   Co-Founder As we celebrate and honor the great achievements of African Americans during this Black History Month, it is fitting to reflect and pay tribute to WIBO’s co-founder, Dr. Mallalieu Woolfolk, Attorney at Law.  Dr. Woolfolk was the Executive Director of the Upper Manhattan Small Business Development and Opportunities Corporation, which gave…

Dr Sandi Webster

1993 WIBO Graduate, Volunteer, and Business Advisory Council  (BAC) Member  Dr. Sandi Webster   Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Pandi LLC Co-Author of Black and White Strike Gold   A dear friend and WIBO graduate introduced the 16-week Workshop to me as a program that would help with entrepreneurial empowerment. I can appreciatively say WIBO helps entrepreneurs grow…

Lawrence McCutchen

1990 & 2007 WIBO Graduate/Volunteer Lawrence McCutchen President and CEO of MySideHustile.com  Founder of TeamHustle.com I took WIBO in 1990 and it left such an indelible impression on me that I returned in 2007 to refresh the high points that I had learned.  Attending the Workshop again played an integral part in me creating MySideHustle.com in…

Elroye Jones

1993 WIBO Graduate and Volunteer Elroye Jones  Instructional Trainer & Instructional Designer Why did you become a volunteer with WIBO? I volunteered as a “Workgroup leader” serving  Queens, NY right after graduating from the Workshop in 1993.  My experience as a participant in the Workshop program showed me what an amazing organization WIBO is, and how much great…

Mariah McLean

2020 WIBO Graduate  Mariah McLean Founder & Chief Integrity Stylist  MaXximized Hair Studio  I have been self-employed for approximately 5 years. I officially launched the new MaXximized Hair Studio in 2018, pivoting from a mobile salon to a brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn, New York.  I wanted to operate with the best structure in place so…

Tamia Coleman-Hawkins

Introducing St. Louis 2020 WIBO Graduate Tamia Coleman-Hawkins, 14-year-old     Founder & CEO of Mia’s Treats Delight  With the strong support of her mother, Tamishio Hawkins, Tamia was encouraged to create a livelihood that would feed her passion. Taking beloved tricks and tips from her grandmother, Tamia developed a recipe that was uniquely her own.…

Todd Pemberton

Meet 2003 WIBO Graduate and Volunteer 2010 Walter Geier Inspiration Award Recipient Todd Pemberton Founder & President Bugs Are Gone Exterminating, LLC My entrepreneurial journey started with a very simple objective. I wanted to work for myself and build a sustainable business that would serve my community. I took the WIBO Program to improve my entrepreneurial knowledge…

Al Laporte

Meet 1978 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…

Melisa Jamison

Meet United States Navy Veteran June 2020 WIBO Graduate  Melisa Jamison I had the honor of serving in the United States Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) as a Hospital Corpsman. I first learned of WIBO when I saw signs posted in my community, which I found later was placed there by…

Tann McLean

Meet Veteran and 2017 WIBO Graduate I had the honor and privilege of serving in active duty, and as a reservist in The United States Army. What compelled you to enroll in WIBO? As a result of a friend’s recommendation, I took the WIBO 16-weeks Program.  I wanted to start and develop my business on…

Michael Logan

2015 WIBO Graduate Michael Logan, Owner of Logan Photography and Video (Drones) I am an educator with a vast knowledge of technology.  I ran into trouble with the law and served time in prison.  When released, I became determined to restart and improve life for myself, my family, and my community.  My search for avenues…

Lucien Harriot

2002 WIBO Graduate & Volunteer  Lucien Harriot Lucien Harriot, The Artist, and Business owner A New York City-based production studio providing design, visual effects, and new development for the film, television, and advertising industry. I founded my business in 1996 and enjoyed moderate success.  In the wake of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, my business…

Suzanne Alleyne

2018 WIBO Graduate  Suzanne Alleyne Suzanne Alleyne, LMT, PHP, RMT I am a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Susu Hands, Inc. Taking WIBO’s 16-Weeks Workshop allowed me to make the necessary changes to my business to ensure its success. The “Breakeven” sessions took the mystery out of financial analysis and provided a powerful tool for developing a…

Linnette Harrigan

2010 WIBO Graduate, Linnette Harrigan I am the CEO and Founder of  Linnette Harrigan Media Inc., specializing in the music industry and media.  I am a performing artist, on and off-Broadway, both in the US and Europe.  In addition, I am also a composer and songwriter. Before attending WIBO in 2010, I wanted to transition my career to an…

Zahra Amanpour

2007 & 2012 WIBO Graduate Zahra Amanpour Revisioning Post COVID-19 – My Business Journey by Zahra Amanpour For the past eight-plus years, I have focused a huge amount of energy and capacity on building my business, Indiegrove.  Every decision was based on my vision and desire to make it stronger and reach more people. We built a community. We built a…

Aniceto Charles

2019 WIBO Waco Graduate Aniceto Charles, Jr.  Aniceto Charles’ new authentic Jamaican Restaurant “Tru-Jamaica” was opened in January 2020. The response was immediately positive and business was flourishing.  Three months later, the State-ordered lockdown and subsequent indoor dining restrictions took a tremendous toll on the restaurant’s revenue. Aniceto credits the power of God and WIBO’s training…

Tracey Boyce Mejia

2018 WIBO Graduate Tracey Boyce Mejia Tracey Boyce Mejia Founder and Creative Director of Perry Boyce   Home fragrance luxe brand offering scented candles, room sprays, bath salts, and gift items. Tracey launched Perry Boyce in 2016, and the business had difficulty sustaining itself.  As a direct result of graduating from the WIBO Workshop in 2018, Tracey’s business sales soared…

Tamika Mapp

2010 WIBO Graduate, Workgroup & Discussion Leader Tamika Mapp Tamika is a military veteran, a true entrepreneur, and a community activist who was recently elected to State Committeewoman now running for City Council. Tamika has fought hard for every success – one of perseverance and overcoming adversity. Tamika’s drive to help entrepreneurs grow their business is…

Rupinder Singh

2019 WIBO Graduate Rupinder Singh, Owner The Demure Collection Luxury E-commerce Womenswear Apparel specializing in limited quantities of carefully-curated clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories Adapting to the “new normal” has several connotations for entrepreneur Rupinder Singh who recently established her online boutique, The Demure Collection last month.  In February 2020, Rupinder relocated from New York City…

Princess Jenkins

WIBO Graduate Spotlight Princess Jenkins, Owner of the Brownstone, located in heart of Harlem, NYC Recapturing the magic of customer experiences post Covid-19 The Brownstone has come through hard times and often traumatic events before but today what feels different is the timeline.  Forced to shut down operations for 3 months, faced with a limited…

Elizabeth Tristch

2019 Graduate When it comes to having an entrepreneurial spirit, dating & relationship coach, Elizabeth Tritsch is the perfect example of someone who had this drive from a young age. In addition to this drive, she has always wanted to help people and make a difference. Elizabeth Tristch Founder of Dare to Date Differently  Named…

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