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Workshop in Business Opportunities

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Veterans & Military Families
  • Women


22 CORTLANDT ST STE 1605NEW YORK, NY 10007 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs from under-served communities to obtain financial success by starting, operating, and building successful businesses that develop economic power, provide jobs, and improve communities.


Founded in 1966 in Harlem, 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.

We offer a myriad of services including our flagship 16-week Workshop, "How to Build a Growing Profitable Business." Other services include business coaching, legal and accounting clinics, monthly seminars, networking events, and other business support activities. Since 1966, we have trained over 17,000 entrepreneurs who have created nearly 32,000 jobs.

In 2012, WIBO developed a strategic partnership with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL). While WIBO is a separate 501(c)(3) entity, it operates as a program supported by the IFEL Family of Programs.

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. Through one-on-one coaching and mentoring, IFEL helps ambitious entrepreneurs identify, obtain, and leverage the resources necessary to create sustainable and profitable businesses for the purposes of creating jobs and wealth in the communities that IFEL serves. IFEL has a special outreach effort targeting traditionally underserved women and minority business owners, as well as inner city and urban enterprise zone communities. Learn more about the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership at www.ifelnj.org.

The two organizations together offer a high touch, hands-on support continuum designed to empower community based entrepreneurs to start, operate and grow profitable businesses. Our goal is to equip our clients with the knowledge, networks and capital they need to overcome traditional barriers to entrepreneurial success.


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