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WIBO 10-Week Workshop

You start with

The business idea

WIBO helps you bring your business idea to life through our 10-week or 16-weeks “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business” workshop.  For 10 or 16 weeks you and others will be learning and putting into action the steps to start your business or improve an existing business. Participants in the WIBO 10-week or 16-Week Workshop gain a solid foundation to start and grow a profitable business.

Volunteer faculty model

  • Workgroup leader – class facilitator responsible for homework review and leads first half of class; 16-week commitment
  • Discussion leader – Subject matter expert that leads second half of the class; different instructor for each topic.

Class Format

  • 3 hours
  • 1 ½ hours homework discussion / 1 ½ hours new topic discussion
  • Highly participatory
  • Case study based discussion

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What you will learn

Ready to Start or Grow Your Business?

1. Complete the application

This will tell us a little information about your business and your interest in WIBO. This will help us assess your readiness for the WIBO 10-Week Workshop.

At the end of the application, there will be a $25.00 non-refundable deposit to complete your submission. Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to schedule your interview.

2. The Interview

This is where we get to know you and your business personally. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions about WIBO.

WIBO is a rigorous program designed for people with serious passion and purpose who are committed to being successful business owners. If after our discussion, we determine WIBO isn’t a good fit, no worries. We’ll suggest other resources that can be helpful. We certainly encourage you to come back to us once you have a solid idea and you are really ready to commit yourself to success. If WIBO is a fit, you move on to the next step!

3. Pay and Register!

Once you receive notification of your acceptance, your next step is to process a payment. The cost for the program is $350.00 however, we have need-based scholarships available.

  • Income-based scholarship
  • Patriots Program, a scholarship for veterans
  • Gutenstein Family Reentry Program, a scholarship for people recently released from incarceration

Please let us know during the interview process if your income is below $50,000.00 or if you believe you are a match for one of the above scholarships.

Additional Services Upon Graduation

WIBO, the alumni association, and our partners are here to assist you as soon as you complete the 10-week workshop. Here are some of the services you will have access to upon completion of the workshop.

WIBO Academy

WIBO Academy is our online learning platform where you can improve your entrepreneur knowledge and skills through our advanced courses.  These courses are designed to help you grow your business past the initial start-up phase and get on the way to a successful growing company.

Access to Financial Counseling

At the Financial Empowerment Center operated by Restoration Corp while enrolled in the 16-week workshop. You can meet one-on-one with a financial counselor who can help you

  • Establish or improve your credit history/score
  • Create a personal budget
  • Open a bank account
  • Reduce your debt
  • Prepare your taxes for free
  • Organize your personal and business finances

Free Business Center Counseling!

Monthly one-on-one with a business center counselor who can help you:

  • Develop a Business Plan
  • Assist in the selection and formation of a corporation
  • Access capital providers and assist with financial documents
  • Strategy and Networking
  • MWBE application assistance
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