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WIBO 10-Week Entrepreneur Workshop

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WIBO helps you bring your business idea to life through our 10-week “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business” workshop.  For 10 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.

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  • Workgroup leader – class facilitator responsible for homework review and leads the first half of class; 10 week or16-week commitment
  • Discussion leader – Subject matter expert that leads the second half of the class; different instructors for each topic.

Class Format

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

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Marketing & Sales

1.Getting the Facts: Market Research

2.Identifying Your Target Market: The Message

3.Promoting Your Business: The Marketing Campaign

4.Searching for Customers: Prospecting

5.Helping People Buy: Sales

Break Even Analysis

6.Making a Profit: Pricing Strategy

7.Making a Profit: Costs

8.Making a Profit: Financial Decision Making

Financing Your Business

9.Bootstrapping Your Business Startup

10.Ecommerce and Website Development

Waco Online cohort will begin Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Spring 2022 workshops will be held on Tuesdays

(classes subject to enrollment numbers, days are subject to change)

Minimum System Requirements to participate in WIBO online classes

We use Zoom for our classes and here are the best configurations for participating in the workshop.

  • The latest ChromeFirefoxSafari, for desktop/laptop
  • A broadband connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbit or 800kbps
  • webcamera.  Most laptops have built-in webcameras.  If you are using a computer you will need to have a webcamera.
  • Microphone/headphones. Our workshop is highly participatory and you will be required to discuss your answers, ask questions, etc.
  • Wordprocessing software. You will need this software to complete the required writing of your homework assignments.
PC Specific Requirements
  • Platform: Windows 8 or higher with the latest updates installed
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video: Graphics output capability
  • Sound: Sound input/output capability

Mac Specific Requirements

  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.12 or higher with the latest updates installed
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video: Graphics output capability
  • Sound: Sound output capability

If you do not have all of the required equipment apply anyway and let us work with you to find a solution for you to participate.

Ready to Start Your Business?


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 schedule your 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!


Once you receive notification of your acceptance, your next step is to process a payment. The cost for the program is $200.00 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 $35,000.00 or if you believe you are a match for one of the above scholarships.

We have scholarships available

As a nonprofit, we receive grants to help make the workshop affordable for participants. The Workshop fee ranges from $100.00-$200.00 based on household income.  Once accepted, submit scholarship documentation and pay the workshop fee. Once you register for the workshop you will receive information on qualifying for the workshop.

Additional Services Upon Graduation

WIBO, our alumni association, and our partners are here to assist you as soon as you complete the 10-week or 16-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.

Free 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!

At the Brooklyn Business Center operated by Restoration Corp you can meet 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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