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Founded in 1966 in Harlem New York by Walter Geier and Mallalieu Woolfolk, 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.
WIBO’s mission is to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs from underserved communities to obtain financial success by starting, operating, and building successful businesses that develop economic power, provide jobs and improve communities
Our flagship program is the WIBO 16-Week Workshop, “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business.” Upon completion of the Workshop, WIBO Alumni have access to additional resources including business coaching, mentoring, webinars, networking, and other business support services. Since 1966, we have trained nearly 18,000 entrepreneurs who have created over 34,000 jobs.
We thank all the generous foundations, corporations and individual donors that support the WIBO mission and the amazing volunteers who make this great opportunity possible.
Together, we are changing lives and making a difference.
Walter Geier started his own sales and management training business which he operated for 40 years. Among his many clients were Canada Dry, General Electric, General Foods, IBM, International Paper, SOHIO, and Sylvania Electric.
He is a founder of Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO). He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Marketing and Management at Baruch College, CUNY, for 11 years. In 1998, he was named “Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year” by the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute.
Mallalieu S. Woolfolk, had a doctorate in law, specializing in corporate law, and was a lawyer who gave legal and political assistance to prominent black elected officials, including David N.
Dinkins, Percy E. Sutton, and Charles B. Rangel. Dr. Woolfolk was also associate counsel of the Bill of Rights Committee at the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1967 and legal secretary to Oliver C. Sutton, a New York State Supreme Court judge and a brother of Percy Sutton.
In addition, Dr. Woolfolk was director of training at the Upper Manhattan Small Business Development Center, which has become the Workshop in Business Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit organization that teaches New Yorkers how to become entrepreneurs.
WIBO is grateful that the sons of WIBO’s founders Ted Geier and Mal Woolfolk Jr. continue to support their parent’s legacy through their many contributions to the growth and direction of WIBO.