About Us

Welcome to WBOC (Women Business Opportunities Connections), the premier organization in CNY for women in business. Our members are women business owners, women in business and women business start-ups. 

Whether running our own business, working for an employer or launching a new endeavor, we are connected through our entrepreneurial mindset.

Our Mission...

We support and advance the success of women in business.

WBOC provides stronger connections, education, support and inspiration through:

* Monthly meetings the first Wednesday of each month from September through June

* Educational programs

* Connecting programs

* Kinship with other women entrepreneurs

* Marketing and promotion to enhance awareness of your business and women entrepreneurship

* Collaboration with other organizations supporting entrepreneurship

Our Partners

WBOC has spent more than 20 years being a resource for local women in business.  Over those years, we have formed relationships with an array of organizations willing to further your entrepreneurial success.

Wise Women's Business Center

Syracuse Woman Magazine

CenterState CEO

NYS Small Business Development Center at OCC

Our Philanthropic Mission

The mission of the WBOC is to support and advance the success of women in business. We support businesses and organizations that also support and advance women in business.

Proceeds from the WBOC Holiday Auction sustain the organization and benefit the WBOC Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to a local high school student and to a member businesswoman with business development goals.

In keeping with our mission, the WBOC offers the following programs:

1)  WBOC Family Member Scholarship.  This competitive scholarship is awarded to a WBOC active member’s child who is between the ages of 17-24 and is enrolled in an accredited Post-Secondary program. The student must demonstrate initiative, ambition, and a commitment to pursuing an entrepreneurial spirit.  Applications are due in May each year.

2) WBOC Opportunity Grant.  This competitive grant is open to any WBOC member.  This grant is awarded to a women of any nationality in business, which has a financial need and demonstrates initiative, ambition, and a commitment to pursing an entrepreneurial spirit.  The grant is awarded to a recipient who will use the money to grow their business in some positive way.  Applications are due in May each year.

2017 WBOC Family Member Scholarship Recipient:

Shelby Ohstrom


2017 WBOC Opportunity Grant Recipients:

Ilene Layow

For more information contact us at info@WBOConnection.org

Board of Directors

Anna Hartwell - President

Tamela Fabiano - Vice President

Nichole Capsello - Treasurer

Anne Notarthomas - Secretary

Heather Kennedy Reed - Director of Membership

LeaAnne Fuller - Director of Programs

Lorna Oppedisano - Director of Marketing

Sheila Ohstrom - Director At Large

Colette Powers - Director At Large

Sara Bollinger - WBOC Administrator

Nicole Davidheiser - Immediate Past President

Contact us

Women Business Opportunities Connections
5701 East Circle Drive, #305
Cicero, NY 13039

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