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

We support organizations that 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 women to attend the annual WISE Conference, to local high school students exhibiting an entrepreneurial spirit in their higher education choice, and to a member businesswoman with business development needs.

For more information contact us at info@WBOConnection.org


The mission of the WBOC is to support and advance the success of women in business.

In keeping with our mission, the WBOC offers four grant programs:

1)  WISE Symposium grant scholarship, a competitive grant program that is open to all WBOC members. The recipient of this grant will receive a ticket to the WISE Symposium. Applications are available here and are due on March 15, 2016.

2) WBOC Gold Membership Grant. This competitive grant is open to any women in business. The WBOC Gold Membership includes 1 year annual membership, • 8 paid program meetings, • 1 month sponsorship in meeting brochure and on the WBOC website, •  ½ table at WISE Symposium in April, and a listing in the WBOC website directory.

3) 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 May 20, 2016.

4) 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 May 20, 2016.

2016 WBOC Family Member Scholarship Recipient:

Jonathan Rounsville

Jonathan will be attending Syracuse University


2016 WBOC Opportunity Grant Recipients:

Alice Patterson - Alice G. Patterson Photography

Dr. Christine Allen - Insight Business Works/Chris Allen Coaching

Board of Directors

Nicole Davidheiser - President

Joanne Del Balso - Vice President Marketing

Tamela Fabiano - Vice President Membership

Michelle Howe - Vice President Programs

Nichole Capsello - Treasurer

Anna Hartwell - Secretary

Heather Kennedy - Director At Large

Sheila Ohstrom - Director At Large

Lorna Oppedisano - Director At Large

Collette Powers - Director At Large

Allison Haslam - Immediate Past President

Contact us

Women Business Opportunities Connections

5701 East Circle Drive, #305

Cicero, NY 13039


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