About Us

WBOC, the Premier Organization in CNY for Women in Business

(Women Business Opportunities Connections)

Our Mission

We support and advance the success of women in business.

Who Are Our Members

Our membership consists of women in business:

  • women business owners, from start-ups to veterans
  • women employed in other businesses
  • working full-time or part-time
  • women of all ages

No matter what our circumstances, we are all connected through our entrepreneurial mindset and desire to support each other in our journey. We invite all women to join us!

What WBOC Offers Our Members

WBOC provides stronger connections, education, support and inspiration through:
  • Educational programming
  • Networking opportunities
  • Kinship with other women entrepreneurs
  • Marketing and promotional opportunities to enhance awareness of your business
  • Collaboration opportunities with other women entrepreneurs
  • Collaboration with other local organizations supporting entrepreneurship

Check out our meeting schedules and benefits!

Are you ready to join! 

We look forward to supporting you in your entrepreneurial journey.

Join Today!

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

WBOC History

Current Board of Directors

Past Presidents

 2015 - 2017 Nicole Davidheiser
 2013 - 2015
Allison Haslam
 2011 - 2013
Angie Renna
 2009 - 2011
Nicole Samolis
 2007 - 2009 Esther Zorn
 2005 - 2007
Julie Briggs
 1996 - 2005
Tracy Higginbotham

Contact us

Women Business Opportunities Connections

Mail Address: Meeting Address:
5701 East Circle Drive, #305
Cicero, New York 13039
Genesee Grande Hotel*
1060 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13210

* Check Program details to confirm location of meeting.


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