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K00985 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 985
BY: M. of A. Vanel
        COMMEMORATING  the 56th Anniversary of Workshop in
        Business Opportunities of Harlem, New York
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  recognize  the
efforts  of  social workers who, in providing essential care and support
to people in the communities across New York State, serve to enhance the
quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
commemorate the 56th Anniversary of Workshop in  Business  Opportunities
of Harlem, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Workshop  in  Business  Opportunities  (WIBO) is a private
non-profit  organization  which  assists  men  and  women  in   becoming
successful   entrepreneurs   by   enabling  small  business  owners  and
entrepreneurs from underserved communities to achieve financial  success
by  starting,  operating, and growing successful businesses that develop
economic power, provide jobs, and improve communities; and
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1966 by Walter Geier and Mallalieu  Woolfolk  in
Harlem,   New   York,   WIBO's   objective   is   to  increase  economic
opportunities, improve local communities, and change lives  through  the
power of entrepreneurship; and
  WHEREAS,  Stephen  Jackson,  a  successful business owner, committed
board member and dedicated volunteer, became the CEO of WIBO on  May  1,
2018; and
  WHEREAS,  A  valuable  asset  to  the  organization, Stephen Jackson
provides a variety of experience to the students of  WIBO  with  notable
strengths   in   sales  and  marketing  strategy,  as  well  as  in  the
implementation  of  new  technologies  that  aid  in   the   growth   of
organizations;  he is well known for maximizing resources to achieve his
goals by gaining the trust of key stakeholders and  developing  pleasant
and enthusiastic work cultures; and
  WHEREAS, By offering a variety of renowned programs for participants
to  access  knowledge, networks, and capital, WIBO has become one of the
leading providers of comprehensive and effective training and  mentoring
for  entrepreneurs  dedicated  to starting and growing local businesses;
since 1966, WIBO  has  trained  nearly  18,000  entrepreneurs  who  have
created over 34,000 job opportunities; and
  WHEREAS,  WIBO  helps bring business ideas to life through its 10 or
16 week "How to Build a Growing Profitable Business" Workshop, a program
that helps entrepreneurs take the necessary steps and actions needed  to
improve  an  existing  business; participants gain a solid foundation on
how to  start  and  grow  a  profitable  business  by  the  end  of  the
informative program; and
  WHEREAS, A lasting resource beyond graduating from the program, WIBO
offers  additional  services to WIBO Alumni, such as WIBO Academy, which
is  an  online  learning  platform  where  alumni  can   improve   their
entrepreneurial  knowledge and skills through advanced courses, and free
financial counseling; the  latter  aids  in  establishing  or  improving
credit  history,  creating  a  personal  budget, opening a bank account,
reducing debt, preparing the alumni's taxes for free, and more; and
  WHEREAS, Alongside financial counseling, alumni  also  receive  free
business counseling; WIBO's business advisory council has top experts in
human  resources, project management, business law, brand marketing, and
more, to help all alumni with their business needs; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  honor  those
organizations  and  individuals  who  faithfully devote their purposeful
energies to fostering opportunities  for  and  to  contributing  to  the
quality  of  life  for  the  youth  of  the communities they serve; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  56th Anniversary of Workshop in Business Opportunities
of Harlem, New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to Stephen Jackson, CEO of WIBO.
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