The Legacy of WBOA
Two Generations Strong, and Growing
Since 1981, WBOA members connect and build businesses, discuss strategies and help each other in one of the most difficult and rewarding career paths: Entrepreneurship.
Smart, Savvy Women Supporting Each Other
In the early 80s, three women sat down to discuss several issues of concern with area businesswomen, soon realizing they had a collective mission: To bring the area’s small businesswomen together, creating a place to share their hopes, fears, concerns and issues, and to gain support and answers.
Under the sponsorship of Western New England College’s Division of Non-Credit Programs, the group held monthly meetings, growing quickly by word of mouth to about 30 women. In 1986, WBOA became an independent non-profit organization. By the end of that year, 80 women had joined.
For many of us, WBOA represented a safe haven; a place to discuss the challenges we faced as business owners and to try ideas without being judged. It was a catalyst for professional and personal growth.
– WBOA founding member, Barbara Foster
Building Your Network to Grow and Maintain a Successful Business
We are now celebrating 35 years of women entrepreneurship. Our meetings and events are a place where you feel the palpable energy and hum of conversation as members connect with colleagues and work to grow their businesses.
The women of WBOA develop ideas, brainstorm strategies, and most importantly, build relationships with one another.
WBOA continues to attract members in all stages of business, and truly lives by its motto:
It’s Your Business. Don’t Grow It Alone.