Another Entrepreneurship Project of the  Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

WISE Women

WISE Women Entrepreneurs

This is the year of WISE! After 10 years of helping women, the WISE Women’s Business Center is proud to say that “YES,” we are making a difference! In 2015-16, the Center counseled more than 125 women entrepreneurs one-on-one (whose businesses collectively yielded over $136 million in gross revenues) and trained more than 1,000 people in various classes and workshops that are offered.

It’s great to hear these amazing numbers, but it’s also great to hear in-depth stories of local women entrepreneurs – their challenges, opportunities, successes and more. These stories are about the woman who strives to honor her deceased mom with a new medical business; the woman who opens her dream diner; the woman rejoices when she finds out a way to jump-start the business she’s worked for since she was 17 years old.

How can you be one of these women who are making their business dreams come true? First, walk through our door at the The Tech Garden. We’ll take it from there. Then it’s up to you to put in the hard work. But know this: the WISE Women’s Business Center is here to support you and your dreams. The thousand-mile journey starts with a single step! Learn more about some amazing local women who have shared their stories and journeys as WISE women by clicking on their stories below, originally featured in Syracuse Woman Magazine. If you’d like to share your story with us, send an e-mail to Lindsay Wickham.

  • "Research, Research, Research; Plan, Plan, Plan; Focus, Focus, Focus; Take Massive Action. Look for Mentors that are in the same business and consult with them. If it is truly in your heart Never Give Up Never Give In. Lastly, be truthful with yourself along the way making sure you are prepared for how long it may take both emotionally and financially. Much Success!!! And remember "U" R the Best!"
    Chuck Bartlett, Talentude Training & Development
  • “Make decisions based on where you want to be—not on where you are.”
    Eileen Collins, Admin-on-Call
  • “As long as you can be creative, you can be in business. The only time you fail is when you choose not to be innovative—ideas are endless.”
    Abigail Henson, LoFo
  • “Quit wondering… Start doing.”
    Kelly Covert & Maggie Quinn, Strong Body Whole Heart
  • “Take risks while you can—follow your heart to pursue your dreams.”
    Lilibeth Northern, Entrepreneur
  • “Go with your gut… It never fails.”
    Jody Hatch, Salmon River Alpacas
Sara Martin, Critical Path Engineering Solutions, PLLC
Kathryn Adams, Cognos Performing Consulting, Inc.
Courtney Henson, Magically Yours
Amy Wyant & Justina Kane, Tech Geekery
Joan Sardino, Serving Seniors
Tracy Hogarth, Blue Zaria
Sandy Rosecrans, City Electric Co., Inc.
Berenice Bonilla, The Berica Agency
Maria Rizzo, Maria Rizzo Art
Pamela Puri, Tech4Kidz
Jody Hatch, Salmon River Alpacas
Kelly Covert & Maggie Quinn, Strong Body Whole Heart
Jill Dickey, The Rose Cottage
Lisette Brod, Spinnaker Custom Products
DeBorah A. Little, Lil'MorStix
Christine Wilcox, Inner Radiance
Kathy O'Connell, Radiant Abilities, LLC
Caitlyn Bom, Caitlyn Bom Photography & Syracuse Boudoir
Mary Schalk, Mary Schalk Design
Lily Tsay, Lily Tsay Jewelry
Eileen Collins, Admin-on-Call
Sue Reed, Sweet Fortune Cookies
Lura Lunkenheimer, Peaceful Schools
Linda Gilmore, Balanced Life Hypnosis
Donna Curtin, Grace Auto Body
Charlese McClain, Charlie Bear’s Care for Special Occasions
Katie Reilly, insideOUT
Tina Jacobs, Devine Gardens, LLC
Kate Gillen, Sampling Syracuse Food Tours
Linda Erb, Oh Goody Goody!
Abigail Henson, LoFo
Ma Ma Rella’s Fine Foods LLC
Lilibeth Northern, Entrepreneur
Mary Price, Kilnfusion
Lindsey Briggs, SocialU
Janet Detota, Janet Lee Photography
Charlene Echols-Barnes, Echols Gourmet Wholesale Desserts
Karen Wheeler-Lockwood, Lockwood Lavender Farm
Tessa Kennedy, New Histories Jewelry
Heather Hay, Hall & Hay Consulting Associates, LLP
Amy Isca, Isca Design Studio