The Women-in-Business Challenge

The Women-in-Business Challenge (WIB) is a business accelerator program for early stage businesses owned by female entrepreneurs.

The program provides impactful business education and training, technical assistance, personal consulting , mentorship by seasoned entrepreneurs and peer networking to increase the ability of these early stage, women-owned enterprises to have the same performance potential as male-owned start-ups, creating economic and global impact.

Four finalists compete for $10K in seed capital to aid them in expansion goals for their ventures during the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week conference.

The Pitch Challenge will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel on 623 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. The event commences with a panel discussion that includes all of the Women-in-Business scholars. Shortly after, the 4 finalists will begin their presentations. An esteemed panel of judges deliberate while a celebrity keynote speaker addresses the audience, after which the winner is announced.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2017 Women-in-Business Challenge Program is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 

2017 WOMEN-IN-BUSINESS CHALLENGE:  Empowering Communities…One Entrepreneur at a Time! 

ICYMI:  The 2016 WIB Challenge Winner is Sharmaine James of Condall Consulting!

These extraordinary women were the 2016 FEATURED WIB CHALLENGE ENTREPRENEUR FINALISTS: 


Condall Consulting Group (Sharmaine James) 

An environmental and management consulting firm offering professional and construction services within the engineering, environmental science and technology industries.

Design Unwined (Rachel Meese) 

A lifestyle franchise providing a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere for customers to learn how to “up-cycle” furniture and interior design and décor pieces, while sipping wine, having fun and sustaining the environment.

Morgan Hill (Dione Morgan) 

A communications and publishing firm, helping individuals, organizations and companies brand their work, product or cause and spread awareness through their creative services.

Small Hinges (Rachel Graham) 

A start-up public relations firm specializing in strategy-based communications solutions and event production services.

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