President’s Letter: New Connections

The EFBC is always looking to improve upon ourselves, Whether it’s internally through the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Strategic Partners, Forums, fellow members, or via potential partnerships. I’m proud to announce that we have collaborated with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10K SB). This program serves as an educational opportunity that was founded and supported by Goldman Sachs, to “help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and support services.” The “education” piece of this, along with the entrepreneurial base and job creation goals, aligns with the EFBC and our overall mission, vision, and values. 99% of all employer firms are small businesses, 10K Small Businesses is there to help these fledgling companies or businesses that are looking to take it to the next level. They do this by providing businesses with a practical business education and curriculum that covers the fundamentals of business growth. They also provide access to capital for organizations that need assistance for expansion.

Join us on Tuesday, May 24th at Goose Island Brewhouse for a happy hour with 10K SB associates and alumni. We’ll hear shared experiences from participants of both programs to learn how our programs support one another. Our hope is to enlighten 10K SB alumni on Forums and experience comradery with the EFBC community. As Liz and Patty would say, we want to “share the brilliance” that is the EFBC members and partners! I very much look forward to the opportunity to engage with fresh entrepreneurial cohorts of a top-tier program, that exists to help others, much like our own.

Neil O’Donnell
VP of Business Development, Progressive Industries
EFBC President 2021-2022