President’s Letter – New Year, New Activity

December and January have been exciting months for the EFBC, especially at a time when things are usually quiet. I’m proud to say that we have had 4 new members join in the last month! Equally as tremendous, we are fortunate enough to have 2 members come back to EFBC after hiatuses. Their Forum was very pleased to have them back, as is our membership. This is very much due to recent efforts to focus on membership, spearheaded by the Membership & Marketing Committee and everyone else that stepped up to help spread the word about our growing organization. The M&M Committee is made up of Patty Rioux, Sean Hoffman, Matt Ahrens, Andy Sanghani, and the Board/EC. Thank you all. This is a direct reflection of your collective efforts, and we appreciate the group working together to share our experience and how it might be of benefit to others, thus expanding the brilliance that is within the EFBC. Awesome job! A lot of momentum was gained going into last week’s BOD meeting, into the following days M&M meeting, that we hope to keep building on as we move into the new year.

We look forward to that the momentum of membership, along with our robust programming of in person and hybrid meetings will lead to extraordinary benefits for the EFBC. In addition, we have partnered with Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses. 10K Small Businesses provides a network of support through high impact educational programming that provides participants with opportunities to “learn from other small business owners, receive expert advice from business professionals, get one-on-one business advising, and join a national network of entrepreneurs.” With a shared mission and goals, this partnership aims to foster the development of other Entrepreneurs, Owners and the principal people that take care of us

After much anticipation, Danielle Reidel, our new Marketing and Programming coordinator, started her new position and has begun onboarding! We were able incorporate Danielle in to a few meetings last week as well. She hit the ground running and didn’t miss a beat! Danielle, along with Cha Mi, our marketing intern, are going to be a dynamic duo for 2022 and beyond. Cha Mi just celebrated her one-year anniversary of being with us. Please make sure you introduce yourselves to the new associates as we open up to more in person gatherings.

In alignment with our mission, which is to “Educate and empower people of family and entrepreneurial businesses through impactful programs and a unique community of peer support”; I want to thank you all in continuing to keep our Council growing, flourishing and helping others!

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