The Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce presented Bridget O’Connor, owner and principal of O’Connor Connective, with its Entrepreneurial Award at the 2015 Small Business Recognition Luncheon on June 2.
O’Connor thanked the chamber for believing in entrepreneurial ideas and for recognizing O’Connor Connective for the successes it has created for its clients and its growing team since its beginning in 2013.
“I can’t help but think about the fact that it takes a community to build a business—and the Greater Green Bay area is filled with all of the right ingredients to help companies thrive. The most important ingredient is the people who step up to say, ‘We want you to succeed!’” said O’Connor.
O’Connor Connective’s community of support in Greater Green Bay included community leaders, consultants and mentors as well as partners such as architect Chris Renier, who helped O’Connor Connective renovate its 101-year-old building in Historic Downtown De Pere. The building is now a place where clients’ leadership teams can gather to strategize to advance their mission.
“Our success took brave clients who chose to partner with us early on to advance their organizations—particularly Damian LaCroix, superintendent of the Howard-Suamico School District, as we partnered to pass referenda and launch a fundraising campaign,” said O’Connor. “Also, Kate Burgess trusted me to help her rename and further advance her amazing company, Elevate97. There are a dozen others, including the leaders of the Catholic schools in this community who have allowed our team to challenge them toward big and innovative thinking.”
The Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Award is given annually to a locally owned company that has been in business from two to five years and has demonstrated a creative business approach and current success. Award winners must have had an impact on the local business community.
For more information on the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Small Business Recognition Luncheon and awards, click here.