This week, the International Franchise Association (IFA) held their annual conference and I marked one year since I was granted the honor of joining the IFA’s Hall of Fame. It was an incredibly humbling experience to be given this award after such a long entrepreneurial journey.
Two years ago, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England inducted me into their Business Hall of Fame. It was a wonderful honor and made special because my children were there to see me accept the award. It’s no secret that I got the entrepreneurial bug at a young age. I believe it is one of our greatest responsibilities to inspire and educate the next generation.
This week, the JA torch was passed to my oldest daughter Somia, a director here at Edible. JA announced her appointment to the organization’s New Haven Advisory Board. I know that she will make a positive impact and continue to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to follow their dreams.
As Somia tells it: “I’ve grown up in an entrepreneurial family. I admire innovation and education. I’m honored to be joining the board and contributing to empowering young people through JA programs. To be able to do this in the community that I call home is special to me.”
I think it’s special as well. Congratulations!
Media interviews are important and have really helped to spread the story and brand of Edible Arrangements. The interview I did with Tyler Mathisen of the “Nightly Business Report” was a thrill. My oldest daughter Somia was also part of the interview. This is the full show. My interview begins around the 22-minute mark. Please watch and let me know what you think.
This month, Edible Arrangement employees from the home office in Wallingford gave back to the local community.
The team collected hats, scarfs and mittens for Manna Inc. Food Pantry & Resource Center in Wallingford (left.)
The team also donated money to support the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness ‘Be homeful’ campaign (center ) and others volunteered their time at the Connecticut Food Bank filling food boxes for hungry families (bottom left).
Proud so see the team spreading kindness and joy this holiday season.