Our Small-Business Advisors

The People Who Help Guide Us

Deepening our understanding of small businesses and staying up to date on their needs, insights and passions is a critical factor in how FedEx works to enable small-business success. One of our primary sources for insights, feedback and guidance is our Entrepreneur Advisory Board (EAB). Our EAB is composed of hand-selected small-business owners who have proven they have what it takes to launch and grow a successful company. Each EAB member serves a year-long term and brings a history of business accomplishments, industry expertise and a unique perspective to the table. We’re grateful for their regular counsel and generosity in sharing their expertise and business tips.

Liz Powers of Artlifting

Liz Powers of Artlifting

After securing a grant from Harvard to create art groups in homeless shelters, Powers was inspired to create a digital marketplace for artists to share their creations with the world. Five years after its inception, her mission-driven company has expanded to 20 states, enabled homeless or disabled artists to profit, and earned her a spot on Forbes 30 under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs.

Danny Catullo of Catullo Prime Meats

Andrea Sreshta of LuminAID

When Sreshta was called on to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, she realized there was a critical need for light. Her revolutionary solar inflatable lighting technology quickly grew into a global business, even earning her and her partner a spot on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Brian Munoz of Penny Luck

Brian Munoz of Penny Luck

A driven entrepreneur, Munoz leveraged his network to create and drive Penny Luck to success both online and within their expanding retail locations. Penny Luck is driven by a mission to “spread luck” to their customers and U.S. veterans through a partnership with the Purple Heart Foundation.

Melanie Boggs of Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Melanie Boggs of Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Boggs works with her husband Brian to create and deliver beautiful custom furniture from sustainable materials. In business for over 30 years, Brian Boggs Chairmakers imports sustainable raw materials and ships their premium furniture through a diverse shipping portfolio that has provided Melanie with an expertise in freight shipping.

Tivan Amour of Fortified Bicycle

Tivan Amour of Fortified Bicycle

The ultimate sales guy and serial entrepreneur, Amour created a theft-proof bicycle light and bike for biking enthusiasts. As the business has grown, Amour has perfected the art of balancing investment capital, inventory capital and production schedules to promote business growth and manage cash flows.

Paul Pallas of SWISCO

Paul Pallas of SWISCO

Owner of a third-generation, family-owned company, Pallas has transformed what used to be just a repair shop into a store that offers hard-to-find, specialty hardware pieces.

Donna Durham of Weighting Comforts

Donna Durham of Weighting Comforts

Social entrepreneur Donna Durham’s company is focused on bettering both consumers' and employees' lives. While her weighted blankets treat common conditions such as anxiety, stress and insomnia, her company also employs refugees from around the world.

Aqila Augusta of Edge Entity

Aqila Augusta of Edge Entity

After suffering with hair-loss issues, Augusta created a product to stimulate hair follicles and produce rapid hair growth. As a one-woman team, Augusta personally handmakes all products and ships worldwide.

John Szablowsky of eKitchenWorld

Jon Szablowsky of eKitchenWorld

Building strong relationships with manufacturers has been the key to Szablowsky’s ecommerce business. Eleven years since it began, eKitchenWorld is now one of the largest online kitchenware retailers on the web, with customers around the globe.

Heidi Hale of HeidiJHale Designs and Details

Heidi Hale of HeidiJHale Designs and Details

An expert in inventory planning, Heidi Hale sources materials and stones from all over the world, bringing them to the United States to create beautiful handmade jewelry.

Past EAB Members

We‘re grateful to all our current and past EAB members for their time and valuable insights. Their unique perspectives into what it takes to launch and grow a successful company enable us to focus on what really matters to our small-business customers.

Past EAB Members
Dream Beard

Follow Your Dreams

Former EAB member Ryan Lane of Dream Beard encourages small-business owners to follow their dreams.

Mary Lynn Schroeder

Believe in Your Business

EAB members from previous years offer their thoughts on overcoming business challenges and believing in both your product and yourself.

Manasi Gangan

Build a Support Network

Hear past EAB members discuss the importance of a strong support network to help build your small-business success.

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