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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow Your Dreams
Former EAB member Ryan Lane of Dream Beard encourages small-business owners to follow their dreams.
Believe in Your Business
EAB members from previous years offer their thoughts on overcoming business challenges and believing in both your product and yourself.
Build a Support Network
Hear past EAB members discuss the importance of a strong support network to help build your small-business success.