By Alissa Simon, Summer Associate for Hunter Business Law and J.D. Candidate May 2015
By enabling entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) has encouraged business owners to achieve greater business success and enrich their personal lives. The local chapter, EO Central Florida, is rapidly growing, has more than 25 members, and gives local entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from their peers and share confidential experiences about life and business.
EO is a member-led organization with 9,300+ members in more than 30 countries around the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization provides business owners with opportunities for dynamic peer-to-peer collaboration, active leadership opportunities, and connections to experts. To be eligible for membership in EO, you must be the founder or majority shareholder of a company that produces more than $1 million in annual revenue.
With a member list that includes some of the world’s top grossing and fast-moving entrepreneurs, EO is an organization that seems to have shaken up the business world over the last 25 years. Assuring confidentiality, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization allows members to speak freely about their ventures without the threat of having their ideas compromised.
Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx, a billion dollar business), praised her experience with the EO, saying, “EO has provided me with a great, trusted circle of friends. I have been in a Forum for 11 years, with primarily the same 10 guys. I attribute so much of Spanx’s success to the advice I’ve received from these brilliant business owners in the trusted, confidential EO format.”
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization advocates that, “our most valuable asset is wisdom gained through our appetite for knowledge and the transformational experiences that we share with our peers. A thirst for learning leads to an open mind, and an open mind leads to greater opportunity.”
Jonathan Bowman, President of EO Central Florida says, “In the 21/2 years since joining EO my business has grown by more than double, I’ve become a more confident and innovative leader, and most importantly many of my deepest personal relationships are with my fellow EO members. If you want to be around a group of your peers, and are ready to learn and grow your business and personal life, then EO is for you.”
If you are interesting in finding out more information about the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the local Tampa Bay chapter, you can visit them at: www.eonetwork.org and contact Jonathan Bowman, Founder and CEO of Harmony Home Health in Largo, Florida – http://www.harmonyhh.com/