Founded in 2018, Connected is a community, a tribe, where we connect with others like us, learn together, and thrive together. 

 

As entrepreneurs, and simply as human beings, we sometimes feel we can or should do things on our own. We rarely ask for help or open up for fear of rejection, vulnerability, being perceived as not serious, and possibly other reasons. But no one is truly self-made. Rather, we are shaped by our experiences and the people around us. 

At Connected, we believe inclusion in a warm, supportive community is conducive to success. Access to the right network provides motivation, fosters innovation, and allows us to focus on what’s most important to us.

 
 
 

Our philosophy can be summed up in three words:

CONNECT | LEARN | THRIVE

 
 

CONNECT

The idea at the core of our business is connectedness.  No one is truly self-made; rather, we are shaped by our experiences and the people around us.  At Connected we believe that inclusion in a warm, supportive community is conducive to success.  Access to the right network provides motivation and fosters innovation, allowing you to focus on what’s most important.

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LEARN

Our belief is that learning should never stop, it’s a continuous process.  It is a catalyst for ideation, growth and empowerment.  At Connected we share articles, videos, events, and other resources from thought-leaders within the Connected community, around the city, and across the globe.  And as you learn, you apply the concepts for success.

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THRIVE

Connected is family, and as such we want the best for each other.  We celebrate successes, we learn from failures, and we challenge each other to keep going.  Our tribe hustles together and grows together, in our business and personal lives.  Connected isn’t just a word for us; it’s how we live and how we thrive.

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Connect-working Night

“It's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know”  "Your network = Your net worth”   “Relationships open doors”

We've probably all heard at least one of these before.  Truth is, these statements are facts!  So how do you make the connections you need to open doors, build your network, and grow your net worth?  It starts with getting to know new people.

We understand networking can be intimidating and sometimes these events are ineffective.  Connect-working™ is a twist on traditional networking that's not to be missed! It's an opportunity to get to know your local small business community while having FUN.  It's your chance to #knownewfriends.

Pictures from our first event on June 4th are below.  Stay tuned for future events!

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"I AM..." Speaker Series

"I Am…"

Probably the most powerful phrase ever spoken.  What follows these two words dictates who you are, what you do and what you have.  And speaking these words can empower you, and those around you.

Introducing The “I AM…” Speaker Series - a monthly gathering where local small business owners, business professionals and community leaders share their power statements and how these connect them to their life's purpose.

Come be inspired, encouraged and re-invigorated!

 
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Plug -N- Play Open Coworking Day

Are you looking for a quiet place to work, and tired of hiding in closets at home?  Or a private place to meet with clients, and tired of competing with grinders at the coffee shop?

No problem...we've got you covered!

Join us for an afternoon of open coworking at PLUG-n-PLAY Day! We'll have snacks, beverages, wifi, social interaction (or solitude) to help you power through those tasks. Just bring your device, have a seat and get to work!

Tickets for the July event on on sale now at bit.ly/JulyPlugnPlayDay.

 
 

This & That Series

A little bit of THIS... A little bit of THAT...

The This & That Series is our twice-monthly event where we combine fun and fundamentals for small business owners.  Entrepreneurs, startups, creatives, freelancers, influencers, side hustlers...all are welcome!

Click the Register button below to check out our 'Upcoming Events' page and see what sessions we have planned!

 
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Founder

 
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Daniela Obi | Founder

World-traveler

Green Bay Packer-backer

Beloved "Auntie"

 

Daniela Obi is a Nigerian-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now living in Columbus, Ohio.  She is a former Project Manager and Process Improvement Consultant turned entrepreneur.  Growing up in Milwaukee, she watched her mother successfully launch and manage four businesses of her own, while caring for four children and an ailing husband.  This is where Daniela learned her ambition and drive that carried her through into adulthood.

While introverted, quiet and reserved, Daniela loves adventure.  She is a bit of a thrill seeker and has been sky-diving, fly-boarding and has traveled solo to several countries.  She also adores her family; Daniela has 11 nieces and nephews, and 4 grand-nieces and nephews, whom she affectionately calls “her children” since she does not have any of her own yet.  Outside of family and travel, Daniela believes strongly in living life to the fullest.  She values experiences and is always open to trying new things, going new places and meeting new people.

Throughout her life Daniela has been committed to connecting with others and giving back.  She volunteers with several organizations, including the YWCA, National Black MBA Association, Dress for Success YES, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Daniela is also a proponent of personal development and attends courses, workshops and professional events regularly.  Being a process improvement consultant, she is always looking for ways to solve problems and create efficiencies.  These are some of the reasons Daniela launched Connected.  She wants to create a space where people can pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, while connecting with other people on that same journey.

Board Members

Caroline Obi
Consultant

 

Carol Clark
Advisor

 

Coming Soon!