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YEC Members Win Awards, Launch Businesses and Acquire Partners

This month, our incredible community members weren't the only ones lauded for their hard work. YEC was featured, among other top organizations for entrepreneurs, on Inc. as a community making startup life less lonely. Below, we highlight nine members who are also making constant connections and big waves.

Acceleration Partners Named a Small Giant by Forbes

Robert Glazer's company Acceleration Partners was named a Small Giant by Forbes, one of America's 25 best small companies. For the past three years, Forbes, in partnership with the Small Giants Community, has developed a list of America’s Best Small Companies. The company must be at least 10 years old, profitable and privately owned, with majority control in the hands of inside shareholders. This year, Forbes added Acceleration Partners, the largest global affiliate marketing agency, to the list.

You can read more about the accomplishment here.

G2 Tech Group Incorporates With Reliam LLC

Reliam LLC, a consulting and managed services provider for public cloud platforms, recently incorporated Boston-based G2 Tech Group, an advanced AWS consulting partner. This follows a recent merger with Los Angeles-based AWS consulting and managed services provider Stratalux. The three companies will now form one business. G2 is an Amazon cloud consulting firm specializing in managed AWS Services & DevOps acceleration for tech startups and early-stage SaaS companies run by YEC member Glenn Grant.

Read more about the exciting announcement here.

Matthew Manos Launches Give All

Matthew Manos, founder/managing director of verynice, launches Give All to connect nonprofit employees and bootstrapped entrepreneurs with the creative and strategic design methods they need to get things done on their own. verynice is a global design strategy consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to nonprofits. Over 10 years, it has donated over $10M dollars worth of services and resources to hundreds of organizations across the globe.

After 10 years of business at verynice, Manos realized that the best way to amplify its impact and reach would be to automate itself and its services. He asked himself: "If the entire point of verynice is to reduce the financial burden of professional services from nonprofit organizations so that they may invest more in their cause, are we really doing enough?"

"As a business, we always will provide pro-bono and sliding-scale services to get us closer to this mission, but clearly there are limitations to that reach. To provide even more context, when an applicant of our pro-bono or discounted services is not accepted, more often than not we learn that they attempt to do the work on their own, in house," Manos adds.

The vision for Give All is to provide a platform that can house verynice's creative and strategic methodologies. Now, even if it cannot help an organization, it can at least point them in a useful direction to make that DIY alternative a bit more feasible.

Jennifer Fleiss Launches Jetblack

Jennifer Fleiss, co-founder of clothing rental service Rent the Runway, announces the launch of Jetblack after a year in beta. It’s a text message-based, invite-only, $50-per-month concierge shopping service that uses both AI technology and human assistance/interaction. Fleiss debuted the company as part of Walmart's Code 8, the retailer's technology incubator. Read more here

Pro Back Office Announces Two New Partners

Jennifer Barnes of Pro Back Office announced the addition of two new partners of the firm, Greg Leiser and Francesca San Diego. San Diego, vice president of finance, and Leiser, vice president of service delivery, will provide additional leadership to the fast-growing company.

Leiser has more than 20 years of experience as a CFO in public and privately held companies. He has performed in a lead role for nine business sale transactions, including: advising on deal structures, managing the diligence process and closing a $5M financing round. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over four years, Leiser will continue his impact by supporting Pro Back Office’s client growth and processes.

San Diego has almost thirty years of experience in finance and business management in a wide range of organizations, including three startup ventures. Her areas of expertise include financial oversight, strategic planning and business development. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over three years, San Diego will be taking on a larger role on the internal team, streamlining where appropriate and ensuring continued financial success.

Pro Back Office, founded in 2012 by Mike Ford and Jennifer Barnes, provides highly skilled operational accounting, finance and strategic consulting talent on an hourly, fractional, on-site or remote and ongoing or project basis.

Morgan First and Tyler Balliet Announce The Rosé Mansion Opening

Morgan First and Tyler Balliet announced the opening of Rosé Mansion this summer in New York City, featuring rosé from around the world, and plenty of photo opportunities. All tickets include entrance to the experience and wine samples equaling about two glasses of wine. The space will serve as an educational, immersive pop-up experience with a large variety of wines and themed rooms. Read more about it here.

Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman Ranked as Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Of The Year Finalists

YEC members Omar Soliman and Nick Friedman, co-founders of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, were recently ranked as Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Of The Year finalists. The awards recognize entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. College Hunks Hauling Junk is a North American junk removal and moving company with headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

This is just a handful of YEC members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here. Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team.