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O’Connor Connective: Owner/principal Bridget Krage O’Connor named Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Business Person of the Year
6/7/2018

Contact: Todd McMahon, todd@oconnorconnective.com, (920) 412-0114

DE PERE, Wis. — The Greater Green Bay Chamber presented Bridget Krage O’Connor, owner
and principal of O’Connor Connective, its Business Person of the Year Award at the 2018
Business Recognition Luncheon in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, June 5.

The award recognizes a local business leader who has demonstrated achievement in ownership
or management of a small business, or who has made significant contributions to the small-
business environment in Greater Green Bay.

A grateful O’Connor told a crowd of over 500 in the Grand Ballroom of the KI Convention Center
that the support of the community is integral to the growth of small businesses such as
O’Connor Connective, now in its sixth year as a strategic marketing communications
consultancy.

“One of the things we do at O’Connor Connective is to help organizations communicate their
story. But there is a story happening in our community that I think is important for you to
know,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor is the fifth woman to be named Business Person of the Year in the 30-year history of
the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Business Recognition Luncheon. She was proud to note that
the City of De Pere’s Business Improvement District (BID) has more than 70 female business
owners.

“We are here. And we are the engine behind small businesses on the Main Avenues and
Broadways of this community with restaurants, stores, galleries and consulting businesses like
mine,” O’Connor said. “I encourage you to take notice – frequent our businesses and consider
these women business owners for your next business engagement.”

As a longtime champion for the advancement of woman-led organizations in the region,
O’Connor presented four ways her fellow entrepreneurs can help businesses in Greater Green
Bay with female leaders grow:
1. Encourage them to join the Greater Green Bay Chamber.
2. Encourage them to join your corporate board. Inviting them to the decision-making
table will help them and help you.
3. Frequent their businesses – hire them to help you grow yours.
4. Nominate them for awards to gain business recognition!

Since O’Connor founded the company in 2013, O’Connor Connective has been honored twice by
the Greater Green Bay Chamber at the Business Recognition Luncheon. O’Connor Connective
received the Entrepreneurial Award in 2015.

A marketing communications strategist, Bridget Krage O’Connor has over 20 years of experience
in helping organizations tell their unique stories. Her strengths are taking complex issues and
breaking them down into workable parts that create intended results.

She expertly provides front-facing, on-site consulting to top-level leaders from several
companies and organizations in the region. In the past year, O’Connor counseled nine CEOs, 10
organizational presidents, eight executive directors, 19 emerging leaders, nine school principals,
a bishop, a vicar general, an abbot and numerous priests. She also led campaigns and/or
fundraising drives for four nonprofits.

O’Connor thanked her team at O’Connor Connective after accepting the Business Person of the
Year Award from Greater Green Bay Chamber President Laurie Radke. “They are the rock – the
inspiration – and the motivation for our company to continue to make great things happen for
our clients and our community,” O’Connor said.

The 2018 Business Recognition Luncheon award winners also included: Festival Foods,
Cornerstone Award; American Tent & Sidewall, Entrepreneurial Award; Paper Transport Inc.,
Growth Award; and Port of Green Bay, Special Accomplishment Award.
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