The Power of Community

Many Hands Make Light Work (photo by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash)

Arlington Entrepreneurs is lucky to have a large number of motivated and talented members. You’ve stepped up to the plate more than once and have made our network all that much better. There are very few organizations that represent the needs of freelance, self-employed workers. Arlington Entrepreneurs is trying to help fill that gap, with opportunities for networking, information sharing and more.

We’re a volunteer organization and, as such, we rely on volunteers to help keep things running. Our Advisory Board volunteers its time and expertise. Others pitch in when and where needed: answering questions and offering suggestions and help on an as-needed basis. All our event presenters are volunteers, too.

Maureen Igoe
Maureen Igoe

Volunteers are going to be hosting two events this fall: an upcoming happy hour in October, along with a coffee break in early November.  Maureen Igoe, of Ameriprise, will be our guest host at our fall Happy Hour at Menotomy Grill and Tavern. Maureen has been a long-standing supporter of our network and is also a Premium member. She has a busy life as a financial advisor and mother of a teen aged daughter.

Laura Bergamini
Laura Bergamini

Laura Bergamini will be guest-hosting an early November Coffee Break, this time at Cafe Nero in Arlington Center. Originally from Italy, Laura is a technical translator between Italian and English. She’s also a volunteer member of the Arlington Entrepreneurs Advisory Board.

There are other projects that could use your help. An Events Committee would be a wonderful resource, particularly now that we have spaces to hold meetings, social gatherings and networking events (many thanks to AE Advisory Board member Debra Woog for that idea).

We could also use a Tech Committee, to help develop more web-based resources for our community. For example, Arlington Entrepreneurs is part of a WordPress multi-site installation. That installation could produce a number of web-based products: starter websites for new businesses, wikis, forums, media showcase galleries and more. The AE multi-site includes detailed instructional videos, which would help the non-technical among us navigate the WordPress landscape. Of course, today’s tech volunteer could be tomorrow’s paid tech consultant, either on or off of the AE WordPress installation!

These are only two ideas. Do you have any more (marketing, writing, health activities, etc?). Volunteer work is not necessarily a one-way process. Many people have gained new clients after making a presentation, for example. More hands on-board could also mean more income for the network, too. Part of that income could be shared with the hands that brought it in (that means you!).

We hope to see you at an upcoming event this fall. Fill out the (very) brief survey below if you’d like to participate in – or learn about – any type of volunteer activity. We’d love to hear from you!

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Exceptional Talent + Good Will = The AE Advisory Board!


Please welcome Maria Yunis, Carol Costello, Debra Woog and Laura Bergamini as members of the Arlington Entrepreneurs Advisory Board. Our strategic planning capabilities have taken a large leap forward since their arrival, starting with the 2017 Arlington Entrepreneurs Wants and Needs Survey.

The Board came together as the result of an outreach gesture made by AE Founder Margy Rydzynski  during a coffee break last fall. Arlington Entrepreneurs is a large and diverse organization. Margy admitted that it was quite difficult for one person to run it effectively, particularly given her recent bouts with ill health. Margy asked for help and, to her delight and surprise, everyone at the coffee said yes and set up a date for the first meeting.

Since then, the Board has offered expert insights and suggestions, starting with the survey and going on from there. Here’s an introduction to each Board member. Please take a minute to visit their websites and connect with them on Arlington Entrepreneurs:



laura bergamini
Laura Bergamini

Laura Bergamini. Laura is a native Italian speaker who works as a technical-documents translator between Italian and English. Her multiple language fluency and European background offer some new perspectives on business and business management.

Visit and connect with Laura
Visit Laura’s Website


carol costello
Carol Costello

Carol Costello. Carol is a community-builder by trade. She’s managed two co-working offices, one in North Cambridge and the other right here in Arlington, at WorkBar. She was part of a group that helped create an organization for survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Before that she spent over 20 years in sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company

Visit and connect with Carol on Arlington Entrepreneurs


debra woog
Debra Woog

Debra Woog. Debra has worked for nearly two decades as a leadership and career coach. According to Debra, “My communications firm connect2 Corporation teaches women professionals, via speaking, writing and coaching, to connect to and prosper from their brilliance.” Debra is also the founder of the AE group: “Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington.”

Visit and connect with Debra on Arlington Entrepreneurs
Join Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington
Visit Debra’s website


maria yunis
Maria Yunis

Maria Yunis
. Maria is the guiding light behind Live Your Unspoken Dreams, a life-coaching service that helps people fulfill their life’s potential. She offers several coaching programs, depending on her client’s specific needs and place in their personal journeys. She has over 15 years of corporate, high-tech, consulting, pharmaceutical, and academic experience, along with a background in design, corporate communication and curriculum development.

Visit and connect with Maria on Arlington Entrepreneurs
Visit Maria’s website

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