John Lennon said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Fortified Collaborations is turning five this year! In some ways, it’s hard to believe it’s been five years already; in other ways, it seems like it’s taking forever to figure this out and it should be way easier by now.

But easy isn’t the way of the entrepreneur and I never expected it to be easy. Fun? Yes. Meaningful? Yes. Successful? Yes. So what does this look like?

I created this company to help build local business and community, believing deeply that if you connect people, you build community, people feel stronger and connected, and value is created. I am a connector and I wanted to make a business out of connecting. Seems easy enough.

What hasn’t been easy is clearly and concisely describing who we are and what we do to people who haven’t experienced any of our events, farm dinners, or collaborations. But after five years, I think I’ve got it. And, you guessed it, it’s what I set out to create from the beginning, and it’s all about meaning and connection. This is our jam.

At Fortified Collaborations, we believe in the creative power of community. We believe that value is created by connection, and that connection leads to ideas, solutions and breakthroughs.

We connect people, businesses, and organizations to each other and to their food and to whatever community capital is needed. We’ve realized that the power of collaboration is in these connections. Everyone needs connections and meaning is created through these connections. It’s in the connections that the magic happens so it’s hard to explain all this in a blog post or a website or a newsletter (but we try anyway!). You have to experience it. Feel the connections and the meaning is there.

So join us for an event this year and bring a friend. Help us share the meaning of connection.