How can we improve our local businesses and help out in our community at the same time? This is the question tackled by Aberdeen’s new nonprofit organization, Day of Distinction. Founded in July 2017 by members of that year’s Aberdeen Leadership Class, the group is focused on helping everyone, especially business leaders, grow in personal and professional development. They believe that individual improvement doesn’t just stop at one person, but instead goes further by creating motivation and sparking original ideas that can in turn better the entire community. To bring personal growth, business development, and community support all together, they host an annual “Day of Distinction.” This signature event features an assortment of meaningful speakers and uses its ticket proceeds to help with a local cause.
Last year’s Day of Distinction sold about 200 tickets and raised $1,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. Group leaders Brady Carda and Garrett Brunmaier say that they received such fantastic support from attendees in the event’s inaugural year that it encouraged them to move forward with the nonprofit. They are already busy planning their 2018 Day of Distinction, which will take place on March 7 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center. According to Brady and Garrett, some topics to be covered at this year’s event include innovation and bridging the gap between generations in the workplace. “We want to be beneficial to small businesses by bringing in noteworthy speakers and resources for them.” // — Jenny Roth
Currently Day of Distinction has twelve board members, and they are actively looking for additional members, volunteers, and sponsors. For more information, email email@example.com, find them on Facebook, or follow @DayODistinction on Twitter.