CHIE launches a network of young founders

An event in Brooklyn launched the CHYE Young Founders Circle, a new scholarship for the community’s budding new professionals and entrepreneurs. Full story

“If there’s one thing I can impart to you tonight, it’s that you should do what you love,” norm brodsky shared with an overflow crowd gathered last week at the W loft in Williamsburg. “Whether he’s an employee or started his own business, if he’s not doing what he loves, he’s going to hate his life,” the acclaimed business expert and longtime MC of the prestigious Inc shared with the crowd. .5000.

“He had attended law school and was a successful attorney. I woke up one morning, turned to my wife and said, ‘I’m not going to work.’ ‘What do you mean?’ she asked me. ‘You own this business; you have employees; How are we going to live?

“’I don’t care, I can’t do this anymore,’ I told him. This was the beginning of my journey,” she said.

The event marked the launch of the CHYE Young Founders Circle, a new scholarship for new professionals and budding entrepreneurs in the community. The Young Founders Circle, or its acronym, YFC, as its members affectionately call it, offers educational and mentoring programs, as well as social and networking opportunities to help the young Lubavitchers of Crown Heights.

“Many within our community are inspired by an entrepreneurial spirit and have the talent and discipline to achieve great things. However, they need assistance to get their business off the ground and ride the many waves that the business world presents,” the rabbi shared. Yehoshua Werde, founder and director of CYE. “Our business events, one-on-one mentors, and financial offers are here to help.”

The event featured an open buffet offering a tasty dinner and an open bar, crafting custom drinks upon request. After a period of social chatter and social media, Rabbi Werde opened the evening’s official proceedings with a letter from the Rebbe, encouraging one person not to fear competition in his business. Realizing that our livelihood comes from Hashem, the Rebbe writes, he reminds us that both our business successes and setbacks are not in our hands but in His.

Rabbi Werde then invited Norm Brodsky to address the crowd. Norm drew on his life experience, sharing his successes and his failures with his audience. He then opened the session for questions from the crowd, handing a copy of his 2008 book, The Knack, to questioners.

The second half of the evening was dedicated to networking, where participants mingle with each other to gain information and build relationships. Six Crown Heights entrepreneurs, each advanced in their field, were on site, offering their wisdom and experience to the participants one by one.

Jacob Hecht from OnTime Watch Co. he thoroughly enjoyed the event, which led him to enroll in the Young Founders Circle. “It was my first CHEE event and I was not disappointed,” shared Yaacov. “It is inspiring to feel part of a community of career-minded Jews, those just starting out in business alongside those with many years of experience under their belt, coming together to connect and form relationships.”

“I met with some of the most successful Jews in industries across the spectrum, and was struck by their enthusiasm for helping guide young entrepreneurs like me as we try to make our way through the chaos of big industry. It was really extraordinary,” she shared with us Shaya Kohn, founder of Universal Contracting Group LLC.

Registration is now open for the Young Founders Circle at

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