Austin Jewish Business Network Offers Opportunity for Professionals to Connect

Austin Jewish Business Network Offers Opportunity for Professionals to Connect

AJBN member Michelle Feibus has made business and personal connections through the professional organization. Photo courtesy of Michelle Feibus.

By Jennifer Lava

The Austin Jewish Business Network is Austin’s oldest Jewish business networking Group, formed in 1988 with more than 800 members. This month, AJBN highlights one of the group’s members, Michelle Feibus.

Feibus has been in Austin for 19 years and a member of AJBN for three years. She was born in Philadelphia, attended Rutgers University, then moved to Florida, where she met her husband, Steve, and had their first son. They moved to Atlanta, where they had their second son, then moved to Austin in 2000. This year they are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary and are active members of Temple Beth Shalom.

AJBN asked Feibus about her experience with the organization.

AJBN: Have you made any business contacts as a result of your participation in AJBN?

Feibus: Besides making business connections, I’ve also enjoyed making personal connections.

AJBN: Have you hired anyone for the services they provide as a result of your AJBN connection?

Feibus: Yes, there’s a tremendous benefit to meeting folks in the group and learning about their businesses. When I need that service, I feel very comfortable working with members. We all want to help each other succeed.

AJBN: What has been your favorite AJBN event?

Feibus: No one event stands out, but I really enjoy visiting each others’ businesses and learning about what’s offered and how it benefits Austin. Our membership owns and works at such diverse companies.

AJBN: What is your most fun story as a result of participating in AJBN?

Feibus: No one story comes to mind, but just a visual of all the smiles on people’s faces as everyone greets everyone at the events.

AJBN: What would you tell someone else who was considering attending an AJBN event to encourage them to come?

Feibus: It’s a nice group of people who want to help you succeed.

Feibus has been working at United Healthcare/AARP Partner as a Medicare specialist for a year. She is a “Medicare Matchmaker,” and she helps her clients decide which Medicare plan best meets their needs. Feibus assists people when they are turning 65, retiring from their companies, have just moved to Austin, and during Medicare open enrollment from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Because Medicare is so confusing, she helps people understand it and gives a lot of Medicare 101 talks in the community.

For Feibus’ help with determining your Medicare options, contact her at YourMedicareOptions@gmail.com or 512-585-1122.

Join AJBN for happy hour to mingle, mix, schmooze, make new friends and exchange business for free. Each month a different business sponsors AJBN’s happy hours.

AJBN events are usually held the third Tuesday of each month. There is no fee to attend. AJBN is the key to cultivating employees, clients, jobs, business relationships, contacts, friends, knowledge and special offers.

AJBN invites to its monthly networking meetings all Jews, those partnered with Jews and JCC members. AJBN welcomes people in all fields and professions, people hiring, people looking for work, people providing services, entrepreneurs, those who work for others, those new in town and who have been living in Austin for years. Bring business cards, promotional materials, resumes and announcements to share.

Are you are interested in sponsoring or hosting an AJBN happy hour? Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to get your name and business out in front of a large part of the community.

Sponsorship and hosting provide promotion and visibility to more than 800 AJBN members via Meetup, Linkedin and Facebook; exposure to almost the entire Jewish community and JCC members via The Jewish Outlook and JCC and synagogue bulletins; and 10 to 15 minutes live promotion of your business to the attendees at the event.

Choose from upcoming AJBN available dates, the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m.: August 20, September 17, October 15 and Dec. 17.

Sponsorship and hosting can be shared with multiple businesses, and all involved receive promotion. Sponsors and hosts provide venue, appetizers, beverages and door prizes. AJBN typically has 25 to 40 people in attendance.

If you have further questions about AJBN, want to sponsor an event or donate a door prize, contact Jody@HabitatHunters.com or 512-587-5824, or visit linkedin.com/groups/92799 or facebook.com/groups/169380519894610.

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