Forbes Biz Dev Council members worked hard in 2017 and are seeing their efforts pay off in the first month of the new year. From launching an e-book to seeing fantastic Q4 growth, these companies have a lot to celebrate. Below, we highlight three members and their big news.

Wayne Elsey Launches E-Book With DonorPerfect

Wayne Elsey

Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of full-service creative agency Elsey Enterprises, recently launched an e-book with DonorPerfect, 3 Key Elements to Take Your Nonprofit from Surviving to Thriving, to inspire and empower nonprofit leaders to achieve their world-changing visions.

This book is targeted at the current and future generation of leaders to give them the tools and strategies they need to succeed at some of the most important work on earth. The three elements of nonprofit success that Elsey shares are:

  • A new approach to leadership that reinvents rules
  • A vision for change based on four key building blocks
  • A comfort with discussing and managing money

Read more about this exciting news here.

Wayback Burgers Ends 2017 With New Store Openings, Master Agreements

Bill Chemero

Wayback Burgers, one of the nation’s fastest growing burger franchises, celebrated a strong Q4 with numerous new store openings and master agreements. FBDC member Bill Chemero is executive vice president at Wayback Burgers.

In Q4, Wayback Burgers opened 11 new restaurants, including one in Sudan. It now has 148 locations worldwide, including in 28 U.S. states and three other continents. Additionally, Wayback Burgers closed deals with master franchisees in both the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

“2017 was a year defined by unprecedented expansion into new communities all over the world, the development of innovative and appetizing new menu items, the embracing of new technological trends, and impressive improvements to all Wayback Burgers online properties. I am proud of our progress and anticipate even greater accomplishments in the future,” said Chemero.

Read more about its exponential growth here.

Micello Acquired by HERE

Ankit Agarwal

Micello is excited to announce that it is being acquired by HERE Technologies. Led by founder and CEO Ankit Agarwal, Micello develops indoor venue maps for mapping and navigation companies, retailers, hospital groups, mobile carriers and application developers worldwide. This opportunity will allow Micello to scale globally with partners all around the world and further its mission to map everything indoors.

“I’m thrilled and excited for the new era of indoor maps with HERE. Over the last decade, we’ve had the privilege of working with companies like Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Yelp, TomTom, HERE, Walmart, SingTel, ServiceNow, Steelcase, and so many more around the world,” said Agarwal. “I’m excited to see the work, the innovation, and the creativity we do together with HERE and to accelerate indoor mapping on a global stage.”

The transaction is expected to be finalized in Q1 of 2018. Upon closing, Micello will become part of HERE’s Internet of Things business unit.

Read more about this exciting acquisition here.

These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here.

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