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Friendly Toast owner kicks off business nonprofit launch

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September 16. 2018 7:12PM
Eric Goodwin operates the Friendly Toast, a chain of casual restaurants with five locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, with a new one under construction in Bedford. Goodwin is scheduled to address the Association for Corporate Development at its kickoff dinner meeting in Manchester on Oct. 18 at Fratello's Event Center. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — Entrepreneur Eric Goodwin, owner of Goodwin Recruiting, 360 Intel and the Friendly Toast restaurant group, will be the speaker at Oct. 18 kickoff of the Association for Corporate Development, a new business nonprofit.

“ACD is about finding ways to support business leaders by offering events and resources to help them grow and flourish,” said John Ela, founder, president and chairman of ACD, in a news release. “We want to help our community to develop greater capabilities to drive business growth and address the needs of a growing and successful business.

The association plans to offer five dinner meetings annually that will address creating, growing and capturing business value, as well as job creation. Most of the events will be held at Fratello’s Event Center, 155 Dow St., Manchester from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin and a business partner Scott Pulver operate the Friendly Toast, a chain of casual restaurants with five locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. They are opening a new one in Bedford under construction at the Market and Main development at the site of the former Macy’s.

Other scheduled speakers for the meetings include Stuart Matthews of Metapoint Partners, Robert Craven of MegaFood, Tom Raffio of Northeast Delta Dental and Steve Lishansky of Optimize International. ACD will also host a joint meeting with the Financial Management Association of New Hampshire on Nov. 13.

ACD is governed by an 11-member board of directors that includes John Ela of Ela Management Group LLC, Bud Abbott, Fiduciary Trust; Rob Busch of Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico; Matt Cookson of Cookson Strategic Communications; Tony Delyani of McLane Middleton; Jim Grace of Silver Pine Capital; Julie Morse of Orr & Reno; Matt Nadeau of Nathan Wechsler & Co.; Ken Schaefer of Business Transition Strategies; Kelley Small of Standish Executive Search; and Susan Woods of Chartworth LLC.

For more information visit or contact John Ela at (603) 848-7194 or Jen Meceli for administrative or registration support at


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