Corey Williams, Author at The Contactually Blog | For Relationship-Based Businesses
K9to5: Contactually Makes Connections with Animals

K9to5: Contactually Makes Connections with Animals

The minute you walk into our offices here in downtown DC, it’s pretty clear that we’re animal-lovers. Most likely you’re greeted by one of the resident dogs and nearly everyone is a pet owner or a lover from afar of our office hounds. Dogs have been a part of the Contactually family since Day 1, when our founders Tony and Zvi were bringing their pups Tucker and Astro to the early stage Contactually meetings. We currently have 6 dogs that are regulars in the office, and average about 3 pups a day. Having dogs in the office is an awesome benefit, not only for stress relief and entertainment, but for employees who don’t need to worry about rushing home to let the dog out or finding a dog walker. It was a pretty easy leap for us to do our community outreach partnered up with the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC and last week we got to go over there and so some of the ‘heavy’ lifting at the shelter Contactually and the animals: I foster through City Dogs Rescue, which is another great DC animal welfare organization that rescues dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in VA, SC, NC, and WVA. They are 100% foster based, and really rely on volunteers to allow them to scoop up animals who are next in line for euthanization and bringing them to DC to be adopted. Being able to bring a dog to work provided me with a unique opportunity to foster a dog. A lot of dogs who are in search of their forever homes suffer from separation anxiety and really...
Founder’s Day 2016: Celebrating 5 Years as Contactually

Founder’s Day 2016: Celebrating 5 Years as Contactually

Since our company’s inception in October of 2011, we’ve found different ways to celebrate Founder’s Day and this year, of course, was no exception. This was my first Founders Day and I had big expectations to live up to. This year, we turned five. This is a very special milestone for startups, cause if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably doing something right.  Founder’s Day 2015 included a highly contentious scavenger hunt that had the entire company running around DC…. We went in a slightly different direction this year to great success – if I do say so myself – and after several months of planning, we arrived at a near perfect day to celebrate Contactually and everything we do, represent, and love. Leading up to the big day, I met with the Founders a few times in the planning process to see what had been done for prior Founder’s Day and collect feedback on what they’d like to see this year. For the most part, they let me run wild with my ideas (for which I am very appreciative). As I ran wild with my ideas, I also kept them a secret from most of the company and it wasn’t until we got to our first destination on the morning of, they had no idea what was in store for the whole day.  Read on for the FULL story of our Founder’s Day… Okay, so after a delicious breakfast of biscuits and a brief presentation in the office from Zvi and some of our longstanding employees, we all piled on to a bus and headed east….to Annapolis, Maryland. Like...
Why We Have an Annual Company Retreat

Why We Have an Annual Company Retreat

This year, Contactually trekked to Winchester, Virginia for our annual company retreat. It’s a tradition that’s been passed down since the first formative year of the company and something that continues to remain an important part of our company culture, even as we grow exponentially and the logistics become a bit difficult. Our CEO, Zvi, handed me the reins as our new Operations Manager and let me go ahead with the planning. He gave me a few stipulations, and a little background and that was that. Retreat 2016 was a sweeping success, one of the best yet or so everyone told me, and it turns out that a couple days away from our desks can do a lot for team bonding and company morale. An inside look at the 2016 Contactually company retreat…. The history Some background on our retreat, back in the early days of Contactually, the team jetted down to Miami for retreat because as Zvi put it, “as intense as the early days were, we wanted Contactually to be a fun place,” and we’ve been doing it ever since! The first few were a bit unstructured and because of that, unproductive. Since then, the overall goal has always been to put together a full schedule that’s a good mix of fun, team bonding, collective brainstorming, and some personal development. One of the best things that we’ve done consistently at the retreat, is have an open-ended discussion about improving the company. Every year at retreat, we revise our company values. This year we broke out into small brainstorming groups and was one of the most important aspects of retreat. Usually...