By Alison Flangel

Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, digital media and customer outreach efforts. Jeremiah is on the board of directors for the Greater of Austin Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Austin, United Way for Greater Austin, the Austin Ed Fund and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also serves in a variety of other roles in community organizations throughout the Austin area. Jeremiah is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Austin Essentials program. Jeremiah lives in northwest Austin with his wife Brandy and two young boys. He’s active in the local elementary school, local soccer community and at Bethany United Methodist Church. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington with a BS in University Studies.

Jeremiah Bentley shares his experience as a supporter of EGBI.

To get started, would you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?

During the day, I’m the vice president of marketing & community affairs for Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Outside of work, my passion is soccer. I’m the co-host of Moontower Soccer, Austin’s most popular podcast. We put out a new episode every Tuesday covering the week’s match, discussing team news and interviewing players & front office personnel.

Why should people consider supporting or volunteering with EGBI?

EGBI fills an important niche in Austin in a very unique way. There’s no other organization that I can think of that provides such meaningful direct support for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The coaching services provided by EGBI volunteers have enabled countless businesses to grow and thrive, allowing Central Texans the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families. It seems like there’s no more rewarding work or volunteering opportunity than to help people realize the dreams that they have for themselves and help client unlock their human potential.

Why do you think it is important to support our Celebrating Success event?

The Celebrating Success event is one we’ve been involved with for a few years. The event exposes people who may not know about EGBI to the work of the organization. We’ve brought community partners and employees to the event in the past who had never heard of EGBI. But, once they saw the stories and understood EGBI’s work, they left inspired. It’s also important for the clients to see the success of others. Sometimes, when someone is struggling to build a business, they may feel like they’re alone. Events like this expose people to the real opportunities and potential out there.

Why is it important for people to support organizations like EGBI?

Organizations like EGBI are important because they create opportunities for individuals and help grow the economy of Texas. Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and every business starts with a person and an idea. Providing the coaching that allows those businesses to scale will help us all thrive in the future.

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Supporters like Jeremiah make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.