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1. Calendar of Events
Mark your calendar with these upcoming events!

March 30, Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. Tales from the Trenches: Lessons from a Seasoned CEO

What separates those entrepreneurs who fret about the economy and those who thrive in ANY economic situation?  In this unique interview-style session, we'll learn about (and from) the renowned DC entrepreneur Michael Caggiano.  Successes and failures will all be on the table as we ask Michael to share his most memorable experiences and lessons learned.  We encourage each attendee to submit your questions in advance as well as during the program.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from a business veteran who has used his uncommon business sense, unrelenting perseverance and humor to overcome all kinds of challenges to build multiple successful and profitable companies.

April 21, 7-10pm. Kismet for Kidsave: Who are YOU meant to meet?

Kismet for Kidsave is now an annual FUNdraising event where you'll get to network with fellow entrepreneurs as well as business, political, and cultural luminaries AND help orphaned and foster children find their forever families! Join YES!Circle in supporting this one-of-a-kind fundraising event and see who YOU are meant to meet! 

May 17, Mon, 6:30-8:30pm. Nurture Marketing: How to turn Old contacts into New Opportunities

Dead Leads, Old Business Cards and Unqualified Prospects: Studies show that 40 - 80% of leads expire in the first 6 months due to a lack of proper nurturing and development.  (No, you’re not the only one with a desk drawer full of other people’s business cards.)  Nurture Marketing is the process of repeatedly ‘touching’ your suspects, prospects and existing customers with a series of consistent messages over time to educate them on the value of your product or service. 

This engaging, informative session will help you understand: Why and how Nurture Marketing programs work; How to organize your suspects, prospects and customer contacts; and What a successful, cost-effective campaign entails and how to make it all happen!

Mar. 21, Mon, 6:30-8:30pm. How to Turn Prospects into Clients

Dislike selling?  Hate cold calling?  Want an easier, more consistent way to turn prospects into clients?  Learn the super-effective, easy-to-follow method that will help you to become the master of the selling process and take your business to a whole new level!

Feb - Mar. Business Alchemy
Are you ready to take your business to a whole new level despite the economy?  Are you committed to making 2012 your most profitable, productive and rewarding business year yet?  Business Alchemy is for entrepreneurs who are simply not complacent with the status quo.   If you are ready to create a solid, lucrative, consistent business this dynamic, innovative program will give you all the tools, clarity, confidence, momentum and support you need to reach your goals! 

Apr. 25, Wed, 6:30-8:30pm. How to Protect (and Profit from) Your Intellectual Property

Did you know that your company possesses invaluable Intellectual Property (IP) assets that need to be protected?  Your vision, creativity, and hard work have built a unique brand, smart business practices, and a competitive advantage in the market place.  So what are you doing to protect (and profit from) your Intellectual Property? 

Tue, June 26, 6:30-8:30pm. SCALE Your Business: How to Create an Advisory Team that Drives Your Growth & Profit

The strategy that made the biggest impact on the growth of Marissa Levin’s multi-million-dollar global business is the implementation of an advisory board. After painstakingly dissecting the process she used to create the board that revolutionized her business, she decided to share it with other entrepreneurs.  Always an innovator, Marissa created SCALE™, a ground-breaking method that helps other business owners recruit, implement, and leverage their own business-altering advisory boards and she's excited to share her success formula with us at YES!Circle. 

Oct. 13, Sat, 10am-1pm. Visioning Mini-Retreat

Back by popular demand!  This experiential, reflective half-day retreat brings together creative, success-minded visionaries in a beautiful, open-air setting (weather permitting) right in the heart of the DC area. If you feel like you're called to work and play a bigger game, this retreat will give you the time, space and supportive environment to reconnect with your vision, mission and commitment to your dream! 

For more information please email the retreat facilitator - and YES!Circle Chief Visionary - Margarita Rozenfeld.  Location details will be sent to all registered participants.  Please join us!

Dec. 17, Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. Holiday Networking Gala

Join YES!Circle at the hub of D.C. entrepreneurship - the Affinity Lab - as we celebrate the year's successes, challenges and lessons learned with like-minded entrepreneurs in a warm, festive environment. Admission includes yummy refreshments, drinks, networking with kindred spirits, silent auction to benefit NFTE and door prizes!  Magic happens when networking circles connect, so don't miss this great event!

Huge thanks to the Affinity Lab and the William James Foundation  for hosting the party!  If you would like to contribute a silent auction item to benefit NFTE or to co-sponsor this event, please email margarita@yescircle.org.  All contributions will be publicly acknowledged, so go ahead, jump onboard!

 

 

Jan. 22, Wed, 6-8pm. Strategic Visioning & Planning for Entrepreneurs

Where does time go?  It’s 2014 - are you where you thought you’d be?  Not just this year, but since you started your business?  Whether you are meeting, exceeding or falling just a bit short of your goals (or New Year's resolutions), this workshop is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with your vision, become more strategic and purposeful about your business and begin creating a road map to where you WANT to be!  Isn’t it time you started working ON your business and not just IN your business?

 

Aug. 4, Mon, 9-11am. Peer Advisory Group

This is YES!Circle's acclaimed mastermind group!  Each month entrepreneurs meet to connect, share best practices and help peers resolve business-related challenges.  Inevitably you'll walk away with renewed motivation, fresh insights and invaluable new tools and resources for your business!  Due to the program's structured format please arrive no later than 8:45am. 

2. YES!Circle Success Quote

"Thank you for the wonderful Strategic Visioning seminar!  It provided the right thoughts at the right time. I cannot tell you how inspired I felt!"

- Mary Welch Higgins, Distinct Studios
3. Craft a Vision Statement, Get Inspired!
Two Cents from the Chief Visionary

As the first month of the first year of the new decade drew to a close it wasn’t just my clients thinking about “what’s next”.   Perhaps because I am celebrating eight years in business this month - wow, really, EIGHT?! - I’ve found myself drawn to every possible reflective, strategizing and planning exercise I could get my hands on.  While I’m still digging, pondering and reflecting I suddenly feel amazingly clear, focused and reenergized, I believe thanks to my newly-redefined and committed-to Vision Statement.  I can’t tell you how magical it is to have the vision that’s been moving and motivating me all these years expressed on paper:

"A world filled with communities that embrace entrepreneurship, collaboration and a spirit of giving.” 

It’s amazing how exhilarating a simple declaration of your vision and intentions can be!  Here’s how you can begin crafting your Vision Statement…  Read more

4. Member Spotlight
Pierrette Ashcroft, Get Organized DC

Get Organized DC is dedicated to helping busy professionals be more productive. We provide hands-on organizing services to help you clear your piles of paper, overloaded inbox and cluttered life so you can be more effective with your business while having more time and energy for family and yourself.  Read more

5. Community Contribution Corner
YES!Circle is a "Business That Cares"

YES!Circle passionately believes in furthering the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community and annually donates a portion of profit to the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a wonderful organization teaching entrepreneurial skills to at-risk D.C. youth. Over the last few years YES!Circle has contributed over $10,000 to NFTE  - thank you for helping us make a difference! 

6. YES!Circle Membership

Are you on your way to the top and want some company and support along the way?  YES!Circle is a vibrant community of dynamic, innovative entrepreneurs in all stages of business development.  Our mission is to create a positive, supportive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive professionally and personally by connecting them with like-minded people, educational resources and business opportunities.  Join us today!

7. Business Consulting & Coaching

Are you ready to take your company to the next level?  YES!Circle offers coaching, consulting and mentoring services for visionaries like you.  Whether you are seeking clarity, direction, focus, strategy or accountability in building your dream, we are here to help!  Join us today and receive an hour of complimentary coaching.  Please contact margarita@yescircle.org for more information. 

8. Sponsorship Opportunities

YES!Circle sponsorship is a fantastic way for companies catering to business owners to maximize awareness of their products and services. There are almost 3,000 subscribers to our Newsletter and we’re continuously growing, improving, and gaining recognition.  Please  contact us for further details on the exciting Sponsorship Opportunities with YES!Circle. 

9. Visibility Opportunities

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