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What it Takes to Succeed in Business for 10 Years

What it Takes to Succeed in Business for 10 Years

 

The Small Business Administration estimates that approximately 550,000 new businesses open, each year, and that another 660,000 close. What’s more, only about a third of all businesses that open are expected to last to the 10-year mark. The people at CURLS, which just celebrated its 10-year mark, have learned some of the secrets to success, along the way, and what it takes to last for the long haul.

“I started out with a blueprint for what it would take to succeed in business, a full marketing and business plan,” explains Mahisha Dellinger, founder and chief executive officer of CURLS. “I also knew that I had a product that people needed."

Pucker Up! Cosmetic Company, EnvyDerm, Introduces Volumizing Lip Plumper and Intensive Lip Renewal

 Pucker Up! Cosmetic Company, EnvyDerm, Introduces Volumizing Lip Plumper and  Intensive Lip Renewal

Moroccan native and creator of EnvyDerm Cosmetics company, Nadia Smith, has now added two new products to her beauty repertoire: the spearmint Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper and coconut Intensive Lip Renewal Therapy!

Meet the Rabkin Behind the Rubik

Meet the Rabkin Behind the Rubik

Ashby Ponds resident Dick Rabkin worked as a patent attorney who helped bring the Rubik’s Cube to America
 

(ASHBURN, VIRGINIA) – Dick Rabkin spent over 15 years working as a patent and trademark attorney for Ideal Toy Company, which manufactured and distributed toys, dolls, and games beginning with the Teddy Bear in the early 1900s.  “I had toys and games all over my office,” said Rabkin.  The Ideal Company’s largest competitors were Hasbro and Mattel before the company was dissolved in 1985 a few years after being purchased by CBS.  Some notable toys produced by the Ideal Toy Company include Mr. Machine, Chrissy, Betsy Wetsy, the Magic 8-Ball, and the Rubik’s Cube. 

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Along with two other top designers, Marika Meyer discusses reasons to hire an interior designer

Hiring an interior designer has often been thought of as a luxury. But in reality, a designer can save you time and money.

Interior Designer Marika Meyer joined designers Barbara Hawthorn and Skip Sroka at the Washington Design Center last week to Demystify Interior Design. Moderated by Washingtonian Senior Editor Sherri Dalphonse, the discussion focused on when and why you should hire a designer.

According to Meyer, designers offer:

Festive Foods

Festive Foods

When Lauren Levine and Howard Foer left their jobs in 1987 to start their own full-service catering and event planning company together, they aimed to raise the bar for catered events in the D.C. metro area. For the past 25 years, Festive Foods has honored its motto to cater to the individual and served up one memorable event after another. From corporate luncheons to intimate weddings and gala dinners for Washington’s elite, Festive Foods has earned a reputation as one of the best catering vendors in the area.

Gene Riechers: Valhalla Partners

Gene Riechers:  Valhalla Partners

With over 25 years of experience in venture capital, Gene Riechers has a wealth of knowledge for entrepreneurs to draw on. Gene was one of the founders of the Valhalla Partners, where he remains as a Senior Advisor. Prior to co-founding Valhalla Partners, Gene was co-founder and managing director at FBR Technology Partners, where he helped to foster a culture of success, overseeing the initial public offering of webMethods, the most successful IPO in history. Gene has spent years working in a variety of senior operating roles at technology companies and is the co-founder of the MindShare program, an invitation only development program for CEOs in the greater Washington D.C. region. We were fortunate to speak to Gene and ask him a few questions about venture capital and entrepreneurship.