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EnterCircle 2023 followed the theme of "Thrive with Purpose," where attendees were encouraged to find purpose in everything they do. 

REVISIT ENTERCIRCLE 2023

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November 14, 2023

JVC SHOWDOWN

The JVC Showdown, a startup pitch event, took place on November 14 at the link. The event featured a panel of esteemed judges who provided live feedback to the competing startups. Attendees had the opportunity to network and witness innovative ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs.

SPEAKERS

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JANET WYLIE

Engineer, Entrepreneur

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NASHON NICKS

Candidate for City Council

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DAN BENDER

Founder & Managing Director,
Ironclad AF

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JULIET NEGRETE ANDERSON

Founder, OnPay Solutions

Day two at EnterCircle featured the Premier Business Showcase and Awards Night. Highlights included a pitch competition, Community Growth Awards for Grace Aerospace, Pinnacle Communications Group, and ProfileGorilla, and a bustling business expo. The event also featured an address from County Administrator Joy Andrews, who provided valuable insights on the future of the St. Johns County. 

Cocktails for a Cause charity networking was help in support of the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2Hub, an organization dedicated to giving students in our region quality access to STEM2 education. 

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November 15, 2023

PREMIER BUSINESS SHOWCASE

SPEAKERS

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JOY ANDREWS

County Administrator, St. Johns County

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MELISSA WRIGHT

Director of Community Relations and Partnership,
Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub

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November 16, 2023

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM

the link hosted students from four St. Johns County high school career academies, providing insights from speakers on various topics, including valuable advice on shaping their futures. The school district's Career and Technical Education department facilitated the students' involvement.

Topics:

  • "How to Find Purpose as a Teen" - Father Rich Pagano

  • “Why I Became the Largest Tropical Smoothie Café Franchise Owner in the USA" - Nick Crouch, DYNE Hospitality Group

  • Mission Driven Entrepreneurship - Frank Benedetto, The HoneyBadger Project

  • “Finding Your Career in St. Johns County" - Scott Maynard, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce 

  • "Charting Your Own Course: Finding Purpose in Business and Life" - Jay Owen, Business Builders

  • SpaceX Launch and Recovery Operations - Marc Montemerlo, SpaceX

Students had the choice to take part in several interactive breakout sessions and workshops. 

  • "Healthcare Problems: It's not complicated. But it should be" Maarten Rotman, Mayo Clinic​

  • "​Dollars and Dreams Masterclass: Designing your Ultimate Financial Game Plan" Adam Lowe​

  • "Design Thinking for Rapid Innovation" Emily Skywark, CVS Health

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Youth Symposium

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

SPEAKERS

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FR. RICH PAGANO

St. John Paul II

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NICK CROUCH

Co-CEO and Founder, DYNE Hospitality Group

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FRANK BENEDETTO

Founder, The HoneyBadger Project

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SCOTT MAYNARD

VP Economic Development, St. Johns Chamber of Commerce

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JAY OWEN 

CEO, Business Builders

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MARC MONTEMERLO

Senior Marine Compliance Engineer, SpaceX

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MAARTEN ROTMAN

Entrepreneurial Education Manager, Mayo Clinic

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EMILY SKYWARK

Strategy and Portfolio Manager, CVS Health

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ADAM LOWE

President, Adam Lowe

November 17, 2023

WOMEN'S DAY

Women's Day stands as a cornerstone within the yearly EnterCircle summit. The event showcased speakers spanning diverse industries and professions, all with the aim of providing valuable insights to attendees embarking on their entrepreneurial ventures.

Topics:

  • Leadership Lessons from a former female football Player - Jan Spence, Jan Spence and Associates

  • "Achieving Success and Purpose in my Career" - Neera Shetty, PGA Tour

  • Biblical & Experiential Perspective to Purpose - Fr. Rich Pagano, St. John Paul II

  • "Growth Against All Odds" - Sonya Morales-Marchisillo, Pinnacle Communications Group​

  • "Becoming Bank Loan Ready" - Tillery Durbin

  • "Financial Matters" - Tina Bodnar, First Horizon Private Bank

  • Women in Business Panel 

    • Jessica Funke Ho, Urban Youth Park​

    • Pauline Sevigny, Grace Aerospace

    • Dr. Prasanthi Reddy, Rainbow Pediatric Center

  • "The Art and Science of Happiness" - Amy Dix, Authority Speakers Agency

  • "Defining Success on Your Own Terms" - Carolynn Castillo, Absolute Top Dollar

SPEAKERS

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JAN SPENCE

Professional Speaker,
Jan Spence and Associates

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NEERA SHETTY

Executive VP of Social Responsibility,
PGA Tour

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FR. RICH PAGANO

St. John Paul II

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SONYA MORALES-MARCHISILLO

CEO & Founder,
Pinnacle Communications Group

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TILLERY DURBIN

Assistant VP of Business Lending,
121 Financial

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TINA BODNAR

Private Banking Relationship Manager,
First Horizon Private Bank

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JESSICA FUNKE HO

Founder, Urban Youth Park

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PAULINE SEVIGNY

President, Grace Aerospace

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DR. PRASANTHI REDDY

Founder,
Rainbow Pediatric Center

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AMY DIX 

Co-Founder, Choose Happy, Authority speakers Agency

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CAROLYNN CASTILLO

CEO, Absolute Top Dollar

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JR. BUSINESS FAIR

November 18, 2023

EnterCircle is not just for established professionals, but it is designed to have something for every stage of the entrepreneurship cycle.

Children under 15 were given the experience of launching a startup of their own creation. The entrepreneurial experience was alive and well with enterprising ideas like a small blimp for neighborhood advertising, personalized cups and tumblers, car detailing, and a classic lemonade stand. 

Parents and community members came out to support the youth and see all of the hard work they put into building their businesses!

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

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MISSED OUT ON 2023?

No worries! EnterCircle 2024 is on it's way, and we know you aren't going to want to miss this year's electric program.

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