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What it Takes to Go from War-Torn Iran to Successful Entrepreneur in America

What it Takes to Go from War-Torn Iran to Successful Entrepreneur in America

Successful serial entrepreneur is shining example of an immigrant living the American Dream

Those who know business statistics know how difficult it can be to have a thriving business in America. While many businesses open each year, just as many close up, and the five-year survival rate for a new business is only around 50%, according to the Small Business Administration. Add to that being an immigrant from a war-torn country in the Middle East, and it may seem like “successful American entrepreneur” is a far-fetched dream. Yet there are business success stories that inspire and motivate others, such as Alex Dastmalchi’s story. As a successful California-based serial entrepreneur today, he began from humble roots in war-torn Iran.

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) started its second year with a new administrative team, including BIM’s Associate Head of School, Ron Kim, formerly of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Director of Student Affairs for Upper School, and Tiffany Conroy, coming from St. Anne’s School in Annapolis, Md. The private school has more than doubled its enrollment since its inaugural year in 2016. Go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com for more information or call 703.854.1253.

LearningRx Of Reston, Vienna, VA. Earns National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Of Reston, Vienna, VA. Earns National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va., brain training centers were presented with a top, 2017 Customer Service Award at the company’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Colo. The award is given to centers that have shown a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. brain training centers averaged an overall score of 9.5 out of 10 for all clients that trained in the centers over the last year.To determine customer satisfaction, LearningRx uses a 10-point scale and asks clients (or their parents) the likelihood they would recommend LearningRx to a friend. The 10-point measurement of customer loyalty also works as a system to increase customer satisfaction.

“We love what we do…and we’re thrilled to be able to help others achieve their goals through brain training,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va.

How One Man Went from Homeless to Successful Entrepreneur

How One Man Went from Homeless to Successful Entrepreneur

Joe Pippins, founder of The Fishing Caddy, went from homeless to successful entrepreneur and won the competition on the Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME show

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that there are over 564,000 homeless people living on the streets of America. The last place that most people would assume they would end up is competing on a national television show as one of two entrepreneurs trying to sell their invention to the audience in order to win seed money. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Joe Pippins, founder of The Fishing Caddy, squared off against another entrepreneur on the Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME, and walked away with the grand prize of $20,000.

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence for the eighth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

“We’re always excited to be selected by Wine Spectator magazine; we have a passion for good wine, and we like to share that passion with our customers,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. recently revealed its newly constructed Black Box Theatre, perfect for intimate dance, music and theatre performances, seating 130. Costing $140,000 to build, MSA received an anonymous gift of $60,000 to help with the cost of the theatre. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

“We are the only Alexandria performing arts space to offer this type of theater for public use in Alexandria,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “Other performing arts groups can also take advantage of this space through rental options, as we encourage more performing arts opportunities in the greater Alexandria area,” said Dobbs.

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 21 Fairfax County area schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 130 attendees joined the event, including Jay Pearson, executive principal, Region 2, Fairfax County Public Schools and Maureen Loftus, youth and education chair for the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Tysons Regional Chamber partners with area schools to celebrate and honor selected students who deserve recognition for positive potential or significant improvements. The Chamber Stars event celebrates the accomplishment of students who have persevered despite significant obstacles or personal struggles.