Issue 05: Annnnnd we're back!

Issue 05: Annnnnd we're back!


We're baaa-aaack...

How my week-long vacay turned into a "reset" month.

The last time I wrote, I was fixing to take a week off from newsletters and social media. We had an amazing trip to upstate NY. I even got some work-related stuff done each day we were gone! But when I came back, I realized that I had to re-prioritize my time + direction with CollabCreate.

Up to that point, my focus had been on Instagram and writing this newsletter for our community. But the time off gave me space and clarity to think about the bigger picture of what I want to do with this brand. There are So Many Things I want to build for you all, and I'm not serving my purpose by spending the bulk of my time on social media content at this point.

So, this month I've been revamping our website, planning more community events for the fall, and working on some exciting partnerships that I cannot wait to share with you soon! On social media, I'm still running Stories features but we're taking a pause on posts until August. In the meantime, keep tagging @collabcreatedc in what you're doing so we can continue to share!

I also realized that I wanted to "niche down" the content of this newsletter... women and non-binary folx make up 85% of the CollabCreate DC audience. They're the ones showing up at our events, requesting features on our feed, and just generally working the hardest to expand their businesses and collaborations in our community. So going forward, I decided to tweak the focus of this newsletter to cater to women and non-binary entrepreneurs.

For the community at large, I'll soon be launching a separate mailing list with an exciting new feature that will help you meet and match with people + resources for your business through a collaborative local network. We're starting to collect information for a DC venues database to help match people with spaces for events, pop-ups, and workshops. AND we're working on a shared calendar where you can submit your events for everyone to see.

Thank you for your continued support + participation in this process! If you have any thoughts or requests for things you'd like to see in this community, please reply to this email and share with me.

Elle VanDyne, Community Creatrix
summer drink dreams | from local food photographer @frenchlyphotography

quick reads that caught my eye this week...

As an entrepreneur, defining the boundaries between work and personal can be tricky. I loved the "house" analogy in this article on The Thought Experiment That Helped Me Set Boundaries at Work.

Having a "personal brand" is a major buzzword these days. How do you find the balance between putting yourself out there, being yourself, and still reaching your target demographic? By realizing that building a brand isn't always about making yourself look good.

As we get older and busier, it feels harder to make new connections. This author shares how focusing on your network of low-stakes casual friendships is the best way to reap strong rewards. When you look at it this way, the opportunities are endless. 

exciting new things from the community...

Get Featured

New on our website: details on how to Get Featured on CollabCreate's Instagram feed, Stories, and mailing lists. We're looking for people + businesses to share with our community!

Find out how to get featured...

Food + Beverage Pop-up

Are you a food or beverage entrepreneur looking for a way to get your brand out there? 

We have the exclusive scoop on an opportunity in a downtown DC retail space looking for new partnerships.

Email Elle for more details...

Beacon DC

If you're not on the Beacon DC mailing list, you're missing out on major local opportunities curated for women entrepreneurs.

Beacon's mailing list is FULL of resources for networking, getting funded, growing your business, and more.

Check out events + subscribe

ways to grow, connect + collaborate...

August Work Wives Club

Our first meeting was everything we hoped it would be! Now's your chance to join us for the next meetup, on 8/7 at Yoga Heights DC.

Bring some work and get ready for a productive session of connections +  community-building.

Tickets are limited... get in now!

Work Wellness Workshop

As entrepreneurs, our time is limited and our to do lists are long. Alice Hu of Woo Woo Company presents a workshop designed to help you maximize your time + energy and prioritize your goals.

Get on it + get organized

Women's Circle Leader Training

Are you ready to expand your client base or start your own community group? This 12-week live course from Danielle Waldman will take you step-by-step through what it takes to create + grow the community of your dreams.

Learn more + join the circle!

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