Thursday, December 16, 2010

Full Circle Coupons - The Team

Who We Are

Full Circle Coupons is a New Hampshire-based business, family owned and family run. We've got kids in local schools where budgets are tight, know first-hand the struggles families are in, and have heard the troubles non-profits and other organizations have had in making ends meet. It's a tough time out there for everyone and there's no quick fix. Truth is, we're a family just like you, run a business just like yours or the one in which you work, and we live in a community just like yours (maybe even the same one). We're working to run a successful business while helping everyone in our community -- neighbors, friends, businesses, schools, causes and organizations -- a goal that makes it much easier to come to work every day.
Launched over the summer of 2010, the Full Circle website will go live in January 2011 and first serve the New Hampshire Seacoast with the hopes of expanding across the Granite State. 

Mission Statement

Full Circle Coupons is dedicated to building stronger communities through local commerce. We believe in the power of local shopping and use our state-of-the-art website to bring the buyers, sellers, and fundraisers in our community together to support each other. It is our goal not only to play and intermediary role but to immerse ourselves in the communities we serve and strive to create a positive experience through our website and our personal interactions with everyone who joins our Full Circle Community.     


Brett Bogart - Director of Business Development and Founder
Brett is a born-entrepreneur. He lives, breathes, and thinks business. Get him across the table from you and you'd be lucky to talk about more than his newest idea (and most likely his 3-year-old Dashiell). It's just his passion, and he's thrilled to finally have the plan of Full Circle Coupons in motion. Brett attended Castleton College in Vermont (where he enjoyed skiing much more than class) before leaving to begin his first venture at the age of 21. He travelled to New Zealand and spent the better part of the year hiking through the country and falling in love with the South Island before returning to take a post as the Director of Business Development and Co-Owner of Stevens Advanced Driver Training (also known as SkidSchool), a defensive driving program that teaches teens and other drivers evasive emergency techniques. He left SkidSchool in 2007, bounced around a thousand ideas, wrote a few dozen business plans, and tried to find another venture that fulfilled one of his most important "can I do this job" criteria -- does it make a positive impact on people's lives? After a year of fundraising with a traditional coupon book, Brett took the concept, made some improvements, hired a fantastic sidekick, and ran with it. When he's not working, which mind you is pretty rare, he enjoys racing cars (no joke) and spending time with his family and their 30 (who's counting anyway?) chickens at their South Hampton, New Hampshire home.   
Lauren Wise - Fundraising and Social Networking Specialist (a.k.a Fantastic Sidekick)
Lauren is just about the best social networking guru out there, and no, we're not at all biased. Through her own business, Wise to be Social, Lauren represents over 25 local businesses in their efforts to create a lasting and effective online presence. She literally works 16 hour days most days and wakes up incredibly early to write Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and blog about all things social and web-related. She works diligently to assist fundraising groups in their campaigns to raise money and knows about a thousand tricks on Facebook that we didn't even know existed! 

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