Are you prepared for the next storm or potential emergency? The Newtown Economic Development Commission (EDC) will offer “Community Preparedness: Small Businesses and Families Leading the Way by Preparing Themselves,” a free seminar, on Tuesday, August 13. Attendees will learn how to prepare and protect themselves and their businesses in case of an emergency.
The US Small Business Administration reminds Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Connecticut that August 23, 2013 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. Loans are available from the SBA for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy between October 27 and November 8, 2012. PNPs located in the seven Connecticut counties, including Fairfield County, that provide non-critical services, are eligible to apply. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs such as ongoing operating expenses for eligible non-critical PNP organizations. This assistance is available regardless of whether an organization suffered any physical property damage.
Ron Provenzano, proprietor of the hair salon Ronnie’s II, which opened in April, in Sandy Hook Center, is pleased to return to the town where his grandfather operated the Sandy Hook Barbershop, later owned by his uncle John Provenzano.
Fusion 25's interesting color and interior design schemes compliment the meticulously constructed appetisers, salads and martinis, as well as the signature rolls, house specialties, desserts and other menu fare that may change daily or weekly depending on the availability of the freshest ingredients at market. All the dishes at Fusion 25 are desihned and tested under the watchful eye of head chef Jimmy Zhen.
Residents and business professionals with ideas about how Newtown and the region can attract and retain various economic development projects are being sought to participate in four focus groups being organized for June 18 and June 20. As part of the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the Western Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) is participating in a series of public outreach meetings. These include issue-based meetings, focus groups, and a survey to a cross section of businesses in the region.
Wells Fargo Bank will host a Newtown Chamber Business Gathering on Wednesday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, in the local branch at 26 Church Hill Road. Along with a networking reception, guests will have the opportunity to meet Wells Fargo representatives from the banking group, mortgage group, and financial advisory group at the Newtown branch. Appetizers and wine will be served. There is no charge for this event, however, reservations are requested.
After unanimous approval by the Boards of Selectmen and Finance, two local Business Incentive Plan (BIP) applicants will be making their final appeals to the Legislative Council at a regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 19. Both projects are being recommended for the town's limited tax abatement program by the Economic Development Commission and Elizabeth Stocker, Newtown's director of economic and community development. The program is designed to spur both new economic development as well as improvements to existing commercial properties to spur business retention and expansion.
The next Working Women’s Forum (WWF) gathering, on Wednesday, June 12, will be a networking only event. The meeting format traditionally is networking at 6, followed by appetizers and cash bar, and usually a presentation. This month, attendees will participate in a discussion with the theme “Two things you might not know about me,” which is meant to be a fun time for women to get to know each other better. Meetings are generally completed by 9 pm.
Kenny Kong and Lily Liu, a licensed aesthetician for more than ten years, opened the Newtown Bella Nail Spa on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Nail Spa offers the latest in nail care, including gel color and sculpted nails; massage services; facials; and waxing, in a relaxing atmosphere. Eight pedicure stations and eight table stations mean that there is rarely a long wait for walk-in customers. Appointments are also taken by calling 203-501-9799.