One year ago, longtime friends Patrick Kearney and Mary Edelman Wilson opened Queen Street Gifts and Treats in their hometown. To celebrate their first anniversary in business, Mr Kearney and Ms Wilson will be hosting a Meet The Artists Day at their store, at 3 Queen Street in Newtown. The celebration will run from 10 am until 3 pm and will include visits from painter Jim Chillington, Town Historian Dan Cruson, jewelry designer Lauren Frazier, and a special guest whose work is about to be featured in the shop.
Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can offer numerous advantages such as being your own boss, setting your own schedule, and making a living doing something you enjoy. But, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires thorough planning, creativity, and hard work. On October 29, Newtown's Economic Development Commission will offer a free workshop to help small business owners get started with writing a business plan, establishing a marketing plan, and cash flow. The following week the local EDC will host a workshop that will help business owners move toward financial stability. Both workshops will be held on Tuesday mornings at C.H. Booth Library.
Moving to the 121 Mt Pleasant Road location in Newtown a year ago was the “best thing we could have done,” said Al Lutrus, who along with his son, Brad, owns Berkshire Hearth and Home, a source for hearth products for residential and commercial use. “Coming from Danbury gives us a chance to grow our business,” said Al. Berkshire Hearth specializes in alternative heating sources, including wood stoves and wood stove inserts for fireplaces, pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts, and gas stoves and gas fireplaces.
The Women’s Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce will present special Honorary Recognition to Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra and former Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson at its 3rd Annual Heart of Women Award reception on Thursday, October 17, at the Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension. “The Heart of Women Award recognizes women who have made a lasting impact on their community and have inspired others into action,” said JoAnn Cueva, coordinator of the Women’s Business Council and a member of the nominating committee. “Both Pat and Janet have been driving forces for the residents of Newtown and we are honored to recognize their extraordinary efforts and accomplishments.” In addition to Mrs Llodra and Ms Robinson, Wilda Hayes, recently retired president and CEO of Ann’s Place, The Home of I Can, will receive the 2013 Heart of Women Award.
A chance meeting last year between a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” software developer for the retail industry and a investment portfolio manager has spawned a new market research enterprise enlisting consumers who are immediately rewarded for their efforts through a smartphone application. Rewardable.com is the brainchild of Newtown resident John Boccuzzi, Jr, and Peter Komassa, who currently resides in New York City. The pair launched their website Rewardable.com and its companion smartphone application recently, and have been piloting the project in and around Newtown and the Northeast.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be at Sal e Pepe Restaurant, 97 South Main Street, on Wednesday, October 9, from 8 to 9 am. David Curran of Bearingstar Insurance will be presenting about the “Ten Costly Insurance Mistakes Consumers Make.”
Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet next on Tuesday, October 8, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building at 46 Church Hill Road. Attendance to NFP meetings remains free. All are welcome to join the group for networking, followed by a presentation at 6 pm by Elizabeth Kaufman, on “Personal Branding.”
The state Labor Department threw some cold water Thursday on Connecticut’s optimistic job outlook. The department not only reported a 6,000-job decline in August, but scaled back the 11,500-job gain it announced in July by more than 16 percent. Despite the job losses, Connecticut’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in August at 8.1 percent. That’s because the number of people actively seeking employment also fell last month.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Connecticut is taking another step forward toward achieving a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents and businesses with the selection of two projects that will generate large amounts of electricity from clean energy sources, helping to achieve renewable energy goals at lower costs to ratepayers. The governor said the cost of power from the two projects — a solar installation slated for land in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine — will average under eight cents per kilowatt hour (k/Wh), a price close to matching the cost of power generated from conventional fossil fuel plants and some of the lowest costs ever obtained for solar and wind power in the region.
Servpro of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County believes there is no predicting when or where a disaster may strike, leaving property destruction and damage in its wake. But National Preparedness Month, sponsored each year in September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency focuses the nation’s attention on the steps home and business owners can and should take to be ready to respond to emergencies, including natural and human-made disasters.