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.
Despite its cavernous space and the banks of cardio equipment that line the front of the club, General Manager Wes Gonzalez said that Club:24 aims for a “family feel” in the atmosphere. “We know people by their first names, and I think that makes our members feel comfortable,” Mr Gonzalez said.
The next Newtown Chamber of Commerce monthly networking event will be at Sal e Pepe Restaurant, on Wednesday, September 11, from 8 to 9 am. Guest speaker Jim Jim Gulalo, of Preferred Insurance Services, will be presenting about the “ACA – Affordable Care Act,” also known as Obamacare.
The Working Women’s Forum (WWF), an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs will feature a program on “Blogging 101 and Beyond” by Susan Jensen Smith, during its first meeting of the 2013-14 season on September 11. Ms Smith is the founder and editor of YourHomeOnlyBetter.com. She also writes for HomeGoods.com and MyHomeScience.com, as well as blogging at SusanJensenSmith.com. She is enthusiastic, she says, about helping others find their voice to engage with their target audience.
CrossFit Hook’d (CFHD) opened its doors last month and has set its Grand Opening/Charity Fundraiser for Sunday, September 29, from 9 am to 1 pm. The grand opening will be held at the gym, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook. The day will offer an opportunity to meet the coaches and owners, learn more about the facility, and support CFHD’s first of many planned charitable events, Barbells for Boobs.