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.
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.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on businesspeople in transition, will meet Tuesday, September 10, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building. Business people and local professionals are invited for networking, followed by a presentation at 6 pm by Don E. Smith, on “Just Start Speaking: Job Seekers.”
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will be holding a second constituent service workshop to inform small businesses about the benefits the Affordable Care Act offers them and their employees on Tuesday evening. Representatives from Access Health CT, the US Department of Labor, and the US Small Business Administration along with Congresswoman Esty and members of her staff will be available to answer questions and provide information to help small business owners purchase affordable health insurance.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, August 13, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building, on the campus of St Rose of Lima in Newtown. Attendance to NFP meetings is free. Professionals and businesspeople are invited to attend for networking, followed by a presentation at 6 pm by Liz Meyer on "Leveraging Social Media and Personal Branding in The Job Search."