Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor have helped hundreds of small business people achieve their goals. Those agencies will participate in an outreach seminar providing Newtown and area business owners a breakdown of the various programs the state has to offer in efforts to help small businesses succeed and grow. The free seminar is set for Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 to 10 am, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library.
Ice cream lovers don’t have to hibernate during the winter now that Frosty Bear is open just a mile or so south of the Newtown–Monroe border on Route 25.
For five years, John Martin operated a very successful seasonal ice cream stand near Staples High School in Westport. But a couple of years ago he decided to begin looking for a location where he could remain open year-round, especially for those with a sweet tooth and no reservations about enjoying a cone or sundae during the coldest days of winter. He found that spot in a space previously occupied by a small Italian eatery, tucked between Creative Music and a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Mr Martin opened his doors in Monroe just as a heat wave descended on the region in mid-July, and he is seeing a steady stream of fair weather customers returning and expressing gratitude that they can continue to get their ice cream fix.
Praxair, Inc has announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim Sawyer will retire on December 31 after 28 years of service with Praxair and its predecessor company, Union Carbide. Mr Sawyer has served as Praxair’s CFO for 13 years. Matthew White of Newtown will succeed succeed Mr Sawyer as senior vice president and CFO, effective January 1, 2014.
The Newtown Economic Development Commission (EDC) is reminding Newtown community members that Small Business Saturday is November 30, Thanksgiving weekend.
According to EDC assistant Betsy Paynter, when people shop at small, independent, locally owned businesses, 68 percent of what they spend stays right in their community supporting local organizations and services.
“Small businesses are the heartbeat of communities,” she said in a release. “The corner store that creates jobs and the locally owned shop’s presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood.”
The Newtown Economic Development Commission (EDC) is reminding Newtown community members that Small Business Saturday is November 30, Thanksgiving weekend. According to EDC assistant Betsy Paynter, when people shop at small, independent, locally owned businesses, 68 percent of what they spend stays right in their community supporting local organizations and services.
During his post World War II military service, Homer Bennett served in the precarious position of tail gunner in a fighter bomber flying from what was at the time the largest ocean-going craft on earth, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. So when he returned to his home town of Southbury, a growing suburban community tucked into the southern fringe of the Litchfield hills, he did what a lot of young returning veterans did — bought a car and got himself a job to pay it off. A short time later, Mr Bennett bought one of his first garbage collection routes in Oakdale Manor for $350, but balked at the $1,300 price tag the seller fixed to his garbage truck. Instead, he picked up a Model A Ford dump truck for $85 and began acquiring other trash routes, eventually amassing routes throughout Southbury and parts of Oxford.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will host a program on “The Resilient Life” on Wednesday, November 13, at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road. Networking and light dinner begin at 6 pm followed by guest speaker Dr John Woodall.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 6, from 5 to 7 pm, at its Newtown location at 127 South Main Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation and how to get involved. Guests will also be witness to a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Fire Selectman Pat Llodra. Drinks and appetizers will be available. The event is free, and all are welcome. It is being co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown.
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.