The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will have its next meeting Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30-8 pm. The group will be in the Knights of Columbus building, 46 Church Hill Road (to the east of the St Rose Church sanctuary). Join the group for networking, followed by a presentation at 6 pm by Michael Shavel, a career counselor with the Connecticut Department of Labor, on “The Advanced Resume.” There is no admission charge.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is continuing its free monthly networking activities open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on May 14. The guest speaker is Ron Bellenot, of Bellenot & Boufford LLC, who will present "Five Mistakes Small Business Owners Need to Avoid.”
Work From Home Newtown-CT will host its next lunch gathering on Friday, May 30. Remote workers, home-based business owners, sole proprietors, jobseekers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, et al, are invited to join Newtown resident Greg Pategas for networking and socializing beginning at 11:30 am, at Sweet Mango.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk titled “If I Wasn’t (What I’m Doing Now), I Probably Would Be...” on Wednesday, May 14, at The Villa Restaurant. Networking and light dinner begin at 6 pm, followed by discussion of career paths.
Before Randy Eskenazi settled in nearby Brewster, N.Y., the financial advisor and his wife had looked at Newtown, “and fell in love with the town,” he said. So when the Edward Jones Investment boutique office space in Newtown became available this past summer, Mr Eskenazi relocated his White Plains, N.Y., office to 19 Church Hill Road, where he is happy to offer a broad range of financial services. After taking some time to refresh and brighten the space, Mr Eskenazi opened his doors for business in August 2013. What makes the Edward Jones Investment brokerage stand out from other firms, he said, is the personal service. At the 19 Church Hill Road location, it is just Mr Eskenazi and branch office administrator Kimberly Lydon on site.
In pursuing her second career, Agni Pavlidou Kyprianou of APK Designs, LLC, feels she has finally landed in the job she was meant for. A computer programmer of custom database applications for financial businesses, before taking off ten years to be at home with her children, Ms Kyprianou returned to school and received her bachelor of fine arts in interior architecture and design from the Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco. She has been working as a designer for four years. She opened her own business, operated out of her Sandy Hook home, in 2012. APK Designs, LLC, an interior architecture and design firm for commercial and residential customers, was the recipient of a Best of 2013 Award from Hauzz.com, a residential website.
After an extended promotional campaign, where the community was invited to submit picks for their favorite Newtown businesses in four different categories, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Newtown announced the 2014 Business of the Year award winners during a recent celebration at the Inn at Newtown. Supporters were permitted vote as often as they desired for a specific business, and organizers encouraged contenders to set up voting stations at their locations to encourage clients and customers to vote when they were on premises. All nominees received honorable mentions, with the top three vote-getters in each category being invited to the awards dinner and ceremony on March 31, when Chamber President Tim Haas and Newtown Rotary official Brian Amey handled the Business of the Year presentations. Top honorees this year were Biscotti, Etc, Dental Associates (who won two categories) and Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro.
Work From Home Newtown-CT will host its next lunch gathering on Friday, April 25. Remote workers, home-based business owners, sole proprietors, jobseekers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, et al, are invited to join Newtown resident Greg Pategas for networking and socializing beginning at 11:30 am, at Sweet Mango.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “An Overview of Local, State and Federal Government Resources for Small Business” on Wednesday, April 9, at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road in Sandy Hoo...
Newtown-based Sonics & Materials, Inc celebrated two major events with several high-profile guests March 20. The company welcomed Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, and First Selectman Pat Llodra to its 45th anniversary luncheon, which also served as an impromptu 75th birthday party for Sonics & Materials founder, President and CEO Robert S. Soloff. The high tech firm with offices on Church Hill Road, in New York, and a field office in Shanghai, China, is a leading supplier of plastics welding systems and ultrasonic liquid processing equipment. Sonics & Materials, a privately held, family-owned business, was started in 1969 in Danbury by Mr Soloff and one additional employee. Sonics opened its offices in Newtown 16 years ago and currently employing 75 people at its headquarters, along with a worldwide network of distributors and representatives.