The next free monthly networking breakfast event hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown will be on Wednesday, December 9, from 8 to 9 am. Guest speakers Brenda McKinley and Andy McCulloch, from C.H. Booth Library, will present "It's Not Just Business As Usual at Your Library.” There is no charge to attend the event.
Fairfield County Giving Day will return on March 10, 2016. The event is an intense 24-hour online fundraising competition that unites the community around local causes close to the hearts of those who live in or support Fairfield County groups and organizations. Next year will mark the third annual Fairfield County Giving Day effort, a project of Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Sixteen Newtown-based nonprofits participated in the 2015 FCCF Giving Day, raising a combined total of $24,770.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro, 97 South Main Street, on Wednesday, November 11, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Alyssa Amaturo of the American Cancer Society.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a presentation on “Selling Skills for Non-Sales People” on Wednesday, November 11. Sales Trainer Jon Barber will offer a program that could be described as “everything you have always wanted to know about selling but were afraid to ask.” Please note this is a change from the previously announced program for this month’s Working Women’s Forum schedule.
The New Year will usher in dynamic efforts on the part of Newtown’s Chamber of Commerce to better serve both new and existing members according to its current president. Chamber leader Tim Haas sat down with The Newtown Bee in late October to talk about the local business support and promotions agency, its expanding efforts to attract new members, and plans to diversify and specialize certain areas of support through newly seated or strategic committees with expertise specific to certain member business types. “Our most active core members have been really busy working on ways to improve the chamber’s relevance to the community while becoming more engaged politically, socially, and economically,” Mr Haas said.
St Rose of Lima Church Outreach Ministry and Visiting Angels will be hosting a free seminar on “Plan, Prepare and Protect — Legal Strategies As We Age.” The workshop will focus on planning to ensure one’s financial and personal affairs will be handled as expected when they are no longer capable to care for themselves. Attorney Ann Fowler-Cruz will present the workshop on Tuesday, November 10. It will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place at the St Rose of Lima Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center, 38B Church Hill Road.
Every Newtowner who exercises their privilege to vote at local polls on November 3 can pick up an “I Voted“ sticker and spend the rest of Election Day enjoying the fruits of a partnership between local businesses and Support Our Schools (SOS), an educational advocacy group.SOS supports the best interests of Newtown’s children and a high quality education platform in Newtown. “As a nonpartisan organization, we are not endorsing any party or candidate, but rather are interested in encouraging all Newtown citizens to fulfill their civic duty and make their voices heard at the polls,” said spokesperson Erin Arcario. “We asked local businesses to participate in this activity by discounting services and/or goods at 10 percent for customers presenting the ‘I voted’ sticker on November 3,” she added.
Back in the late 1970s and early 80s, Newtown resident Sue Goldberg would commute over to Danbury to a job at Read’s Department Store. And while she loved the hustle and bustle of retail, working in a huge big box operation just didn’t suit her. Around the same time, husband Hugh, an electronics engineer working for RCA , was looking to purchase an early generation computer. That’s when they learned about an opportunity that would fulfill her passion for customer service and his talent for working with electronics. So they took Ethel and Phil Herbert (Effie and Hoppy) up on the offer to purchase their small Monroe Radio Shack store on busy Route 25. That was the beginning of a career for the couple that would span 33 years and find them assisting three generations of loyal local customers. Many of those customers have been returning in recent weeks, after learning Newtown’s Radio Shack would be closing for good on Sunday, October 25.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Effective Negotiating: Create A Win-Win Environment.” The event is Wednesday, October 14, at The Villa Restaurant in Sandy Hook. Joel Nezvesky, founder and managing director of RB Consulting, has more than 35 years of business experience, including in the financial, technology, retail, and real estate sectors. RB Consulting provides companies with strategic guidance and direction to achieve growth objectives.