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.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is hosting two networking events on Wednesday, April 9, that are open to all local business professionals. The first event of the day is happening at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro, from 8 to 9 am. Chad Joshpe of 5 Tool Financial will present "A Sensible Approach to Creating a Legacy through Charitable Giving,” and it will include a step-by-step technique of creating a fiscally responsible approach toward supporting respectable, nonprofit charities. Wednesday evening, local business people and professionals are invited to a joint-chamber Business After Hours event to be held at Fusion 25, 123 South Main Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Newtown Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring this event with Monroe Chamber of Commerce.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, April 8, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building, 46 Church Hill Road. There will be time for attendees to network with peers, managers, local business owners, and professionals, followed by a presentation at 6 pm by Cathie Miller and Susan Catalano on “The Toughest Questions From A Corporate & Executive Search Recruiter’s Perspective.”
Melissa Lopata, the new marketing coordinator for Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), has announced her first event to help support local Sandy Hook businesseses. The event is set for Tuesday, April 8, at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road. It will feature the expertise of business coach Patty Lennon. While there is a private program scheduled for female business owners who are members of SHOP, the main public aspect of the gathering, from 7 to 8:30 pm, will be the motivational talk by Ms Lennon, who is a former Citicorp colleague of Ms Lopata’s. Ms Lennon will be speaking on “Creating Big Buzz on Small Budgets.”
“You don’t need to live with that pain in your neck!” is the message Michele Grand is sending out. "I have always, always, always wanted to be a massage therapist,” said Ms Grand. A graduate of George Washington University with a degree in business, she recently took advantage of an opening in her life that allowed her to return to school and pursue her dream. She graduated from the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in Newington in August 2013, and on February 1, Ms Grand opened Green Crystal Massage at 117C Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center, in the lower level of the building that houses Subway.
The Power Network is hosting a workshop to help local business professionals better engage in the art of networking. “Netiquette” featuring Harriet Trevino will be held on March 20, from 8 to 9:30 am, at the Collaborative Women’s Center, 500 Monroe Turnpike. The guest speaker for this workshop is Harriette Trevino of Bull’s Head Printers, who is regarded as an expert in speed networking. Ms Trevino’s presentation will include an in-depth discourse on the know-how of networking and tips to effective and enjoyable networking for business professionals.