Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), the downtown revitalization and economic development nonprofit, has awarded the Town of Newtown a $10,000 Preservation of Place Grant for the creation of a Sandy Hook Village Signage and Wayfinding Design Plan. Newtown was one of eight organizations and municipalities to be award a 2015 Preservation of Place Grant. As part of the Sandy Hook Village economic recovery and branding efforts completed by Arnett Muldrow & Associates in 2013, it was recommended that a signage and wayfinding study be completed. This effort will help determine signage needed to direct the public to Sandy Hook Village and notify travelers of parking, restaurant, arts, etc. In other business news, the Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking of about entering the world of entrepreneurship. The four programs will be presented at C.H. Booth Library beginning February 3.
Newtown career coach and broadcaster Mariette Kammerer, who was recently profile in The Newtown Bee, is hosting a workshop titled, “Unleashing Your Innovative Thinking Potential.” The first of six sessions is set for Thursday, January 29, from 6:45 to 8:15 pm, at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Tuition for the series is $175, which must be prepaid by credit card. Ms Kammerer told The Bee that her program is about “inner tool building — a playground for real solution findings.”
While “big box” computer stores and their behind-the-scenes repair facilities may be convenient, most of the clients of Joseph Masso’s Liberty Computing Services keep coming back for the trusty, quality work the young technician provides. The first thing clients will see when they step into Liberty Computer Services are a wall full of Mr Masso’s credentials. His education includes many certificates benchmarking his ongoing training through A+, Network+, I-Net+, and Security+. Along with these continuing education certifications, he is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, and performs limited service on Apple computers as well.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature Jennifer Zulli, speaking about “Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Benefits of Meditation.”
In addition to an overview of the various types of meditation techniques, the speaker will discuss simple ways of fitting the practice into busy lives. The presentation will conclude with a small group meditation.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, the 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 on Wednesday, January 14, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Tom French, of Tom French Sales Coaching. Mr French’s presentation, titled “Big Blunders of Sales Conversations,” will include an informative discussion on the classic blunders that cause initial sales conversations to fizzle.
Consumers and retailers are ready to move on to the next phase of the end-of-the-year sales marathon: gift returns, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau says the process can be a lot less time-consuming and costly for those who do some preparation.
Tired of 20-plus years in the corporate world, working as director of financial planning and analysis, Bob Vigilante turned to a new venture this past fall. In September, the Yorktown Heights, N.Y., resident and his wife, Cary, took ownership of Taunton Wine & Liquor, at 147 Mt Pleasant Road. “It was just time to do something else. We have friends in this business in New York, and I’ve always liked wines, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ Taunton Wine & Liquor has been an established business for 23 years. Longtime customers still find many familiar faces among the employees, he said. “The only new faces, really, are my family." The Vigilantes and staff stress friendly, impeccable service, he said.
Newtown resident Mariette Kammerer combines image consulting with professional and personal coaching, as well as promotion for her popular weekly radio broadcast under the umbrella of her KES Educational Services, Inc. In a recent chat with The Newtown Bee, she said her primary goal as a consultant is to help clients discover their own oft-hidden talents and misspent energies, rechanneling them into new blooming careers or endeavors. Ms Kammerer realized years ago that her own unique gift is the ability to quickly assess individuals she meets, then coaching them to tap their greatest possible potential and putting it to work so they can achieve a new or greater level of success than they ever imagined.
Divine Dogs, “A heavenly spa where all dogs go,” according to its tag line, opened its doors at a new location December 2. Formerly at 123 South Main Street, owner Cori McNerney and staff are now offering full-service grooming for all dog breeds at 78 South Main Street, near the intersection with Elm Drive. Still under construction, but open for business, Ms McNerney said that the new larger space will allow her to accommodate more clients, as well as to expand her retail items. “We had simply outgrown our old space,” said Ms McNerney of the decision to relocate the business.
Local professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum Wednesday, December 10, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant. A wide variety of raffles will be offered, light supper and homemade holiday desserts will be served, and a cash bar is available.