The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, November 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building on Church Hill Road. Professionals and entrepreneurs are invited for networking, followed by a speaker presentation at 6 pm by Stacey Cohen, founder of Co-Communications, Inc, on “Keys To Build A Winning Personal Brand.”
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 at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro, on Wednesday, November 12, at 8 am. George Herring, vice president of Savings Bank of Danbury, will discuss how local businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, and residents of Newtown can better their budgeting and savings, while maintaining good credit.
Work From Home Newtown-CT will host its next lunch gathering on Thursday, November 6. 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 at Sweet Mango.
“It’s a great community and we see a lot of traffic here,” said Jeff Guarino, store manager at Sherwin Williams, located at 255 South Main Street. The paint and wall cover store opened its doors to the public Monday, October 21, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30. “We are close to the metro New York area and this location has easy access for contractors,” Mr Guarino said of the corporation’s choice of locations. He stressed that while much of Sherwin Williams’ business is contractors, homeowners are equally welcome, with personal service a hallmark of the store.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature Dr John Woodall and his program “You’re Stronger Than You Might Think” on Wednesday, November 12, at The Villa Restaurant. Dr Woodall plans to discuss how to strengthen skills individuals already have by learning from the very best scientific research and the secret skills used by the most resilient people.
The Pottery Factory, at 265 Federal Road, Brookfield, is 2,300 square feet of fun for all ages. Owned and operated by Bettie Ann and Dan Feeley of Brookfield, the store opened this past August and has been drawing a steady crowd since. “It sells itself,” said Ms Feeley. Starting their own business was something the couple wanted to do as they looked to the future, Ms Feeley said. Inspired by a family visit to Busch Gardens in Florida the summer of 2013, when they enjoyed a paint-your-own pottery event there, the Feeleys decided this might be the business they were seeking.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Beautifying Your Space With Today’s Floral Trends,” with guest Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist. Scientific research has proven that flowers can improve one’s mood. Ms Grabarz will demonstrate quick and easy ways to group plants in areas of the home and office for interest and texture, as well as how to design flowers with current trends.
The love of a good consignment piece is generational for Sandy Hook resident Leslie Troy, owner of Pemberley Designer Consignments in Monroe. “My mom raised me on consignments, taking us up and down the Gold Coast from Norwalk, where I grew up,” she said. “It was a way to look great and still have some money left. It’s the same now with my daughter. It’s an adventure going to consignment places with her,” said Ms Troy. Pemberley Designer Consignments held its grand opening Saturday, September 27, at the 605 Main Street, Monroe, boutique.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be Wednesday, October 8, from 8 to 9 am, at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro. Guest speaker Amy Fallas-Kerr, co-president of Newtown Historical Society, will speak on "Why History Matters: Building Legacy and Community in Newtown.”
First Selectman Pat Llodra, Director of Planning George Benson, Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter, and Grant Coordinator Christal Preszler have renewed the community’s “Newtown is Open for Business” initiative. This new team of economic development leadership is committed to supporting responsible, environmentally sound development, creating a strong local economy and increasing the tax base to offset the residential tax burden for residents. According to Ms Paynter, Newtown is committed to providing a reliable and friendly development process, including a Fast Track Permitting Process for appropriate large-scale commercial and industrial developments.