October 2012  |  Issue 6 
Newtown News


Betsy Paynter
John Voket/Newtown Bee


This issue of the EDC newsletter provides tools and opportunities for business success and development. Many of the opportunities begin right here in Newtown or on our website www.newtown.org. Learn about Newtown's Fast Track Permitting process to help developers and homeowners expedite their development projects. Be sure to read the EDC's article in the New England Real Estate Journal and how we are "Putting Newtown on the map" for development. If you are interested in buying a franchise, we have information to get you started along with social media development for your company in today's world of marketing communication. Also, find out how you can promote your business by networking with other Newtown businesses, save your business money, receive agricultural grants, win government contracts and more!
I'm here to help with Newtown business retention and expansion. If there's anything you need to develop your business in Newtown, or have any questions about business grants, tax benefits for small businesses and business happenings, please contact me at 203-270-4281 or via email [email protected].

Both the Department of Economic & Community Development and the Economic Development Commission are here to help you grow and prosper in Newtown.
Betsy Paynter
Economic Development Coordinator
EDCNewsNewtown Economic Development Commission in the News 

Newtown: Open for Business

Newtown officials announce their "open doors" for interested developers and homeowners to help move projects along within the Town of Newtown. The internal teams of Land Use, Zoning, Building, Economic Development and the First Selectman are here to help development, in a timely fashion and meet the town's requirements.


Read the full article.


Liz Stocker Read the latest article from Newtown Economic Commission in the New England Real Estate Journal about Newtown's innovative and supportive permit process and development opportunities within in Newtown.

Newtown Business Support 
Promote your Newtown Business TODAY! 
The Newtown Economic Development Commission is here to help you and your business grow. We offer the opportunity to list your business and website link on our website www.newtown.org.

Please contact Betsy Paynter by email at [email protected] or call 203-270-4281 to have your Newtown business posted on our website.  
Newtown businesses - Do you like saving money? 
Check out the Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program! It is designed to provide cost-effective, turnkey energy-saving services for small commercial and industrial customers who do not have the time, financial resources, or in-house expertise necessary to analyze and reduce their energy usage.
How to Make a Social Media Plan for Your Business

Are you ready too start promoting your buisess via Social media, but not sure where to start? Online buzz about social media for business owners seems to be moving from "Should I" to How do I?"


Learn more about Social Media options and how it can grow your business.

So, you're thinking about buying a Franchise...

Do you want to learn more about the franchise business model? Do you know if it's a good fit for you? Maybe you've explored potential franchises and think you've found a match. Do you know how you're going to finance your venture? How much financing should you seek? Learn about buying a franchise and what is involved.



Are you looking to WIN those government contracts?
Check out this seminar and learn more!

Small Business Administration
Friday October 19, 2012: Registering Your Company for Eligibility to win Government Contract Awards and Marketing to Government Agencies - 

The Government is phasing out CCR and other online databases and replacing them with System Award Management (SAM).  This seminar at (9:30 - 12:00pm @ Gateway Community College) will advise you about SAM and instruct you on the SAM process.  Seminar will then focus on ways in which you can promote your company to government agencies and prime government contractors.


Pre-registration is suggested but not mandatory. To register, contact Lisa Powell at 860-240-4892 or email at [email protected].
Attention Newtown Agricultural Growers - $14 million grant funds available
USDA Timing is tight - October 15th is the application deadline

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program for Fiscal Year 2012. Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities.

FREE Business Support 
The Newtown SCORE chapter, located in the Newtown Municipal Building, is off to a great start! Since opening in mid July, the office has assisted approximately 12 entrepreneurs in the greater Newtown area. The EDC would like to remind all Newtown entrepreneurs SCORE is available for your use, guidance and counseling for FREE
An appointment in the Newtown Municipal building can be set up by calling the SCORE call center at 203-794-1404.
Newtown Chamber of Commerce
 Chamber Chamber of Commerce

Destination Newtown

Sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank


November 7, 2012

2:30 - 4:00- VIP Reception / 4:00 - 7:00 Business Expo


All Newtown businesses are invited to exhibit at the area's largest business showcase. Non-members are encouraged to exhibit! 


Register today >>


Monthly Social Events


All Newtown businesses are invited both members & non-members:


Thursday, October 25th from 5pm - 7pm

Fusion 25 on Rt. 25 - come and network, first drink is on the house.


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RealEstateNewtown Real Estate Happenings
Highlighted Property
117 Mt. Pleasant Road
117 Mount Pleasant Road, Newtown, CT


Office or Retail 1,400 sq. ft.

Great retail or office space, conveniently located off exit 9 of I-84. Suitable for food, medical, office or retail.  Space has handicap access/bathroom and outdoor seating/break area. 

For more information on this property and others in Newtown & Sandy Hook, be sure to view the Property Search link 
Newtown EDC



Economic Development Commission in the News


 Promote Your Business Today


Newtown Businesses - Do you like saving money?


How to Make a Social Media Plan for Your Business? 


 So You're Thinking of Buying a Franchise 


Are You Looking to WIN Those Government Contracts?


Attention Newtown Argricultural Growers 




Newtown Chamber of Commerce


Newtown's Real Estate Happenings 


Upcoming Events 


Featured Property 


Property Search   



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Sandy Hook Experience


Explore food, shopping, and attractions in Sandy Hook Village. Pick up a passport at any local merchant; visit all the merchants to have your passport stamped to get in on the fun! A stamp-filled passport enters you to win fabulous prizes. Don't miss the LIVE Music of our own John Voket, followed by The Bobby Donaldson Band, the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard, a bouncy house, prizes and samples, this event is fun for the WHOLE family! 


Find out more about S.H.O.P.  


 October 6, 2012

11 - 5
FREE Event for All! 


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