For the first issue of the EDC Enews letter of 2013, I'd like to send a personal message out to our business community as we get back on our feet and continue to heal. We've had such an outpouring of comforting messages and gestures from so many, it feels great to say thank you to all for helping us along.
We had a successful day in Sandy Hook on Saturday, January 26th at the Cash Mob. So many neighbors and visitors from near and far came out to greet each other, shop, eat and set a festive mood for the day. It was wonderful to see the smiling faces of Sandy Hook as we consider new opportunities for the year ahead. We have many activities coming up this spring for the surrounding Newtown business community including FREE small business seminars coming in March. We encourage you to register and participate. Find out more information later in this newsletter.
Additionally, Betsy has been busy visiting with new businesses that have opened in Newtown and will introduce them to you as well. A "Shop Local Newtown" grass roots marketing campaign is on the horizon and we have some creative ideas in the works. More to come.
As always, Betsy and I are here to assist you and your business needs. You can contact Betsy at 203-270-4281 or BetsyPaynter@newtown.org and 203-270-4271 or me at Elizabeth.Stocker@newtown-ct.gov . Many business resources can also be found on the EDC website
. We look forward to hearing from you in 2013.
DIrector of Economic and Community Development
|STEAP Business Assistance Grant
The Newtown Economic Commission encourages Sandy Hook businesses that may have incurred economic losses between December 14th and January 8th, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to complete a financial grant application with the Town of Newtown. Newtown received a $500,000 state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant for a Business Assistance Program and will utilize the grant to provide financial assistance to businesses that qualify for the program.
Act fast as the deadline is February 15, 2013.
Grant applications can be downloaded from the Newtown EDC website, Applications are also available for pick up at the Economic & Community Development office in the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT.
Completed and signed applications, along with required documentation, must be submitted to the Economic & Community Development Office in the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT by February 15, 2013 for consideration.
|Newtown EDC Sponsors FREE Business Seminars For YOU!!
Save the Dates! Tuesdays, March 5th and March 26th at the CH Booth Library - Make your reservation for these FREE business development opportunities from the Newtown EDC.
How to do Business with the Federal Government, State Agencies and Local Municipalities:
When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Meeting room @ Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown, CT
The state and federal agencies have small business goals and programs to meet these goals. The individual programs will be explained, highlighting the eligibility requirements and benefits of each program. Frequently, small businesses find contracting and subcontracting opportunities through set-aside bids with the government and prime government contractors. Find out more.
To register, contact Lisa Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-240-4892.
Growing Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing:
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
Where: Meeting room @ Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown, CT
Today, more than ever before, business success is measured by the strength of the relationships each business builds. You'll learn how to build those relationships using easy and highly effective email and social media marketing. Find out more.
To register, contact Betsy Paynter at BetsyPaynter@newtown.org or 203-270-4281.
|Additional Business Seminars Offered in Danbury:
Small Business Series: How to Get Started and be Successful
SCORE and the City of Danbury Office of the Economic Development together offer a FREE Small Business Series at the Danbury Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury, CT. All business owners are invited to attend from local areas.
- Optimize the Use of Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Grow Your Business
- Saturday February 9th (10:30- noon)
- Effective Email - Errors to Avoid when Doing Business
- Saturday, February 23rd (10:30 - noon)
- Creating Your Own Videos and How YouTube can boost Visitors and Your Website
- Saturday, March 9th (10:30 - noon)
- Engagement Marketing & Getting Started with Email Marketing
- Saturday, April 6th (10:30 - noon)
New Business Openings
31 Pecks Lane, Newtown, Tier One Building, Hours: 5:30am - 4:30pm
This new eatery recently opened right after Thanksgiving by LeReine Frampton. She offers all homemade items and can be found by "following your nose" in the Tier One building. LeReine's Cuisine offers breakfast, lunch and dinners to go. Their specialties consist of soup of the day, custom omelets, daily hot meals such as meatloaf & mashed potatoes, salads, scones, muffins and a variety of desserts. Meals are affordable and delicious, check out the menu offerings at
123 South Main St, Newtown, Suite 115, 203-915-8234
Newtown MediSpa (NMS) specializes in injectable treatments, such as Botox and Dermal Filler, which reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These services are performed by a board certified Physician Assistant with over 16 years of experience in healthcare industry and supervised by a board certified Physician. NMS also offers customized facials, chemical peels, waxing and tinting services performed by an European-trained Aesthetician with over 25 years of experience. They will be adding massage services in the near future. Check out their website www.newtownmedispa.com
HealingNewtown Art Space:
5 Queen Street, Newtown, 203-364-9230
"Healing Newtown through the Power of the Arts"
Healing Newtown is a volunteer organization developed to support and coordinate arts-focused efforts made on behalf of Newtown & Sandy Hook for today, tomorrow and into the future. The organization is managed by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, supported by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA). Their goals are: 1. To help NCAC develop capacity to manage crisis and overwhelming response from the arts community with regards to the Sandy Hook tragedy 2. To develop a sustainable operation for long-term healing through arts-based efforts.
An Open House is planned for February 14th from 3pm - 6pm. Check out their website to find out more: www.healingnewtown.org.
150 South Main Street, Newtown, 203-491-2501
Newtown welcomes Cherries Cupcakes in early March. This sweet shop will offer gourmet cupcakes made from scratch on the location. A number of different varieties including hot fudge, chocolate covered cherry, cotton candy and chocolate banana to name a few. They will also have seasonal cut-out sugar crisp cookies, along with cupcake novelties and accessory items such as jewelry, hair bows and leggings. For birthday parties, you can order cupcake themed towers for your ballerina or pirate.
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Shop Local This Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is coming February 14th. Please consider shopping local for your Valentine. You can find all your gift giving needs such as chocolates, cards, meal preparation items, gifts, pampering gift certificates, flowers and all your Valentine's desires at the many shops and restaurants located in Newtown. Thank you for shopping local Newtown.
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Newtown has a strong cultural community which enriches residents' lives and increases Newtown's desirability in the economic environment. The "Cultural Scene" in Newtown ranges from music, theater and art.
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