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The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA)
is a network of area business owners and managers
whose purpose is to support and shape
the future of the business community.
New members are always welcome!
 
Next LABA Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
 
 
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NW CT Entrepreneurial Center to host
Bookkeeping and QuickBooks Seminar at NCCC
Saturday, June 10 ~ 9:00-11:00 a.m.
@ Northwestern CT Community College
Founders Hall, Room 107, Park Place East, Winsted
The Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut will host a Bookkeeping and QuickBooks seminar at Northwestern CT Community College, Founders Hall, Room 107, Park Place East, Winsted on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 to 11 a.m. The seminar will be free although registration is required.
 
Whether you are an existing business or thinking about starting a business, this seminar will demonstrate the importance of developing a business plan and the ins and outs of choosing an LLC or sole proprietary structure. The seminar will cover pointers on how to select 1099 contractors and how to identify ways to streamline bookkeeping activities through practical examples, as well as how small and mid-sized companies can use QuickBooks to incorporate and apply accounting principles to this popular bookkeeping software. Instruction will also cover the impact all of these decisions will have during tax preparation.
 
The instructor for this seminar is Byron Francis who holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and has taught a wide range of classes in public and private institutions.
 
The Bookkeeping and QuickBooks seminar is sponsored by the Winchester Economic Development Commission, Winsted Friends of Main Street, and the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest CT, which connects established business owners with new entrepreneurs in an effort to provide business development support, education, and training. The Bookkeeping and QuickBooks seminar is the first in the Entrepreneurial Center’s Summer Business Series, which will host a different class each month through August. Contact Jane Williams, Entrepreneurial Center of NW CT at 860-738-6444 or jwilliams@nwcc.edu to register for this seminar.
 
 
Women's Enterprise Initiative Newsletter
"I Don't Know What To Do With My Life"
Have you ever felt like this when you came to a crossroad in life? Do you think you have it in you to become an entrepreneur? We've just published a blog on this subject, which you can see HERE. Want to pursue it? Contact us! We're here to help.
 
 
Our website, www.wei-nwct.net, offers a lot of information for small businesses and for non profits. We also spotlight some of our clients who are running and growing their own small businesses or non profits.
 
Our latest Spotlight is on Wendy Summer, founder and owner of Zaanha and the Zaanha Fund, Click HERE to see it. We think you will be inspired by what she has accomplished, and by her passion to educate Afghan children.
 
 
We have also added a Client News section to our website where we showcase what people are saying about our clients' successes. Click HERE to learn about Diane Carol and Susan Smith, who own Check It Off, and also find out what the 5 Points Gallery in Torrington is up to.
 
The Women's Enterprise Initiative of Northwestern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization which provides consulting on all aspects of business ownership and nonprofit management, free of charge, to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Northwestern Connecticut. We work with both women and men. Please visit us to learn more. Click HERE to get to our website. Referrals are always welcome!
 
 
Litchfield Area Business Association talks shop
Litchfield.bz (04-19-17)

JoAnn Ryan, above, president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, was a guest speaker during the Litchfield Area Business Association luncheon at the Litchfield firehouse on Tuesday. Ryan spoke about initiatives the Chamber of Commerce is undertaking this spring and summer to help local businesses promote themselves. 

Below, Jonathan Wilson of R. Derwin Clothiers talks about the new merchants promotional guide that is available and Alan Landau of the Litchfield Athletic Club and Denise Raap of the Village Restaurant, which catered the luncheon, commiserate. Landau announced that LAC will be holding a 20th anniversary celebration this summer. LAC is regarded as the premier fitness club in Litchfield County. BZ photos

 
LEF officials, task force's Post speak to LABA
Litchfield.bz (03-21-17) 
Litchfield Education representatives, from left, Kathleen Reidy, Andrea Markavich, Michele Saunders and Matt Terzian were at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting at St. Michael's Church on Tuesday to promote the LEF's retro dodge ball tournament at Litchfield High School on April 1.

The tournament will feature 17 six-person teams clad in retro uniforms and playing to raise money for the LEF. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by an after-party at the Litchfield Saltwater Grill. Proceeds will help the LEF provide enrichment programs in the town's schools. Admission to the tournament is free but donations to LEF would be appreciated,

To learn more about the Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) visit lefforstudents.org.

John Post, above, chairman of the Litchfield Energy Task Force, also spoke at the LABA gathering. Post talked about the energy-saving initiatives of the task force and opportunities for energy savings offered by Eversource Energy. Post encouraged LABA members to sign up for a $124 home energy audit offered by Eversource to identify areas of energy loss, as well as for a duct test to check for leaks. Post also encouraged the use of LED lightbulbs to save energy and a small-business energy advantage audit offered by Eversource.

More information about the Litchfield Energy Task Force is available at www.litchfieldctenergytaskforce.org.

 
Little Free Libraries
Jo Ann Jaacks and Rose Buckens were the featured speakers at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting on Tuesday at the Litchfield Firehouse. They talked about the Little Free Library program and how quickly it has expanded in Litchfield and Morris.
 
Rose Buckens (left) and Jo Ann Jaacks ~ BZ photo
 
The Little Free Library program is a world-wide program with over 50,000 little free libraries. Rose Buckens described how she created a Little Free Library box on her front yard in Morris until someone took it. The response from the community was overwhelming with donations of hundreds of children’s books within days. A new box was created and she was back in business.
 
The basic concept is to take a book and leave a book. Books are donated and there is no check-in or check-out system. It is all based on the honor system. The main goals are to support literacy and build a sense of community.
 
Harvey Hubbell of Litchfield and Boy Scout Troop #28 of Morris joined forces with Rose and Jo Ann to build 16 new Little Free Library boxes on July 2nd at the Hubbell Farm. Local builders donated wood and the scouts with their leaders built and painted the boxes. They were distributed to multiple locations including the Morris Town Beach and St. Michael’s in Litchfield.
 
A new Little Free Library will soon be available at American Legion Post #27 in Litchfield. To learn more please visit LittleFreeLibrary.org or contact Jo Ann.
 
The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) is a local network of businesses and non-profit organizations meeting the third Tuesday of each month to network and promote the local business community. More information is available at www.laba-ct.bz.
 
 
Women's Enterprise Initiative
We have been very active working with business start-ups, entrepreneurs, non-profits and older businesses, helping them define their strategies, get funding, improve their marketing and finances, and offering our counsel. We do not charge for our services. Those wishing assistance need to complete a short application HERE to see if they qualify.
 
We also have a BLOG on our website which discusses many topics of interest to businesses, including hints on business planning, how to be a successful entrepreneur, how to manage a non-profit, marketing strategies, social media and many more topics. You can see our blog HERE.
 
We encourage you to tell your friends and colleagues about us. We offer our services free of charge to individuals, businesses and non-profits located in northwestern Connecticut. For questions, please contact us HERE.
 
Best regards, Anthea Disney, Deborah Seidel, Maggie Selby, Carole St. Mark