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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!
Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of each month
from noon-1 p.m.
 
 
 
Klemm Real Estate now occupies the former space of Fahey Associates Realtors in Litchfield. BZ photo
 
Klemm Real Estate acquires Fahey Associates
 
Klemm Real Estate Inc. of Washington Depot has expanded its presence in Litchfield County by acquiring Fahey Associates, Realtors in Litchfield, the firms have announced. The acquisition of Fahey’s office building at 21 West St. gives Klemm Real Estate enhanced exposure as this is the premier location in Litchfield.
 
“We are so thrilled to merge another legendary family firm into our fold,” said Graham Klemm, president and co-owner of the firm. Klemm has previously acquired Tierney Realty and Pepper Scholl, among others, in year’s past.
 
Fahey Associates, Realtors has been in operation for over 60 years in Litchfield. Current owner John B. Fahey, Jr. has been running the firm successfully for over 40 years.
 
Klemm Real Estate has offices located in Washington Depot, Woodbury, Litchfield, Roxbury, Lakeville/Salisbury and Sharon. It is staffed by 40 associates serving Litchfield County.
 
 
DPZ North has new home and more services
 
DPZ North Hair Studio, a longtime Litchfield business, has settled into its new location at 469 Bantam Road, the former location of the Silly Sprout. The studio was previously located in Litchfield Commons. DPZ has expanded its services to include all facets of hair (cutting, coloring, highlighting, balayage, smoothing systems and bridal) and makeup as well as full body waxing, skin care, facials, lash lift and tinting, nail services and pedicures. Additional services will be added. Gifts are also available. Debbie Barrigas is the salon manager. Below, a look at the salon. Contributed photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
LABA meetings being held at Wisdom House
 
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is hosting the regular meetings of the Litchfield Area Business Association.
 
The LABA meetings were previously held in the Litchfield firehouse. Several caterers, including the highly-regarded Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center's kitchen headed by award-winning head Chef Margaret Jacobs, continue to generously provide the monthly LABA luncheons.
 
"Wisdom House," explains executive director Deborah Kelly, "is an interfaith retreat and conference center located at 229 East Litchfield Road in East Litchfield. In 2019, we are celebrating 70 years of presenting programs in spirituality, education and the arts. Additionally, Wisdom House continues to offer hospitality for organizations from across the United States and around the world whose mission is consistent with that of Wisdom House.
 
"The mission of Wisdom House is rooted in the Judeo-Christian Wisdom tradition which supports the center's commitment to sustainability and concern for contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom."
 
The LABA networking and leads organization meet the third Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon for one hour. The annual membership fee of $100 includes cooperative advertising, social and networking events, and lunch. To learn more, visit www.litchfieldareabusinessassociation.com
 
Through August 17, 2019, Wisdom House is hosting "The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through The Years: A Celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom In Litchfield For 70 Years" photo exhibition that is open to the public and features an app named "Live Portrait". Through the app, visitors can hold their smartphones up to large photos of current Daughters of Wisdom to listen to one-to two-minute recordings of the nuns talking about their lives.
 
To learn more about upcoming programs, workshops, and retreats offered by Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, visit www.wisdomhouse.org
                                                                                                                                                
 
Litchfield Hills Fitness to hold open house
 
 
Peter Bergamo, left, the new owner of Litchfield Hills Fitness, with Tom Weik of Morris and his daughter, Lexi, following a recent spin class at the Litchfield facility. An open house will be held at the gym on June 8 from 10 to 4 p.m. There will be live music, free T-shirts and food. The event is open to te public. Bergamo and his wife bought the business from fitness guru Alan Landau in March. Jo Ann Jaacks photo
 
 
Litchfield Bancorp recognized for community service
 
 
Representing Litchfield Bancorp at the awards presentation in Springfield, Mass., were, from left, Paul McLaughlin, Laura Murphy, Donald Mayland, Mickie-Ann Budny, Tiffany Hussey, Thomas Villanova and Tania Damota. Contributed photo
 
Litchfield Bancorp is one of 18 community banks and credit unions throughout New England to be named a Community Hero by American Business Media, publisher of Banking New England and Centerpoint magazines. Litchfield Bancorp was chosen for going above and beyond to help the community.
 
In the category of economic development, Litchfield Bancorp was selected and was awarded gold standing for their Community Cash Mobs. The Cash Mobs are held monthly to help increase different business’ brand awareness and create potential repeat business by supplying employees with a stipend to spend at selected local businesses. Litchfield Bancorp employees “mob” the business of the month with sales and promote the activity on social media to bank customers and followers alike.
 
On March 28 at the Armory at MGM in Springfield, Mass., an award was presented to several Litchfield Bancorp employees, including Donald Mayland, chairman of the bank’s board of directors, Thomas Villanova, president and CEO, and Paul McLaughlin, executive vice president and COO.
 
“We are so thankful and proud to have received this tremendous award,” McLaughlin said. “One of our fundamental missions here at Litchfield Bancorp is to give back to the businesses and communities we serve. Hopefully this award represents that, while also pointing out all of the LBC heroes we are so grateful to work with each and every day.”
 
 
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Call Sally Irwin
Litchfield Hills Chore Service
860-567-6121
 
 
 
BZ Stats – 2018

Month

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Jan 2018

7,747

19,595

123,740

449,815

Feb 2018

7,955

19,540

92,456

429,119

Mar 2018

7,621

21,064

107,285

512,752

Apr 2018

6,394

17,033

69,555

367,856

May 2018

7,655

19,223

84,758

469,033

Jun 2018

7,867

20,201

86,010

573,782

Jul 2018

7,612

18,925

75,692

434,419

Aug 2018

7,189

17,651

87,227

429,724

Sep 2018

8,452

18,937

120,592

472,316

Oct 2018

12,440

27,848

105,921

478,438

Nov 2018

11,795

25,511

108,019

503,498

Dec 2018

7,800

20,554

96,170

434,910

Total

100,527

246,082

1,157,425

5,555,662

 
 
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860-482-6586
 
 
Women's Enterprise Initiative
What You Need to Know About Hiring Employees 
At some point in your business or nonprofit's growth you will probably need to hire employees. Finding the right person is always the biggest challenge, but once that's done, the complexity begins. Read our latest BLOG post to see what's required.
 
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.
 
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!