Screen shot 2017 03 01 at 11.03.38 AMHARTFORD: In July the State of Connecticut cinched a deal with Airbnb, the home sharing company, to collect taxes from its “host” facilities.

According to the company, Connecticut’s 2,400 active hosts earned more than $11 million dollars in 2016 by hosting approximately 64,000 visitors.

The company said the typical host in Connecticut earned $5,500 last year, and the typical listing is occupied 32 nights per year with the average length of stay is 3.4 nights.

Josh Meltzer, Head of Northeast Public Policy’s statement demonstrated the bucking the everyday the company is known for. We will just have to see, if “nutmeggers” or Connecticut citizns are as equally willing to accept their self description as Connecticuters  as they are the home sharing service.

In 2006  James Schembari a “something” from Connecticut wrote in the New York Times that he didn’t want to be called a "Connecticuter," or a Nutmegger for that matter.

Meltzer explained the company’s efforts in the home of the Connecticuters , “we are proud to see that more and more Connecticuters have discovered home sharing as an opportunity to share their community with visitors from around the world, and earn a little bit of extra money along the way. From New Haven to Putnam, Airbnb hosts are ambassadors to the Constitution State and we are grateful they have embraced home sharing as a way to welcome thousands of visitors.” airbnb

hawthorne watchVERNON: Two college buddy’s from UCONN have decided to mix the retro and the far forward in starting their new business. The Hawthorne Watch Company. Brian Dunnigan and Jeremy Cosgrove. With the help and inspiration of the UCONN Design Center the pair have launched a quality watch line and have already raised more than $80,000 towards the funding the venture. Dunnigan told UCONN’s Daily Campus that his grandfather worked as a watchmaker in New Haven, and he shared his passion with his grandson in his basement workshop. Check out the DC for a more complete story, or their Kickstarter page,

woodbridgeNEW HAVEN:  Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is announced it’s client company, Rad Source Technologies, Inc. to Weihai Weigao Equity Investment Management Company Limited.

Rad Source Logo Lt Blue Stripes Vector 12Rad Source Technologies is a Suwanee, Georgia-based designer and manufacturer of X-ray irradiation systems used in a broad range of applications such as blood irradiation,