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2017Q1 Small Business Sales By SectorHartford: A record number of businesses were bought and sold across the nation in the early months of 2017, according to BizBuySell’s 2017 Q1 Insight Report.

Here are a few sample highlights for small business transactions in the Hartford-area in Q1 of 2017, which is based on 143 Hartford-area businesses.

Median asking price of businesses for sale in Hartford at the beginning of 2017 was $199,000  compared to  $ 195,000  at the end of 2016.

Businesses listed in Hartford at the beginning of 2017 had a median revenue of $500,000 up from $469,250 at this same time last year  Q4 2016.

Median cash flow for the Hartford businesses is $84,000 .

Summary detail for Connecticut and the national can be found on the chart below and comprehensive  information can be found at their reliease at

2017Q1 Small Business Sales By SectorHartford: A record number of businesses were bought and sold across the nation in the early months of 2017, according to BizBuySell’s 2017 Q1 Insight Report. BizBuySell says it is "BizBuySell is the Internet's largest and most heavily trafficked business for sale marketplace.. BizBuySell currently has an inventory of over 45,000 businesses for sale and more than 1.4 million monthly visits. BizBuySell also has one of the largest databases of sale comparables for recently sold businesses and one of the industry's leading franchise directories."

Median asking price of businesses for sale in Hartford at the beginning of 2017 was $199,000  compared to  $ 195,000  at the end of 2016.

Businesses listed in Hartford at the beginning of 2017 had a median revenue of $500,000 up from $469,250 at this same time last year  Q4 2016.

Median cash flow for the Hartford businesses is $84,000 .

Summary detail for Connecticut and the national can be found on the chart below and comprehensive  information can be found at their reliease at

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Mashantucket, Uncasville: Connecticut’s casinos have reported mixed results for April.

Foxwoods reported slot revenue of $39.4 million for the month, down 3% compared to $40.7 million in April of 2016, the state received $10.5 million.

In an effort  to maintain its franchise with Massachusetts gamblers the casino promoted Wicked Good Times celebration for the month, including bonus play on slots and table games and luxurious overnight getaways.

Foxwoods opened the Sugar Factory American Brasserie, with the help supermodel Nina Agdal and rapper/ actor Nick Cannon, who manned the turntables as the evening's DJ at an opening celebration.

The sun was shining a little brighter on the Mohegan Sun Casino in April, it reported a 3% percent increase in revenue from its slot machines in April. With monthly revenue, of $50,986,908.

angelicoMadison: Colliers International | Project Management Northeast (PMNE) announces the addition of Maria Angelico as Marketing & Business Development Manager.

In this role, Angelico is responsible for outbound marketing efforts to grow the Colliers PMNE brand. She will also be involved with business development activities to create new client and project opportunities, in support of the company’s services and sectors throughout New England.

Angelico is an emerging professional who brings a unique background in strategic development from tech start-ups to architectural firms. She joins the Colliers PMNE team with over six years of experience in architecture, marketing, and business development. “As a leader in its industry, Colliers continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of our clients – building relationships and awareness in our markets is essential as we continue to grow,” Angelico stated.

hokeJoe Hoke is principal of lawson&hoke. Hoke previoulsy co-founded Mintz and Hoke in 1972 and sold it 26 years later to its employees. Today Hoke is still finding new ways to communicate. His current tagline:

I help my clients get into peoples' heads.
(And beat the pants off their competition.)

In an era when many marketers, spend a lot of time talking about media, we thought it might be good to look a little deeper into motivation.


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The first night I worked the midnight-to-eight shift I realized two things.

First, I was working with one other guy. And second, the two of us were locked in with 49 mental patients.

The second night I realized that my first night was my training, my only training, and the other guy hadn’t told me anything. I also learned that I would work alone every other night. That’s right, just me and 49 mental patients. Why every other night? Don’t ask me, I just worked there.

CTC Logo 260pxHartford: Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with the Connecticut Office of Tourism, presented the 2017 Connecticut Governor's Tourism Awards. honoring five individuals and organizations at the annual Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism for their “outstanding contributions and dedication to Connecticut's $14.7-billion tourism industry sector” on May 4th.

More than 400 attendees from tourism-related businesses, associations and municipalities across the state joined the Governor in congratulating the winners.

Connecticut’s official tourism website,, also had a good year, relaunched in April 2016, the website attracted 4.2 million visits last year, a 64 percent increase over 2015, and generated 2.2 million referrals for industry partners listed on the site

"The tourism sector is one of the major drivers of Connecticut's economy," Governor Malloy said. "The industry creates jobs, generates tax revenues and contributes to our high quality of life in Connecticut. It's an honor to recognize some of the key people involved in making tourism such a vital contributor to our state's economy."

college salesWest Haven: The University of New Haven College of Business has been named one of the “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” in the country by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

The foundation recognizes universities in its annual magazine for preparing students for successful careers in professional selling.  

Sales training is a key component of preparation for many jobs within finance, business, marketing and other specialties,” said Brian Kench, dean of the University of New Haven College of Business.  “We are pleased that the valuable program we have in place has been recognized for its excellence.”

Screen Shot 2017 05 12 at 11.01.51 AMMilford: RoadWerx, a full-service independent marketing, and promotions agency, has signed a long-term lease for an additional 29,000 square feet of space on Research Drive in Milford.

With headquarters at 60 Research Drive, Roadwerx offers a comprehensive suite of strategic planning and management, imaginative design, custom fabrication, and production services. “We create experiences designed to connect people to a brand and leave a lasting impression. Our dedication and drive provide an unparalleled client service with flawless execution, down to the last detail. From corporate sponsor activations to product launches, fundraisers to social events.”

logo ccapMiddletown: The CT Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) has been named the top cycling club in the United States for 2016 in Division I by USA Cycling, a leading US bicycling organization promoting competitive cycling.

CT Cycling Advancement Program took the Division I title for 2016 based on their development of a youth cycling program with three distinctive tiers and focus on community impact. According to CCAP, “these tiers provide a pathway for beginner riders as well as elite riders on the national circuit.:

handshake 2009195 1280Hartford: “Our goal is to avoid litigation, save time and money by working together to reach a fair result to both parties,” explains Attorney Nicholas Paindiris, Managing Partner of Brown Paindiris & Scott. “We have seen the collaborative concept work successfully in the area of family law and recognize a need to apply this process to business and other civil disputes.”

Citing “collaborative dispute resolution” in areas such as divorce, a group of fifteen Connecticut attorneys have come together to offer that same process to the business community. The newly formed group, called Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution (CBDR), provides an alternative to litigation. The group says it is the first such collaboration in the state.

The “collaborative” method is not mediation. In Mediation, one neutral professional works with the parties to resolve disputes. The mediator assists, the parties in reaching a conclusion and the mediator cannot give legal advice or advocate for either party 

Allison PuzyckiNew Haven: Allison Puzycki, marketing manager for Svigals+Partners a New Haven based architecture firm has been promoted to Director of Marketing. Puzycki’s elevation to Director follows a spate of recent successful project commissions and completions by thef irm  including Sandy Hook School. According to Svigals’, announcement, “during her tenure, the firm’s principals presented at top-level industry conferences in keynote roles, and the firm was included in Fast Company magazine’s list of the “Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, 2015.”

Puzycki is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications.

“Allison made herself invaluable to us from the moment she joined the firm,” says Jay Brotman, AIA, managing partner.

Randy Fiveash headshot600bHartford: Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, has been chairman of the board of directors of Discover New England, a nonprofit cooperative destination marketing organization that promotes New England tourism internationally,

The group includes tourism directors from all six New England states, his appointment is for the next two calendar years (2017-2018).

 The group’s mission is to “increase international awareness of New England as a memorable, high-quality, four-season destination and to assist New England hospitality businesses reach a global audience.”

“New England is one of the world’s premier destinations and attracts millions of international visitors every year,” said Fiveash. “

According to Discover New England data:

-        The number of overseas visitors to New England has increased by 25 percent since 2012, reaching 2.2 million in 2015.

-        Overseas visitors spent $2.1 billion in total direct spending in New England in 2015.

-        The top five overseas visitor markets for New England in 2015 were: United Kingdom, China, Germany, France and India.

Screen Shot 2017 05 12 at 1.28.36 PMWallingford: While Edible Arrangements’ lawyers were wrapping up a settlement in a trademark lawsuit they filed against a small food consulting firm Edible Commerce Consulting of Dover, New Hampshire, a South Carolina candy company was filing suit on the fruit retailing and ecommerce enterprise.

Vaughn Russell Candy Kitchen, of Greenville, filed suit in US District Court also in Greenville, over the trademark claim for the term “Incredible Edibles” by Edible Arrangements. The candy company says they have been using the term for more than thirty years for chocolate-covered cookie bites and that they have a registration with the trademark office for the term “Incredible Edibles,” [1,036,335].

Screen Shot 2017 05 12 at 1.50.17 PMRocky Hill: Connecticut Innovations (CI) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) today announced the success of its digital media and design pilot program led by ATION Digital Media Agency. ATION is a student-run agency that provides digital media, marketing and communications services to clients, including those in CI’s portfolio.

ATION has worked with 11 CI portfolio companies, including Device42, eBrevia, Isoplexis, Diameter Health and SeeClickFix. Projects have included animated motion graphics, live filming and producing of promotional and tutorial videos, user experience research, social media analysis and planning, and brand identity and development. Each project was managed by a team of five to six students and supervised by faculty in UConn’s Digital Media and Design Department.

Putterman Photo 11 26 14 3HARTFORD: The Connecticut News Project, publisher of The Connecticut Mirror and its sister websites TrendCT and CT Viewpoints, has named West Hartford resident and communications professional  Bruce Putterman as its new chief executive officer and publisher. The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit online news publication covering state and federal government, public policy, and politics.

Ulysses B. Hammond CNP’s board president said. “To be accountable to our mission and audience, this means CNP needs to be agile and cutting edge. Our board was very impressed by Bruce’s leadership skills, record of innovation, business experience, collaborative style, and knowledge of Connecticut. His combination of skills is just what we need to advance our mission.”

Putterman succeeds  Dave Daley a former editor for the online news site Salon, who had a short stint first taking the helm in July 2016, Daley moved on to be  a senior fellow with FairVote, a Washington, D.C.-based voting rights organization.

For sixteen years Putterman has run a West Hartford-based consulting practice focused on providing strategic planning and marketing services to private companies as well as  nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and public agencies.

Putterman offered that  his primary goal is to “make more information on more topics accessible to a growing number of people to promote greater engagement in democracy and public policy in Connecticut. The Connecticut Mirror has developed a stellar reputation for reporting by its outstanding journalists. I want to help build on that foundation.”

Putterman served as an elected member of the West Hartford Board of Education from 2003 through 2015, including three years as chair of the board (2011 to 2014). He received a Bachelor of Arts in history and an M.B.A. in marketing from Cornell University. He and his wife, Teri Bayer, live in West Hartford and have three children.

americafoodNEW BRITAIN: More competition is coming to Connecticut’s Supermarket market.  America’s Food Basket is expected to open before the end of April. The 22,000 square foot market will join another in New London, and is part of a now 47 store chain with outlets in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island.

America’s Food Basket LLC is a Cooperative, first established in 2007 and  says that it “supports and unifies independent retailers across the Northeast United States. With continuous growth on the horizon, America’s Food Basket operates within all five boroughs of New York, and expands into New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.” The New Britain store is part of an expansion of corporate owned stores.

In January AFB signed a long term agreement with the 18 billion Minneapolis based Supervalu foods as the wholesaler supplier to all of its stores.

tribes casino copyHARTFORD:  The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribe[s], released a rendering of their planned East Windsor entertainment and gaming facility. The two tribes also highlighted the benefits of Senate Bill 957 authorizing the casino and which would include an infusion of funding to assist the state's tourism industry.

According to the tribes the proposed development will be a “world-class,” 200,000 square foot gaming and entertainment facility with 2,000 slot machines and 50 to 150 table games. The Senate bill requires the facility to pay a 25% tax on its slot machines and a 25% tax on its table games.

The tax is similar to the fees being charged by the state of Massachusetts on the MGM Casino in downtown Springfield.

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HARTFORD: Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards. According to the Department of Economic and Community Development, The Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards recognizes those who “go above and beyond to enhance both the appeal of our state as well as the health of our economy.”  There are five categories for recognition and nominations are being accepted through Monday, April 7, 2017. Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism, will be help Thursday, May 4th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Categories for Award and Your Nominations

2017 Tourism Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes either an individual or a group of individuals who “exemplify the positive impact volunteers can have on the success of Connecticut’s travel and tourism initiatives.”

Who’s eligible for nomination:

MANCHESTER: Dalia Alberdi had been appointed as Director of Admissions and Marketing at Manchester Manor. Alberdi will be the facility’s liaison with its referring hospitals to facilitate patient admissions.

“We are thrilled to have Dalia join our team and strengthen our already best-in-class service to patients and their families,” said Billy Nelson, administrator of Manchester Manor. “Dalia will also build solid, dependable relations with area hospitals to ensure easy transition and exceptional care for our incoming residents.”

Alberdi comes to Manchester Manor from Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She is a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. For more information, visit and

hearstNorwalk: Hearst Connecticut Newspapers have consolidated their office into a regional headquarters at Merritt 7 Corporate Park, Norwalk. Hearst has signed a new 11 year lease for 30,251 square feet in building 301 in the six building, 1.4 million square foot office complex.

Margaret Egan, Senior Vice President, Clarion Partners the owners of Merrit 7 said, “this brings their entire Fairfield County workforce to a Class-A workplace environment, allowing Hearst to optimize its operations."

pimentel job2HARTFORD: Job Pimentel has been rolling with BMW Dealerships for years, from his home in Watertown to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Albuquerque, NM. Now Job has new employment at New Country Motor Car Group BMW in Hartford as its new General Manager.

By Mason Advertising

Microsites can be a creative playground for brands with a specific campaign, message, or call-to-action to showcase. Rather than be limited by the presentation and structure of an existing website, a microsite allows the brand to design a new experience that’s especially well-suited to the desired outcome, whether that’s awareness, advocacy, sharing, purchasing, or some combination of results.

So what is a microsite, and how might it come in handy?

A microsite is, in many ways, just what it sounds like: a small web property, limited in size and scope, which serves as an auxiliary website for a larger ‘parent’ site. It has its own URL and is typically designed and branded independently from the parent site.

A microsite often houses a unique promotion, a highlighted topic, a focused campaign, an alternative brand experience (such as a branded game), or a particular product or piece of content. It is usually just a few pages deep and might even be contained on a single page.

dialSTAMFORD: Henkel Corp. based in Dusseldorf, Germany has a wide range of consumer and industrial products, and has more than 50,000 employees. The company has facilities throughout the United States and its US headquarters are in Rocky Hill along with the research division for its adhesives business.

ireneMIDDLETOWN: The Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, will be a little more flush as Makiaris Media Services, is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with a donation of 30 food items to the pantry.

The media consulting agency founded in 1987 will also be re-vamping its website, launching a new logo and marketing materials. Founder and CEO Irene Makiaris attributed the agency’s longevity and success to the her staff, saying, “our management team has a combined experience of over 140 years,” adding “what sets us apart is our dedication and commitment – we never stop learning, [we’re] always negotiating from a position of knowledge.”

HctglcARTFORD: The Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) is looking for volunteers to help the group in planning of the its 10th Anniversary Gala.

CTGLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year: from Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO) in 2007 to Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) in 2017 and the Gala Celebration is center stage.

If you are interested in being a part of the Gala Planning Committee contact

John Vincent Pica-Sneeden, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The first committee meeting will be in late February. 

gem logoNew Haven: GEM Advertising has been named Agency of Record for Griffin Health  a 160-bed acute care community hospital serving more than 130,000 residents of the griffin hospitallogoLower Naugatuck Valley Region in Connecticut. GEM Advertising is a full-service agency with additional locations in Vancouver, British Columbia; Boston, MA; and Chicago, IL.

GEM Advertising CEO, Chris Bartlett, said, “we’re thrilled to be in the position to both clarify and sharpen the Griffin Health brand. With their philosophy of advocating for preventative healthcare and treating the patient first regardless of their clinical diagnosis."

According to the agency the marketing campaigns will include “media planning (traditional and digital media), website revamping, design, copy, social media marketing and public relations and collateral materials.”

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MILFORD: Kevin Hall Design, a graphic design and consulting firm, is celebrating 25 years in business. The firm specializes in branding, logos and package design, for which the firm has won numerous national and state-level awards.

As one of Connecticut's leading logo designers, Hall has also written extensively about the importance of logos and trademarks and its positive impact on a company's bottom line. Some of Hall's clients include Hummel Bros., Jamaican Gourmet Coffee.....

giardino MasonBETHANY: Joshua Giardino has been name the Director of Digital Strategies & Analytics at Mason an  “integrated marketing communications firm.”

Giardino was previously Manager of SEO & Marketing Solutions at Ipullrank, a Digital Marketing Agency in New York and the Bilco Company of New Haven as an IT Project Manager. A graduate of the University of New Haven, Giardino is a volunteer instructor at the Start-up Institute.

The agency release says that Giardino “will utilize his strategic methods for content auditing, keyword research, market analysis, site analytics and reporting to improve Mason’s marketing automation capabilities, and modernize the agency’s proficiency as a full-service partner.”

grazianoNEW HAVEN: The former publisher of the Hartford Courant and General Manager of Fox 61 Richard Graziano has been appointed General Manager of WTNH and WCTX. The station was recently purchased by Nextstar Media Group [Nasdaw: NXST] of Irving, TX as part of the company’s $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General.

By MItchell Young

HARTFORD: The date has been set and registration is open for The Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism [registration link] on May 4th at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The confab comes at a time that Connecticut’s largest tourism draws, the Foxwoods and the Mohegan Casinos are bracing for significant competition from new casinos, in neighboring Massachusetts and New York.

The Nutmeg tourism industry is said to employ more than 60,000 people, nearly a third at the two Casinos and their immediate vicinity. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development [DECD] says, that overall tourism employment grew 13.6% in the past ten years and the Department of Tourism says that more than 1.6 million people visited Connecticut in 2015.

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DANBURY: The sharing economy will plow its way into a new market if James Albis has his way, with the launching of his new company and app Snohub. With the company’s app homeowners can find a snow plow provider without being a contracted account. Snowplow drivers can pick up a little extra business. Currently Snohub is available in Fairfield and Westchester County, NY.

Elm City Express Master 1200px copy 360 360 86 sha 100NEW HAVEN:  Professional “football” is coming to New Haven in the form of The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The Elm City Express has joined the league as an expansion team and the club will compete in the Northeast Region’s Atlantic Conference. Just last month, Aron Sarwar and Hami Kara announced that they were bring soccer and the league to Hartford.

The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid.  And has more than fifty teams spread across the country in cities as diverse as Perkaski, Pa., Fort Worth Tx., Chattanooga Tenn., Miami, Fl., and now Hartford and New Haven.

“We’re very excited about adding another team in Connecticut,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “We are also enthused by this ownership group, one that has international connections and massive experience.  Our fans and supporters will be treated to an incredible rivalry between Elm City Express and Hartford City FC.  There is no question that it’s an exciting time for NPSL soccer in Connecticut.”

Critics said Lady Gaga was also a winner at the Superbowl and now the superstar has announced her world tour will include the Mohegan Sun Arena on November 10th.

Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the ‎Joanne World Tour starting on August 1st in Vancouver, BC with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the U.K. before returning to North America in November and December this year.  Tickets prices can be rich with some going at $399 but are also available at $49. Tickets go on sale February 20th.

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