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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, March 21 , 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
@ St. Michael's in Litchfield
 
 
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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.
 
 
Announcement of Job Opening
PositionExecutive Director of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center Litchfield, CT
 
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT seeks an Executive Director for its interfaith, not-for-profit center. This is done in keeping with the mission and strategic planning for Wisdom House.

Candidates are required to have at least five years managerial and leadership experience, a bachelor's degree, ability to work with diverse personalities and cultures, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to encourage and motivate staff, excellent organizational skills with ability to establish and rearrange priorities, proficiency in understanding and developing budgets, ability to mediate conflict, knowledge of buildings, grounds and ecology, basic computer skills. Applications being accepted through March 10, 2017.  Click here for more details.
 
 
Litchfield Bancorp announces Peter Aziz
as member of its Board of Directors 
Litchfield Bancorp has announced the election of Peter Aziz to Litchfield Bancorp’s Board of Director’s as of January 2017.
 
Peter Aziz ~ contributed photo
 
Mr. Aziz is the President and owner of Bantam Home & Energy, a company he joined in 1988, before becoming president in 2006. In 2006, Bantam Home & Energy was one of the first in the region to introduce Bioheat Heating Oil, which is now widely used throughout the state of Connecticut. Under Peter’s leadership, the company has become a leader in the energy industry by embracing green fuels early on and has led company expansion through its offerings to include propane, air conditioning, plumbing, smart home controls and more.
 
“We welcome Peter to our board and look forward to working together to sustain and grow our bank. As a small business owner he brings a wealth of experience to the board and as a community leader, he helps broaden our reach in our Litchfield Market,” said Thomas J. Villanova, President and Chief Executive Officer of Litchfield Bancorp.
 
Peter Aziz is a graduate from Colgate University and currently lives in Litchfield with his wife, Susan, where they raised their three daughters. Peter is deeply committed to serving the local community, as he currently serves as Trustee of Greenwoods Counselling Referrals, and is a member of SCORE, where he coaches aspiring small business owners. Aziz is also a past member of the Litchfield Board of Finance, and a past Warden of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
 
Aziz was a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris award in 2003 and 2011, with the Litchfield Rotary Club where he is a member and past President. 
 
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to LitchfieldBancorp.com or call 860-567-9401.
 
 
McCall Center for Behavioral Health announces
Paul McLaughlin as member of its Board of Directors
The McCall Center for Behavioral Health has announced the election of Paul McLaughlin to its Board of Directors as of January 2017.
 
Paul McLaughlin and Maria Skinner ~ photo contributed
 
Paul McLaughlin is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Litchfield Bancorp, the same community bank he started with 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.
 
“I am thrilled that Paul has joined our Board of Directors. We are so grateful that he will be directing his boundless energy to furthering the mission of McCall,” said Maria Coutant Skinner, Executive Director of McCall Center for Behavioral Health. Maria continued to say, “His commitment to helping our neighbors find hope in their journey will no doubt have wonderful benefits to our agency, as well as the broader community.”
 
Paul currently serves as a co-chairman for the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program; Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities Trustee; President of the Litchfield Area Business Association; Greenwoods Counseling Director and a member of the Torrington High School Governance Committee. In the past, Paul has also served as a President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northwest Connecticut; Held positions with the Oliver Wolcott Library as Board of Trustee, Annual Fund Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer; as well as a Rotary Member.
 
In accepting the offer to join the Board of Directors for the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Paul stated, “I am both humbled and flattered to have been asked to join the board of such a tremendous organization. I am eagerly looking forward to working with my fellow board members at addressing so many difficult challenges. Also, having the opportunity to work with Executive Director Maria Skinner will be an honor.”
 
ABOUT LITCHFIELD BANCORP
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to LitchfieldBancorp.com or call 860-567-9401.
 
 
Northwest CT SCORE
The volunteers of Northwest Connecticut SCORE are working or retired business owners, executives and managers who can offer you a wealth of information and insights on a wide variety of business problems.  Free confidential mentoring is provided face-to-face or via email or phone.  If you would like assistance with your start-up or existing business please contact us by clicking on the "Free Mentoring" link or call the Chamber of Commerce office in Torrington at 860- 482-6586.
 
 
Aquarion Announces 2017 Awards for
Environmental Excellence
The Aquarion Water Company is again seeking to recognize adults, students, small and large businesses, and non-profits whose volunteer efforts have protected or improved Connecticut’s natural resources – its air, water, soils or plant and wildlife communities. 
 
For the seventh year, the company will select winners of its Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards in five categories: Adult, Youth, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit Organization.
 
“As Stewards of the Environment, Aquarion Water Company is proud to provide an opportunity to acknowledge the many outstanding projects that help protect and preserve our state’s environment,” said Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company.  “Caring for Connecticut’s natural resources is a team effort, and we look forward to celebrating the people, companies and non-profit organizations whose accomplishments in this endeavor have gone above and beyond.”
 
Awards will include a $1,000 award for the student winner and $2,500 contributions to environmental non-profit organizations selected by the other category winners. Aquarion will honor winners on June 3, 2017 at a special event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
 
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017. Self-nominations and re-nominations are welcome. More information is available at www.aquarionwater.com and www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.
 
About Aquarion Water Company:
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S. Based in Bridgeport, Conn., it has been in the public water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices. 
 
For more information on Aquarion Water Company and its subsidiaries, please visit www.aquarionwater.com or www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.
 
 
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