Items tagged with Business

Jobseeker Special: A Personal Review of Your Résumé

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resumeSign up for a 20-minute one-on-one session to have a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) review your résumé and offer feedback. Advance registration is required with the American Job Center via email, Michael [dot] Shavel [at] ct [dot] gov or Paul [dot] Fedor [at] ct [dot] gov.

The basics of résumé writing and proven marketing strategies will be shown. You will learn how to create a powerful summary, headline and core skills section, highlight accomplishments and develop a personal brand that will enable you to stand out from the crowd. 

paul fedorPaul Fedor is a Career Development Specialist for the Department of Labor providing job search and career guidance to a diverse population of clients. Paul is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator. Paul created a LinkedIn Networking Series of workshops for the Department of Labor including Get Connected with LinkedIn, LinkedIn Networking Strategies and LinkedIn Lab to assist clients in understanding how to use social media to find and network with employers.

michael shavelMichael Shavel has been employed by the CT Dept of Labor since 1990. He currently works in the Bridgeport office, providing Career Counseling to a wide variety of job seekers ranging from entry level to upper management. Michael is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern CT State University.


Women Entrepreneurs Group: Applying for a Small Business Loan

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Aya Beckles Swanson Do you need funding to start or grow your business, but don’t know where to start? Get the inside scoop on how to find funding and attract small business lenders from Aya Beckles Swanson, VP Community Lending at Community Investment Corporation.

Aya has nearly 10 years of experience in economic and community development, helping hundreds of businesses start up, relocate or grow in CT. Community Investment Corporation is a non-profit economic development lender contributing financial expertise and practical guidance to small business entrepreneurs. Aya is also an entrepreneur herself, running a one-woman test preparation company in her spare time. As both a lender and business owner, she is uniquely positioned to understand the difficulties facing entrepreneurs and to help them overcome these challenges and achieve success.



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Women Entrepreneurs Group: Start a Business Venture

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holly hurdThinking about starting a business? Meet Holly Hurd and three entrepreneurial mothers in a panel presentation share trials and tips from their paths to creating successful businesses. You'll also hear stories of other women who started ventures with no business plan, no start up capital and no babysitter—like the woman whose cookies ended up in Whole Foods, the women who created a product for busy moms that is now found in baby stores all over the country and the mom who started making money with one email.  Get inspired to take your passion or inspiration and turn it into a success story.

Holly Hurd is the founder of, a web site devoted to showcasing moms who have their own businesses. She has interviewed hundreds of moms with their own ventures and written the book, Venture Mom: From Idea to Income in Just 12 Weeks. Hurd was featured in Futures Magazine, USA Today and in Fortune’s “People to Watch” column for her exceptional work managing her own hedge fund on Wall Street. 

Businesses represented:

Holly Hurd - Founder of a website dedicated to sharing the stories of moms who have created businesses out of thin air. The site also promotes the products and services of the women she covers through the e-commerce VentureMom Marketplace.

Kathy Monahan of 8 to the Bar - A nut and fruit bar that is sold in Whole Foods and multiple small shops in the area.

Patricia Espinosa of The Local Vault - An online site to sell high end used furniture, mirrors, accessories and more. Created by four women from Greenwich.

Cheryl MacClusky of Avivi Beauty - A high end line of avocado based all natural oils and scrubs.

Yael van Hulst of Jumbo Dog Art Books - A service that takes your boxes of children's art and turns it into a lovely coffee table book that is a piece of art.


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Email Marketing With Constant Contact

December 8, 2015
Cheryl Henchar

Cheryl Henchar presented strategies to make email efforts more effective with Constant Contact on December 8, 2015.

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Successful Job Searches

December 1, 2015
Stan Witkow

Career consultant Stan Witkow addressed “myths” that job hunters perceive as impeding their job-hunting success on December 1, 2015. 

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Business Special: Should You Consider Business Ownership?

November 17, 2015
Bill Brimmer

Franchise advisor Bill Brimmer gave an informational session on franchising on November 17, 2015. 

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Women Entrepreneurs Group: Communication Differences Between Genders

November 10, 2015
Peggy Bud

Peggy Bud spoke about differences in the way women and men communicate on November 10, 2015.

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Business Special: Last Minute Tips for Completing Your 2015 Small Business Income Tax Return

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taxTom Figgatt, tax and accounting specialist for small business and individuals, discusses his method of tax "CPR" by helping clients comply with tax laws in a timely manner and by tax planning to minimize current and future tax liabilities. He also provides tax representation for clients in examinations, audits, collections and appeals. Registration suggested at Partner: Fairfield County SCORE.

tom figgattTom Figgatt is an Enrolled Agent, with a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS in all fifty states and US territories. He is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor who can help clients set up and clean up the systems that track their business books and records. Tom holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a BA from Vassar College and has undergraduate and graduate certificates in Accounting from Sacred Heart University. He is currently a student in the Masters in Taxation program at Golden Gate University. Tom became a full time tax professional in 2009 and runs a personalized tax practice for clients from his base in Ridgefield, CT. 

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Jobseeker Special: Elevate Your Career Playbook

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careerCareer consultant Linda Buggy will guide participants through an innovative process on how to unleash your talents, plug into your potential and create a meaningful and successful career path. Through interactive exercises and practical advice hear about ways to reinvent your “game” and take steps to help you elevate your career. This program is designed for job seekers in transition, those who remain employed but want something more and those who are seeking to reinvent a new career path.

linda buggyLinda Buggy, MS and Board Certified Coach is a Senior International Career Consultant with IMPACT Group. Her women’s emerging leadership program has attracted women from a number of countries. Linda has held retained search and international talent management leadership roles with major global organizations in technology, life science and financial services. She received her executive coaching training with the NeuroLeadership Group, the College of Executive Coaching and Thunderbird’s Global Mindset program.

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Business Special: Google AdWords Pay-Per-Click Advertising

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google pay per clickMarketing expert Scott Lipow discusses ways to develop an online advertising campaign to drive prospective customers to your website. Four distinct steps to a successful Pay-Per-Click campaign will be covered. Learn how to create an ad that tells customers what you offer, choose the search terms that will make your ad distinctive, manage your daily budget and the per-click bidding and measure results with Google Analytics.

lipowScott Lipow launched Six7 Marketing in 2011 to deliver the most powerful marketing strategies for its clients. Prior to Six7, Scott gained valuable industry experience with marketing research firm Repucom International. As an account director, he worked directly with various marketing agencies, professional sports teams and Fortune 500 brands. Scott earned his MBA from Emory University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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