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									STAMFORD business out look
August 7, 2007

Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc.

Stamford Cares
In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate

• Pajamas & Books Program • Learning a Living

• $4 Million Loan Pool for Small Business

• Future of United Way • And Much More!

New York Institute of Finance - Stamford


Building Your Financial Career

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Future of United Way in Stamford $4 Million Loan Pool to Strengthen Small Business in Southwestern CT LifeWorks—Where People Learn A Living Yerwood Center Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut Inc. ARI, fifty-five years of helping Stamford Welcome New Members Stamford YMCA Goes Back To School “Pajamas & Books”—A program of The Volunteer Center Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, Inc. Company Recognition Non-profit Organizations Need to Lead, Manage, and Work as a Team Community Corner Members Making News The Doorway to Self-Sufficiency for the Greater Stamford Area

The financial training industry is leaving its mark on Stamford, CT.
The New York Institute of Finance recognizes the growth in Stamford and is proud to announce the opening of our Stamford location. As an introduction to the Stamford area, NYIF will be offering some of our most popular classes taught by best-in-class industry practitioners. All the benefits of the New York Institute of Finance is now conveniently located at One University Place, Stamford, CT on the University of Connecticut Stamford campus. COURSES AVAILABLE:
Technical Analysis Brokerage Operations Fund Selection Accounting for Derivatives & Hedging Credit Default Swaps: From Vanilla to Exotic Foreign Exchange Marketplace Equity Derivatives Introduction to Credit Derivatives Mortgage Backed Securities Essentials of Corporate Finance Hedge Funds Fixed Income Suite Introduction to Credit Risk Analysis Free Cash Flow: A Powerful Decision-Making Metric Introduction to Financial Accounting Finance Essentials for the Professional Overview of Structured Products Asset Liability Management

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The Stamford Business Outlook is a monthly publication of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. It is published in conjunction with the The Advocate Newspapers. This publication does not represent the views of The Advocate Editorial department. To advertise, please call 964-2448.

John Condlin, President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Barbara Seiter, Vice President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Marcia Groglio, Special Sections Supervisor, The Advocate Cindy Ross, Advertising Director, The Advocate Jim Reid, Retail Sales Manager, The Advocate

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Stamford’s Non-Profit Agencies
The Stamford Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its third anniversary of the Stamford Business Outlook publication. Reflecting back, this publication continues to evolve and it continues to be a business and community focused journal that helps bring to light the many aspects of Stamford’s personality. The August issue spotlights the many Stamford non-profit organizations and agencies and the role they play in helping the community. Without them, Stamford would be a much different city.


Stamford is the largest business center in the state of Connecticut. It is also the largest international trade center between New York City and Boston. With the proposed new housing development that is scheduled to take place over the next ten years, Stamford will be the largest city (population) in Connecticut within the next ten years. Stamford truly exemplifies a growing city with all the challenges of an expanding and diverse population. Stamford is fortunate to have the many non-profit organizations that exist within the city, helping the citizens and the community with the challenges that life puts in their paths. Whether it is for education, parental or youth development, child care, people in crises, homelessness, medical, etc., there is an agency that can access the situation, react accordingly and provide assistance. Stamford’s business community is very compassionate of the many non-profit organizations and agencies and supports them both financially and with company participation and human resource. This issue is geared to present to the reader a cross representation of Stamford’s non-profit community. Thank you to all the non-profits, their staffs and their many volunteers that help reach their mission everyday. Your work is greatly appreciated and will surely become more challenging as we continue to grow.

John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce


Future of United Way in Stamford
MICHELLE JAMES, PRESIDENT United Way Stamford Office Stamford’s United Way recently merged, but its commitment to the Stamford community is stronger than ever. Following a national movement toward consolidation within the United Way system, the United Way of Stamford, United Way of Northern Fairfield County, and Housatonic/Shepaug United Way have combined their operations to become United Way of Western Connecticut. Stamford’s past board chair, Reyno Giallongo of First County Bank, will serve as the new Chairman of the Board. Bob Dolian of Cummings & Lockwood, Brooke Feder of Cushman & Wakefield of CT, Inc. and Andrew Zeitlin of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP will also represent Stamford on the new regional Board of Directors (Governance Board). The Governance Board is charged with overseeing the entire organization. Comprised of members from each community, they will provide expertise and perspective on a regional level. Each local community, Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County (Housatonic/Shepaug) and Stamford will be represented by a Community Council that will focus on local priorities, identifying community needs, building long-term funding sources and allocating resources to local service human service programs. Under the new organization, dollars raised in Stamford will continue to be spent to address the health and human services needs important to our community. The local Community Councils will make funding recommendations to the Governance Board, and all donor restricted grants or gifts will remain subject to donor restrictions. This new consolidated model is not unique. Just as corporations continue to refine efficiencies through consolidations, the entire United Way system is being transformed with a focus on impact, reputation and growth. Using the United Way of America (UWA) community impact business model, integrated efforts will offer donors and stakeholders regional strategies to solve local community problems. Michelle James, who joined United Way of Stamford as President last June, will remain President of the Stamford office, located at 62 Palmer’s Hill Road. The Stamford office recently announced an 8% increase in program funding from last year, with a plan to invest in 56 local programs over the next year. With local support through the annual campaign, we hope to increase our investment in Stamford in the future. For more information about the United Way, organizations funded by the United Way or to get involved, visit www.uwwesternct.org. ◆

LifeWorks— Where People Learn A Living
R E V E R E N D R I C H A R D S C H U S T E R, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R St. Luke’s Life Works People facing the dilemma of homelessness in our area find that St. Luke’s LifeWorks can help them learn how to change and improve their lives. The Stamford-based non-profit motivates people and encourages them to tap into their own unique potential by offering education and skill acquisition as well as support services and housing. The result is success at becoming self-sufficient. St. Luke’s LifeWorks offers programs that address the specific needs of families with children, single adults, people living with HIV/AIDS and people recovering from mental illness. Operating 10 sites throughout lower Fairfield County, the agency has eight locations in Stamford including the Center for Children and Families on Franklin and their Woodland Campus in the South End. LifeWorks serves more than 400 adults and children a year and is currently focused on two key initiatives:

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$4 Million Loan Pool to Strengthen Small Business in Southwestern CT
D O N N A WE R T E N B A C H , P R E S I D E N T Community Economic Development Fund Small business in the southwestern part of the state, covering the area between Bridgeport and Greenwich, will soon have a new resource available to assist start-up and existing businesses. The $4 million Southwestern Connecticut Segmented Loan Fund, a unique collaboration between the private and public sector, is expected to be launched by the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) at a press conference in the beginning of September. The $4 million loan pool, comprised of $2 million in private sector money from local banks and other investors, and $2 million public sector money matched through a grant from the State, is designed 4 to serve small businesses, and minority and women owned businesses that have trouble borrowing from traditional sources because they are high risk and do not have the required cash flow or collateral. These loans can be used for most business and for purposes such as the purchase of new equipment or inventory or for the addition of new employees to help grow the business. This resource will enable entrepreneurs in the southwestern region of the state to pursue their interests while supporting and contributing to the local economy. The Community Economic Development Fund was created in 1994 to revitalize Connecticut’s distressed neighborhoods by providing greater access to capital, technical assistance to small businesses, and support for community economic development. CEDF offers flexible underwriting and loan terms

• Educational opportunities through their Life Long Learning Program • Creation of housing options including affordable and supportive housing The goal of Life Long Learning is to offer people who are disadvantaged, particularly by homelessness, the opportunity for career development, improved life skills, and computer training to help them become self-sufficient. Currently, the agency has two Life Long Learning Centers capable of providing more than 40 hours of instruction a week through

and all small business owners also benefit from one-on-one business counseling and small group training workshops throughout the life of the loan. Loan proceeds can be used for small business or mixeduse properties that include both commercial and residential uses.◆

workshops, classes, tutoring, and computer-based learning programs. The agency also provides paid internships to help program participants gain valuable work experience. The second key initiative is the development of additional supportive housing that is lease-held permanent housing with support services provided as a proven solution to homelessness. Currently, LifeWorks provides 66 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals and five for families. A formal alliance called Fairfield 08 has also united LifeWorks and three other leading area non-profits in a collaboration to create additional supportive housing countywide. LifeWorks efforts to create more affordable housing got a boost from a recent gift of property in downtown Stamford. A developer working on a high-rise condominium project selected LifeWorks as the recipient of the gift to meet the City’s affordable housing requirements. The property will now be leveraged to facilitate the development of a minimum of 22 units of affordable housing as a part of the agency’s Woodland Campus re-development. To find out how you can help provide solutions to homelessness, call today: (203) 388-0100 or visit www. learnaliving.org. ◆


Yerwood Center

Located in the heart of Stamford’s West Side, a community that continues to thrive and evolve, Yerwood is recognized as the community resource center. Initiating a major revitalization project in 2000, we have made dramatic advances, including facility renovations and new programming, in just six short years. With the support from the community, collaborating partners and financial supporters, we have re-established ourselves as a valuable asset to the Stamford community. Each day, we provide educational and personal development programs and activities to over three hundred students, adults and seniors. With our unwavering focus on Stamford’s underserved minority population, we have developed affordable yet innovative programs and activities to meet our community’s most pressing needs. Our primary initiatives revolve around closing the academic “achievement gap,” bridg-

ing the digital divide, and providing resource services to the entire family. By identifying the community’s core needs we have created five comprehensive programs: Yerwood Scholars, YES Camp, Computer Literacy w/ ESL, Senior Citizens Program, and the Streetworks Project. Recently, Yerwood answered a call to action initiated by a rise of teens involved in antisocial behaviors. Through prevention and intervention programs and structured recreational activities, we have taken the first steps to eliminate violence amongst pre-teens, teens and young adults. We remain optimistic as we continue on our track of progress. By enhancing our current initiatives, diversifying staff, implementing new programs, and investigating new programs for specific target populations, Yerwood will continue to enhance the lives of those we serve, instilling values of self-sufficiency and civic responsibility. ◆


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Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut Inc.


ARI, fifty-five years of helping Stamford
ARI is a community service agency founded in 1952 by a group of parents and friends of people with developmental disabilities. Since then ARI has grown into the principal agency in our area that provides high-quality Jobs, Homes and Services to those with developmental disabilities. ARI clients love their work! They may choose between individual and group employment, inhouse or out in the community, with various levels of support. One can work at ARI doing mail fulfillment and packaging or with a team doing commercial and residential landscaping and cleaning. Or, with the help of staff, find a job out in the community that matches his or her skills and interests. ARI staff provides training and support at the job site, free of charge to the business. As the worker gains the skills he or she needs to work independently, the ARI staff support is gradually withdrawn but available if needed. ARI operates a variety of living options via our Residential Services. We own and manage four group homes in Stamford and manage one in Ridgefield. In addition, dozens of individuals live independently in their own apartments, with ARI’s Supported Living Services. Our Day Services include School-to-Adult Life Transition, Community Experience, Habilitative, Medical, Recreation and Respite. We aim to offer as many state-of-the-art programs and services as our clients need and desire. ARI offers athletic, artistic and social programs run with and by a great group of volunteers. We also provide opportunities for our clients to give back themselves by volunteering for organizations such as New Covenant House, Stamford Hospital, Salvation Army and Friendly Shoppers. This year the ARI Youth Corp was formed and helped with the first annual Walk for Independence and the 12th Annual Lotstein/Martin Golf Outing. With innovative programming, strategic vision and long range planning, ARI emphasizes community inclusion and promotes self-reliance for every individual. ARI clients are capable, contributing members of society and our local workforce. ARI focuses on each person’s strengths, interests Matthew Reyher and abilities. ◆

Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut (JASWCT), established in 1975, educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. Its mission is to ensure that every child in Southwest Connecticut has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. JASWCT is able to fulfill its mission through partnerships between the business and education communities. As a result, students (Kindergarten through 12th grade) have the

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opportunity to meet business volunteers and benefit from their “real world” experience through various programs. During the 2006-2007 program year, more than 12,000 students participated in the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport and Weston. JA takes volunteers from the community and puts them face-to-face with local students through the simplest form of human contact—sharing. JA prides itself in developing innovative programs to educate young people about business and economics and help prepare them 6 for fulfilling careers. Programs fall

under one of three categories: In-School Programs: These programs reach students K-12 and are designed to be taught in the classroom by business, parent, retirees, and community volunteers. Volunteers are provided with all the materials (including a lesson plan and training) necessary to succeed! Commitment time ranges depending on grade level of the student. The elementary school program requires 45 minutes once a week for five weeks, while the middle and high school programs require 45 minutes once a week for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks. JA Company Program: With the help of business volunteers, High School students organize and operate an actual business enterprise. This program takes place in the evening and runs for 12 weeks. Students and volunteers meet once a week for 2 hours during the 12-week period. Volunteers play an integral roll in helping the students run a successful business. Job Shadow/Field Trips: This program takes students (Middle and High School) into the workplace to learn about careers. This one-day program is a great way for a company to get involved with Junior Achievement while requiring the least amount of time. Students benefit from learning about the different kinds of jobs that exist as well as understanding the types of skills needed in the “real world”. Junior Achievement also offers Career Days where volunteers visit the schools and talk to students about their own career. ◆ To learn more about Junior Achievement please visit their website at: http://stamfordct.ja.org.

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Stamford YMCA Goes Back To School
S U S A N T. D I N N O C E N T I , P H .D., I N T E R I M CEO Stamford YMCA
The Stamford YMCA (Y) has been serving the chil- in the years ahead. In the last month, we have announced that dren, families, and community for 139 years. Now in our 140th year, we are forced to go back to a not-for- the YMCA would be selling the current facility, profit’s 3 R’s— Responsibility to others, Responding cease operations, seek new facilities, build relationships with outside organizations, to needs, and Reaching Out to help and renew our commitment to the and seek help ourselves. Stamford Community in the 21st Responsibilities Being not-forcentury Our Y has the opportunity profit demands an accountability for a fresh start which will benefit of function and performance to an a broader segment of our city. We organization’s specific stakeholders cannot do this alone and therefore in our case, the stakeholders are we need to reach out. everyone living, visiting, and workReaching Out To truly make a ing in the city of Stamford. The Y qualitative difference in the lives must develop and provide programs of the people of Stamford, the Y to inspire families, children, and will be proactive in setting the bar communities to live better and more at a level that motivates each indihealthful lives through the blending vidual to their highest potential. of education, fitness, and wellness. Our educational programs will be Responding Our mission to retooled to address career explorabuild strong kids, strong families, Susan T. Dinnocenti tion, social emotional skills, muland a strong community does not happen in a vacuum. The many sections of Stamford tilingual support, enrichment, civic responsibility, from north of the Merritt to the west side, over to the parent/child relationships, and more. Our outreach south end, and out to Glenbrook provide a wealth of to senior citizens will include avenues for physical, programmatic opportunities. The Y is mindful and emotional, and social interaction and our emphasis on respectful of diversity as seen in our programs or fitness will be sensitive to the critical issues of obesity, fitness areas. Our members represent every race, reli- diabetes, and arthritic or chronic conditions. We will gion, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic class who focus on building partnerships with educational agenwork, relax, and stay strong together as a family. We cies that want the best for children, with businesses realize that through our diversity there is a common who support health and wellness, and with all the bond of unity that each person celebrates when they citizens of Stamford who know why a YMCA is such a come together. This is a feeling that must be extended significant part of everyone’s lives. ◆

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“Pajamas & Books”—A program of The Volunteer Center
R O B E R T A E I C H L E R, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County


“PJs & Books” is a collaboration between The Volunteer Center, area businesses, and Kids in Crisis. This project was initiated in 2004 when The Volunteer Center’s Workplace Volunteer Council learned that many children who are removed from difficult home situations and placed into temporary housing have never before had their own pajamas. Some children sleep in their underwear in the summer and in their clothes in the winter. Many children never had their own book to write their name in and to keep as their own.

To provide relief to these children, 12 Workplace Volunteer Council member companies collected new, warm pajamas, to

they were distributed to children and adolescents to help them feel more comfortable and confident. In addition to the pajamas

…many children who are removed from difficult home situations and placed into temporary housing have never before had their own pajamas.
be paired with new, age-appropriate books. Last fall, 284 warm pajamas and 617 books were donated to Kids in Crisis where and books, many companies also donated stuffed animals, slippers and bathrobes. Since The Volunteer Center established this

Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, Inc.
C A T H Y M A L L O Y, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R

The Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, Inc. began in 1979, to provide crisis counseling, advocacy and community education to the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, and Wilton. In the past five years alone, the Center has provided support services to over 3000 new clients and educated almost 40,000 individuals throughout lower Fairfield County. The Center, which began in a trailer behind Stamford Hospital, was designed to provide immediate crisis intervention and support to rape victims brought into the hospital. Then known as the Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Center, the center grew and moved into an office on Summer Street, also in Stamford. Before long, the staff and board felt that the Center’s name needed to be gender neutral to support the many men coming forward to receive services for their assaults and felt as though the word rape had a female connotation to it. Individuals who call our 24hour hotline may receive crisiscounseling, emotional support, accompaniment to make a police report or hospital visit for an evidence collection exam, referral 8 to outside agencies, information about the issue or referral to the

Center’s clinical department for short-term crisis counseling (12 sessions) and support groups. A lending library is available to assist the victims in recovery and for community members to access more information about the issue. S.A.C.E.C. also provides a full array of age appropriate personal safety and risk reduction educational programs for audiences age 4 through adult. These programs teach students of all ages the truth about sexual assault and harassment and show them ways that they can help to end sexual violence. Training of the local police is provided to increase their awareness of the issue and to heighten their sensitivity to the victim’s needs and emotional state. Adult education is provided to professional groups, parent organizations and through local health fairs. All services are free of charge. The issue of Sexual Assault continues to be difficult to discuss. We are a very upbeat Center that is energized by our work and committed to our mission. We are convinced that education is the answer; it is the critical factor in empowering individuals to have the strength to protect themselves and have the courage to come forward when they have Cathy Malloy been assaulted. ◆

program in 2004 over 800 children have received new, warm pajamas and nearly 1,800 children have each received a new book to keep as their own. The Volunteer Center’s Workplace Volunteer Council is a coalition of twenty-seven area businesses that recognize the critical importance of volunteerism in the community. The Council strives to enhance the quality of life by promoting and fostering business volunteerism. Council member companies have the opportunity to participate together in five annual projects that are interesting, engaging and fun. For more information about The Volunteer Center’s Workplace Volunteer Council, contact Kathy Fawcett at Kathy@ ucanhelp.org. Another service of The Volunteer Center is providing rewarding volunteer opportunities for individuals who are interested in giving back. The Volunteer Center’s website, www. ucanhelp.org, has an online searchable database of nearly 250 volunteer opportunities from over 100 Stamford area nonprofit organizations, including opportunities to serve on boards of

directors. Interested individuals can search for volunteer opportunities by agency name, alphabetically by volunteer opportunity or by keyword. Check it out! ◆ The Volunteer Center offers workshops targeted to nonprofit organizations, but many business people also attend, due to the relevant topics and low cost. A panel discussion on “Building Effective Partnerships between Businesses and Nonprofits” will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at The Volunteer Center. For more information about this and other workshops, contact Candace Burke at Candace@ucanhelp.org or 348-7714 x233.

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For a spectacular party or event in downtown Stamford, Bank Street is a beautiful 1913 Beaux Arts building offering space for 15 to 250 people. Bennett’s Steak and Fish
Anthony Zezima, Manager

24-26 Spring St. Stamford CT 06901 (203) 978-7995 Fax (203) 406-2078

1127 Post Road Darien CT 06820 (203) 655-2575 Fax (203) 655-7178 www.dariensport.com
Upscale Fashion Retailer

The Darien Sport Shop, a leading specialty retailer for 60 years, offers


Non-profit Organizations Need to Lead, Manage, and Work as a Team
M I T C H TU B L I N , M A N A G I N G P A R T N E R LMI Stamford Museum & Nature Center Presents:
Nature in the Garden Saturday August 11 9 am to 11 am rain or shine.


and the boy who won’t grow up. Box Office: 203461-6358 x31 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.

Let’s remove the salary you the waters and seek the analyreceive and consider why you sis. When the goal setting bar work where you work. A great is raised high great achievement start is the people you work usually follows. with, the physical location of A small or medium sized non the office and what the com- profit must write down their pany or organization provides. core values, vision, mission, or In the non-profit sector, you purpose for their organization have two out of three for most of It is critical to have your chapter your work force. A non-profit is develop a ‘big vision’ or mission no different than any other busistatement. ness or company. There is work to be done to develop leaders, or face great risk to their future managers and teams who work success and growth. The leadereffectively together. ship team needs to address these There are times when a areas in their organizations. local Chapter of a larger nonThe development of your profit may lose sight of the management team and their ‘big’ vision or mission state- skills is critical. Ask yourself, if ment. This is why it is critical to your managers would be more have your chapter develop your effective if: own. Similar to a department or - they had increased producunit of a company, everyone is tivity through controlling working together and each area priorities needs their daily motivation - identify and use high payoff toward the ‘big’ picture. A local activities non-profit may feel they lack - they were able to evaluate the funds to enter into a full attitudes and make producStrategic Development Process. tive behavioral changes This may not be the case. Test - develop team players through delegation - they were able to set goals and achieve results - find time for planning and goal setting The training and continued learning and development of people must not be ignored in the non profit sector. The payoff is huge! The sense of team pervades all areas of a motivated workforce. Yes it does start at the top. Done with thought and consistency you are able to hear the results in the tone of a per10 son answering the phone. ◆ Mitch Tublin

Spend the morning in the vegetable garden looking for amazing insects, birds and butterflies. Learn about what is grown, and take home some of the harvest.
For more information visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Sterling Glen of Stamford August Calendar of Events
Thursday, August 2 • 2:30 pm Hawaiian Luau Day! John Banker will entertain

with original Hawaiian instruments and song
Sunday, August 12 • 2:30 pm The Karkowska Sisters, an internationally

Curtain Call’s Summerstock Workshop
Junior Session II Program August 13-24, Mon-Fri., 10 am-3 pm

acclaimed piano and violin duo, perform, “Love in Opera.”
Saturday, August 18 • 2:00 pm

Young performers will receive a well rounded creative experience in the performing arts as they study acting, movement, voice, and even some basic theatre design and stage craft. Their progress will culminate in their very own showcase production, performed, designed and assembled by the students. Ages 6-11
For more information call (203)329-8207 ext. 16.

Local photographer and historian Robert Berthelson will provide a lecture and slide show, “From Independence to Saratoga – Crisis in the American Revolution.”
Sunday, August 19 • 2:30 pm, the musical group

“The Sophistications” perform.
Thursday, August 30 * 7:30 pm, a health seminar and discussion will be presented by Joe Feuerstein, MD, “Dietary Supplements – “What are They all About?” Sterling Glen of Stamford is located at 77 Third Street. For more information about these and other upcoming events, please call (203) 327-4551, or visit SterlingGlen.com.

Summer Youth Theater 2007 Presents
Peter Pan • August 9-18

Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre is proud to bring to life this heart felt story of Neverland, Fairies, Pirates, Indians, a vengeful crocodile,

Photo: Photographic Memories

Area legislators presented a summary of programs that were a result of this year’s state budget at the recently held Legislative Lunch at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel. AT&T sponsored the program which also included ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the legislators about issues that affected the business community. Pictured from left to right are: William Tong, State Rep 147th District; Livvy Floren, State Rep. 149th District; Harry Carey AT&T Director, External Affairs; Andrew McDonald, State Senator 27th District; Carlo Leone, State Rep. 148th District; Jim Shapiro, State Rep. 144th District.

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Furniture Owner Evron L. Davis, Business Development Specialist John Pedone, President

A wealth of European inspired furniture and cooking ranges, fashionable, timeless designs, affordably priced and beautifully displayed complimentary home consultants. Elizabeth Arden Co.
Irene Perretta, Process Engineer

39 Glenbrook Rd., 1G Stamford CT 06902-2986 203) 323-2500 Fax (203) 323-3003

6 Lunar Drive Woodbridge CT 06525 (203) 388-1663 Fax (203) 388-1681 marrakechinc.org
Non-Profit Organization

30 Commerce Rd Stamford CT 06902-4506 (800) 253-4055 Fax (203) 961-0101 www.myprimetimelimo.com
Limousine Service

Westport CT 06880 (203) 221-2840 Fax (203) 221-2841

Jewish Family Service
Ilene K. Locker, Director of Employment & Training

Specialize in all facets of mortgage business. Subprime, high ltv, low credit, cashout, jumbo loans, zero doc, NINA, SISA. University of Bridgeport/ Stamford Campus
Jean Mann, Director

200 First Stamford Pl Stamford CT 06902 (203) 462-5700 Fax (203) 363-5474 www.elizabetharden.com
Cosmetics Distributor

111 Prospect St., Suite 410 Stamford CT 06901 (203) 921-4161 Fax (203) 921-4169 www.ctjfs.org
Social Services

Marrakech, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides residential, educational and job placement services to people with disabilities through community integration services. Minuteman Press
Peter Sandler, Owner

Red Door Spa of Darien
Lisa McCaughey, General Manager

1077 Post Road Darien CT 06820 (203) 655-2736 Fax (203) 656-8091 www.reddoorspas.com

Fairfield County Bank Corp.
Marcia O’Kane, Senior Commercial Lender

67 Wall Street Norwalk CT 06852 (203) 854-7624 Fax (203) 831-2932 www.fcbankcorp.com
Financial Services

Non-Sectarian, fully licensed/accredited, social service agency providing services that address contemporary issues: counseling, employment & training; support groups/workshops; college consulting; & geriatric services/home companions. Joyce Van Lines
William Joyce, Owner/President

5 Riverbend Dr. Stamford CT 06907-0585 (203) 358-0700 Fax (203) 967-3735 www.bridgeport.edu

2540 Summer St. Stamford CT 06905 (203) 327-9818 Fax (203) 327-7224 www.stamford.minutemanpress.com

An industry leader in day spas, offering facials, massages, waxing, hair and nail treatments along with signature beauty packages. Conveniently located above the historic Darien Playhouse. Sir Speedy
Courtney A. Nelthropp, Owner

Fairfield County Bank represents the merger of Ridgefield Bank & Fairfield County Savings Bank as well as the addition of Westport Bank in 2004. Our combined strength enables us to offer commercial loans to businesses as well as insurance and investment Graywolf Consulting
Cynthia Graziano, President

We are your one stop for printing, mailing, design, promotional specialties. Fast turnaround and high quality at affordable prices are our specialty. Free pickup and delivery. New Neighborhoods, Inc.
Ross Burkhardt, President & CEO

The University of Bridgeport Stamford Campus offers a broad range of renowned graduate degree programs, an innovative accelerated undergraduate program IDEAL, and the newest addition to the campus CBIT- Center for Business Information Technologies, an al. Upper Crust Bagel & Deli
Anthony LoParco, Owner

195 Christian Street Oxford CT 06478 (203) 324-6683 Fax (203) 888-4226

15 Bank St. Stamford CT 06901-3008 (203) 325-1180 Fax (203) 325-1682 sirspeedy.com/Stamford

Joyce Van Lines is a global transportation company specializing in moving and storage, commercial warehousing, data management and office moving and relocation. Karen H. Brody, M.D., LLC
Karen H. Brody, M.D.

40 Stillwater Ave Stamford CT 06902 (203) 359-2215 Ext:13 Fax (203) 964-9219 www.nnistamford.org
Non-Profit Organization

Single source for document creation, printing, online management, scanning-archiving and distribution. Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc.
Patricia Squires

980 Post Road Darien CT 06820 (203) 655-7566 Fax (203) 655-9399 www.eatuppercrust.com

27 Frost Pond Road Stamford CT 06903 (203) 968-1302 Fax (203) 968-6345 www.graywolfconsulting.com
Business Consulting

Low to moderate income rental and home ownership. Noble Americas Corp
Elliott S. Gordon, Logistics Manager

We are “Much More than a Bagel Store.” We have Boars Head deli, Panini Grill sandwiches and more! Webster Bank
Rick Motasky, Vice President

Provides organizational training & development solutions, maximizing the human potential of an organization, approaching each opportunity with a fresh perspective on how to lead & manage effectively IP Telecom Group
Eric Blake, President

25 Fifth Street, Penthouse Stamford CT 06905 (203) 359-6777 Fax (203) 359-6355

333 Ludlow St., Suite 1230 Stamford CT 06902 (203) 324-8555 Fax (203) 324-8565
International Trade Advisors

684 Long Ridge Road Stamford CT 06902 (203) 968-1118 Fax (203) 322-0658 www.stamfordems.org
Non-Profit Emergency Medical Services

1959 Summer Street Stamford CT 06905 (203) 969-1853 Fax (203) 969-1858 www.WebsterOnline.com

Psychiatric services for children adolescents, and adults, individual and group psychotherapy, medication management, and forensic evaluations. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Cathy Lynch, Executive Director

20 Summer Street Stamford CT 06901 (203) 252-2345 Fax (203) 252-2347 iptelecomgroup.com
TelecommunicationAvaya/Altigen Dealer

Listed on the Singapore Exchange, the Hong Kong-based Nobel Group has a truly global presence, sourcing key industrial raw materials essential for economic growth and transporting them around the world. Precision Sales Systems
Peter H. Helmer, Principal

A not-for-profit charitable organization providing consistent, compassionate, quality paramedic ambulance services Stamford Iron & Steel Works
Joseph Fuss, President

Full service commercial bank- specializes in building value added relationships for consumers and businesses. We find a way. Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP
Steven M. Frederick, Partner

Providing our customers with a competitive edge by providing telecommunication solutions that meet their current and future needs. Jeffrey M. Koffler, MD

11 Belden Ave. Norwalk CT 06850 (203) 849-9800 Fax (203) 847-8060 www.marchofdimes.com
Non-Profit Organization

652 Lake Avenue Greenwich CT 06830 www.precisionsalesllc.com
Sales & Marketing

P.O. Box 2190 Stamford CT 06906-0190 (203) 324-6751 Fax (203) 324-9130
Steel Fabricators

The mission of the March of Dimes is to prevent birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth. Marrakech, Inc.

Precision Sales Systems creates and manages business development programs for small and mid-size service firms that want to grow. Prime Time Limousine, Inc.

Structural steel fabricators, ornamental and misc. iron, railings, and steel stairs. Templeton Mortgage Group
Brad Tippett

600 Summer St., 7th Fl. Stamford CT 06901-1490 (203) 327-2300 Fax (203) 967-9273 www.wrkk.com

191 Post Road W., Suite 76

Full service law firm dedicated to professional excellence and highly responsive e service to our clients. ◆ 11

Members Making News

Appointments & New Positions
Christina E. Bodine was appointed an assistant

vice president, business and client development in the Norwalk office of Fairfield County Bank.
Joseph J. Cherico joined the firm McCarter & English L.L.P., as partner. Alex V. Hernandez has joined Pullman & Comley

LLC’s White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigation section as chairman of the section and partner in the firm.
Katherine Mazzarese was appointed a human

resources generalist at Operationsinc, Stamford, a human resource consulting company.
Stephen P. Nitz was appointed vice president, financial sales
ELM Crew Leaders trained at the American Red Cross in Stamford. The attendees from left to right are Bruce Moore, Jr., Robert Carriere, Jorge Lorenzana, Jason Springer, Victor Palacios, Roberto Chuquiano, Edy Villeda, Juan Carlos Hernandez, and Angel Vidal (not pictured).

manager at Fairfield County Financial Services, the financial services group of Fairfield County Bank.

William V. Cutty Jr., executive vice president of CB Richard

the second straight year in the Top 20 of the “Top 100” quick Printers in North America survey.
Brian P. Rice, an associate in McCarter & English’s

Ellis, was elected president of the board of directors of The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
Robert J. Hopper, vice president at Choyce Peterson Inc.,

Stamford office, was named a “Star of the Year” by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.
The WorkPlace, Inc. announced that its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which helps veterans transition out of unemployment and homelessness, was awarded a $296,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

was elected president of Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Inc.
The Rev. Mary Marple Thies, co-pastor of First Presbyterian

Church, was elected chairperson of the board of directors of New Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit housing developer. The World Affairs Forum announced the election of the following individuals to its board of directors: Kempton Dunn, Joanna M.
Gwozdziowski, Hope Hageman, Kay J. Maxwell, Lori Esposito Murray, and Ennala Ramcharandas.

Brian P. Rice

The Workplace Volunteer Council (WVC) announces. their 10th annual “Back to School Clothes For Kids. Over the summer, 13 WVC member companies and their employees are volunteering to purchase new school clothes and school supplies for 45 school children in need. The member companies participating in the program are:The Advocate/Greenwich Time, The Ashforth Company, Citibank, GE, Omega Engineering, Pitney Bowes, U.S. Trust and Xerox.

Awards & Recognitions
Dee DelBello, owner of Westfair Communications and publisher of the Fairfield County Business Journal was presented the 2007 President’s Award for outstanding leadership by The Workplace, Inc.

Staff members of Eastern Land Management, Inc. became certified in first aid after completing a class at the Stamford chapter of the American Red Cross.
Nancee Gell of Security Specialists was the grand prize winner of the “I Love Barbeque Festival” in Lake Placid this past month, which included a check for $1,500 and the New York state title. Brian Grissler, President and Chief Executive officer of the

Stamford Hospital was honored by Ernst & Young L.L.P., with its 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
LandmarkPrint Inc., the leading provider of On-Demand


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Nancee Gell, grand prize winner of the “I Love Barbeque Festival” in Lake Placid.

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positive force for of the hospital. It is such to the Carl and in lower Fairfield County,the best which has been the community. a renamed Hope Dorothy Bennett thanks place My vision is Stamford Hospital. in Motion, takes that there will be as many June 3, National Cancer Center people and Cancer Survivors possible, like there’s friends and family Not only do patients and at “I am very Day. a parade coming riders as their a clinical blessed,” says Betty Conwell, feel grateful for town.” compassionate through the medical assistant at who was This year, the firsthand that care they’ve received, they have and ment a few years ago. the hospital until her retireannual Walk and seen and neighborsthousands of their friends, colleagues with uterine cancer, After Conwell was diagnosed Ride, a cycling event, will Run are willing to support her good friends come togetherand the first time. But to create part in the center’s Walk, Run and them by taking browski, Betty’s Boppers, headed by got together day when there Risom also looks forward for the Hospital Foundation’s Scottie Domto a Ride, might annual fundraiser. Stamford in the Walkregistered nurse; they have participated even a Wheelchair also be a Kiddy Walk the and in Conwell’s honor The event, Walk so commit to doing “Betty was treated for several years. “something” more people can at the Bennett Center,” says raising money for the center.and feel good about “It may help save Please see

and are so many of hen you are us there for her sometimes her doctor’s appointment diagnos ed that with cancer, in a conferenceshe has They are so quickly. You room. you learn our friend toaccommodating, we feel we owe learn about it to your disease to walk but do this for her.” Conwell is unable treatme nt. You , doctors and neighbors says, “My friends and family learn to carry support me so and learn who your well. I go and everyone on with your I hello and friends are; life. You kisses. It’sand saybe there.” give them hugsgreet fun to which ones and the bad times Nick Risom, a will help you and which ones through says, “It’s about cyclist who lives in New Canaan, our community.” are insensit icked to pitch captain (with Risom ive or too pan- team, one Lisa Zeitel) of the Marsh is coin. If you’re & Mercer of the sponsors lucky, you live of you have more that, like in a place where directions most people, he isthe event. He says friends than pulled in many to support you think and been so impressed numerous charities, but veritable strange by you learn that strength and passion Stamford Hospital and has rs will be among the of patients Center that he those eager Countless cancer participates in at the Bennett to help. to bring awareness patients have found the event “to try kind of support


Com mun ity gear s up for annu al Ben nett Can cer Cen ter bene By Ronnie Fein fit

‘Hope in Mo tion’
Dombrowski. They make us “We go with her for her chemo. feel so welcome there
This year, for the first time, the Bennett Cancer Center Walk and Run and the Ride will together as one come event under the Motion. Mary name Hope in Henwood-Klo tz, director of opment for the develStamford Hospital fundraising arm Foundation, the of Stamford Hospital, explains that “the title captures the essence of and emotional the physical components of the event and disease.” the The venue is different from previous ing from Shippan years, movto downtown Stamford, with River Park as the Mill start and end points. The Walk follow a course will through Registration begins downtown Stamford. June 3 at 7 a.m. Park. Anyone at Mill River can show up to give support cancer patients, for their families and friends, joining Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, the event’s orary chairman. There will be complimentar honand water; all y food registrants will be given a T-shirt riding jersey. There or are two bike rides: at 7:30 a.m. and 100K to start 50K at 8:30. The 5K run begins 9 a.m.; the 5K at walk begins at 10 a.m. Visit www.HopeinM otion.org.

Hundreds of people are expected for the Bennett Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, this year named Hope in Motion. Kathleen O’Rourke/Staff PIctured are participants in last year’s event. file photo

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L’ A r m o i r e in New Canaan hosted the Spring Bling cocktail party and shopping eve n t , r a i s ing $5,000 for the National Emily Peck D o w n S y n drome Society. Guests shopped Lydia Clay the newest designer of collections Spring Bling. New Canaan and L’Armoire Contributed photos March 29 to help owner Diane Anthony Brown fund Roth at the research and advocacy education, community Mayor Dannel (event co-chair), Suzanne initiatives. Brown Peters Malloy, Betsey Fred Gagliardi programs. (co-chair), Selkowitz — of Stamford and CLC has been all of Stamford Selkowitz (co-chair) and Arthur gala co-chair Alphabet Ball providing early tion raised $43,000 at its — at the CLC Carol Pote of childhood education Light the Keeper’s Gala gala. Norwalk at the More than 350 Norwalk Seaport supporters of for 105 years. CLC programs proceeds will April 13. The cut 200 attendees were ConnectiAssociation benefit. Stamford’s Childcare Attorney General children and their serves 1,500 stewardship benefit the NSA’s Richard Centers Inc. gathered Learning at FAIRFIELD COUNTY 17 community families daily field Island for historic Shef- Blumenthal and Norwalk Mayor at the Sheraton Stamford sites and Hotel March 31 vides 3,000 allergy-sens pro- developmentLighthouse and the Richard Moccia. to raise $272,000. The John M. Glover of additional e welcome your society meals itive Ball honored CLC The Alphabet 1333 prepared on-location. 653- time education programs.mari- was a title sponsor Agency news. Pictures from board member or visit www.clcstam Burk of Bob for this year’s accepted but are only an event are and Stamford ford. residentsMilford and Norwalk benefit, which featured cocktails, returned Lapine for her resident Jennifer org. dinner, entertainmen Steve DeMarco envelope. Send information with a self-addressed, stamped Urban Mulvehill, and tarist Chris t by jazz guiin and supportlong-term interest Light with photos to: Emily Schreiner of the agency’s Keeper’s Gala founders of the three of the ing to Peck, music by Deja Vuand dancNSA, received The Norwalk Seaport the new at the Inn Associa- ciation Norwalk Seaport AssoBeacon Award. Please see FAIRFIELD Among COUNTY 75 Tresser

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Balmy breezes and a spectacular sunset are enjoyed by members at the Stamford Chamber’s annual boat cruise, sponsored by Avalon at Stamford Harbor. PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES

There was beautiful weather at the Stamford Chamber’s annual Summer Social at the Stamford Yacht Club. Pictured left to right are: Peter Baenninger, of Davidoff of Geneva, John & Judy Stoddard of Albert B.Ashforth Inc., and Andrew Deery of Opus East, LLC. PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES

For over 40 years, CTE, Inc., the region’s officially-designated Community Action Agency, has been a leader in moving lowincome individuals and families in lower Fairfield County toward greater self-sufficiency and economic opportunities. Each year CTE serves over 5,000 individuals and families who reside in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien, with programs in the areas of employment and training, youth education and recreation, family development, alternative to incarceration and substance abuse treatment. CTE has been consistently committed to workforce development and to being a partner with the business community in addressing the need for competent, welltrained current and future employees. We provide computer training and job readiness for our adult customers, working with employers, particularly in the Stamford Enterprise Zone, to fit the right person with the right job. Our innovative work with youth, including our very successful Ready-to-Work Program, gives young people the skills, both academic and social, and the work experience to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. CTE has been a leader in the state and the nation in the assetbuilding field. The agency operates several Individual Development Account (IDA) Programs that help low-income families learn good financial habits, develop consistent savings practices and acquire an asset. To date, over 80 low-income families have purchased a first home, paid for

post-secondary education or capitalized a small business through CTE’s IDA Program. These successes not only benefit the participant families, but strengthen the economy and stability of the region as well. Participants in CTE’s IDA Program have, to date, saved over $172,000 of their own funds, which, matched with grant and donated funds, have resulted in ownership of over $9.2 million in assets by these families. CTE, through its President, Phil McKain, takes an active leadership role in the community,

Phillip McKain

helping to address issues ranging from affordable housing to the education gap. CTE is represented on the Board of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the Stamford Achieves Board, the Human Services Planning Council and the Connecticut Committee of the Regional Plan Association, among other organizations. CTE has been an integral part of the Greater Stamford Area community for over four decades, helping low-income individuals and families move toward increased economic stability and independence. CTE prides itself in its ability to provide quality programs that meet the needs of our customers, our business partners, and 15 the entire community. ◆

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