Emergency Resource Management has been selected as a Top Workplace in CT
(PORTLAND, CT) September 26, 2017 -- For the 5th Year in a row Emergency Resource Management of Portland, CT has been selected as a Top Workplace in CT. This year for the 1st time ERM actually placed No. 2 out of 61 companies in attendance at the Aqua Turf Thursday night. Over 1000 businesses and 45,000 employees were surveyed.  ERM also received special recognition in the category of ‘Meaningfulness’ which was important for most its employees.

"This is a tremendous honor for our company and I am extremely proud and grateful to all my employees. They are truly the best EMS professionals in CT." said Bob Ziegler, President of ERM.
Pictured are ERM employees: Matt Ziegler, Bob Ziegler, Megan Carey, and Joe Lavallee.
Pathway Lighting Announces New Vice President of Sales & Marketing
OLD SAYBROOK, CONN., August 18, 2017 -- Pathway Lighting, Inc. is proud to announce Kenton Baker as the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Kent has been working in the engineering department as the Technical Service Manager since January 2014. In this role, he worked on technical application and warranty solutions with the company’s manufacturer representatives, distributors, contractors, and engineers across the country.

Kent came to Pathway Lighting with more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience. He learned lighting and control sales, and specification work from both Sylvania and GE. After receiving an MBA from University of Rhode Island, Kent held the following positions:

• Product Manager, National Accounts Manager, and Channel Marketing Manager – Square D Company

• Director, Sales and Marketing Projects Division – Thomas & Betts

• Eastern Region Sales Manager – Philips Lighting Electronics

Kent will be responsible for sales team leadership, channel development and will be contributing to the development and implementation of Pathway’s marketing and business strategies.

Executive VP/COO Larry DeFrancesco stated, “We are very excited to welcome Kent to his new role with Pathway Lighting. Kent’s experience in managing sales teams, creating customer incentive programs and generating revenue is core to the strategic direction of Pathway. He will be focused on improving communication with and support of the sales team by coordinating and implementing a unified approach to sales and marketing.”

Pathway Lighting plans to expand their share in the marketing with innovative new products, customer-focused marketing programs and sales strategy implementation. Kent will continue to support Pathway’s commitment to customer service, as he did in his previous role.

Founded in 1990, Pathway Lighting is an innovative designer and manufacturer of specification grade LED luminaires -- from downlights to wall washers, adjustable accents to decorative pendants, and emergency to egress fixtures -- for the commercial and institutional markets in North America. Their wide range of products can support the lighting requirements of a single space or the entire project. As an independently owned lighting manufacturer, the company is able to provide responsive technical support, and welcomes their customers’ requests for fixture modifications and custom products. For more information, visit us at

Congratulations to the
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
2017 Small Business Award Winners
Business of the Year (1—30 employees)
Brothers Auto Body - Cromwell

Business of the Year ( 31 + employees)
Citizens Bank - County Wide

Business Growth & Expansion
Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort - Middlefield

Manufacturer of the Year
Whelen Engineering Company, Inc. - Chester

Minority Owned Business of the Year
Dental Health Care—Gloria F. Perry, DMD - Cromwell

Outstanding New Business Under 5 Years
Victorian Inspirations - Portland

Retail Business of the Year
A Pocketful of Posies - Middletown

Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year
The Ivoryton Playhouse - Ivoryton

Technology Business of the Year
Charles IT - Middletown

Farmington Bank Honored by Small Business Administration
Farmington Bank was named Lender of the Quarter by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office. During SBA’s fiscal third quarter, Farmington Bank had 24 SBA loan approvals, and a total of 37 loans so far this year. “Farmington Bank’s support of small businesses is an investment in our communities,” said Andreas Kapetanopoulos, senior vice president and director of small business lending at Farmington Bank. “Our lending team is focused on supporting qualified small businesses in central Connecticut and western Massachusetts,” said Kapetanopoulos. Pictured at the recent SBA award ceremony were, from left, William Tierney, SBA lender relations specialist; Julio Casiano, SBA deputy district director; Anne Hunt, SBA district director; Andreas Kapetanopoulos, Farmington Bank senior vice president and director of small business lending; Ryan Lynch, Farmington Bank vice president and small business portfolio manager; Elizabeth Hayden, Farmington Bank small business credit analyst; and John Patrick, Farmington Bank chairman, president and CEO.  Photo credit:  Farmington Bank
Connecticut Lodging Association: Connecticut Supports Small Lodging Businesses
New Haven, Connecticut – July 12,2017 –The Bed and Breakfast flat tax provision in HB 7312, was assigned Public Act number PA 17-147 and was forwarded to the Secretary of the State. On July 7, it was signed into law by Governor Malloy. This provision support small lodging businesses, by lowering the room occupancy tax for bed and breakfasts to 11%, which currently pay 15% room occupancy tax, same as hotels. 

The bill applies a uniform 11% room occupancy tax to the rent received by bed and breakfast establishments (B&Bs). It specifies that "Rent" means the consideration received for occupancy and any meals included with such occupancy received by hotels, lodging houses, and B&Bs. Under the bill, rent received by hotels and lodging houses continues to be subject to the current 15% room occupancy tax.

The Connecticut Lodging Association's Vice President and B&B Committee Chairman, Jeff Muthersbaugh applauds the State of Connecticut for its efforts. "I want to thank the Legislature for passing this very important legislation and the Governor for signing it. I especially want to thank House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz who took the time to visit a B&B to discuss this issue and others that effect our industry and then take positive action. This will help the B&B industry, our guests and tourism as a whole in Connecticut. This result shows that government and business can work together with excellent results." Jeff Muthersbaugh is the owner of the Haddam B&B, the Nehemiah Brainerd House Bed & Breakfast. 

The bill defines a B&B as a private operator-occupied house, other than a hotel or lodging house, with 12 or fewer rooms, in which people are lodged for hire and a full morning meal is included in the rent. It also specifies that "lodging house" includes furnished residences in which people are lodged for hire, thus explicitly subjecting rent received for lodging in such residences to the room occupancy tax.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017, and applicable to sales occurring on or after that date.
About Connecticut Lodging Association

Representing Hotels, Motels, B&Bs, and Tourism Related Business since 1904

The Connecticut Lodging Association plays a crucial role for all types of lodging properties by advocating for legislation, regulations, and resources that create a favorable business climate to promote a robust lodging industry within the state. CLA is a partner state association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. 

Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Names Jeff Cohen News Director of WNPR
Hartford, Connecticut – July 11, 2017 – Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) today announced it has appointed Jeff Cohen as News Director of WNPR, its network of public radio stations in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and eastern Long Island affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR). 

“Jeff has been a vital member of the WNPR team since 2010.  His comprehensive knowledge of Connecticut mixed with his fresh, thorough reporting of local, regional and national issues makes him the right person to lead WNPR’s news division into the future,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of CPBN.  “Jeff’s is a voice you can count on.” 

Cohen, 42, has been a WNPR reporter and occasional host for All Things Considered since 2010.  During his past seven years on the news staff, Cohen has reported on notable stories, including  the tragic 2012 Newtown shootings, the controversy surrounding the Hartford minor-league baseball stadium development, Hartford city politics, and health issues such as the Affordable Care Act and medical education. Cohen has recently taken part in Investigative Reporters & Editors’ training in computer-assisted and data reporting.  Many of Cohen’s reports have been featured nationally on NPR.

Prior to joining WNPR, Cohen was a reporter at the Hartford Courant and the Meriden Record-Journal and was a freelance writer for the New York Times. He’s also the author of two children’s books.

Cohen is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He and his family live in Middletown, CT.

Cohen officially started in his role as News Director on June 1. 

Technical Manufacturing Corporation Receives NADCAP AC7120 Accreditation in
Electronics for Circuit Card Assemblies for the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Durham, Connecticut – January 2017 – Technical Manufacturing Corporation, a leading supplierof contract electronics manufacturing services to the aerospace and defense industry for mission-critical, high-reliability and harsh environment applications where reliability and continued performance is critical, announced this month that it has received accreditation to the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program against the AC7120 audit criteria for electronics. Commonly known as NADCAP, the accreditation program was developed by a consortium of prime aerospace and defense contractors including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Boeing and is managed by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) through the Electronics Group to ensure that all accredited suppliers conform to a uniform set of over 450 rigorous manufacturing process requirements necessary to produce circuit card assemblies for the aerospace and defense industry.

January 13, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, CT., January 11, 2017 – Makiaris Media Services, an award-winning Connecticut-based media planning and buying service, is proud to celebrate 30 years as a leader in creating and implementing strategic, custom media plans for its clients.

To commemorate the milestone year, and in keeping with its tradition of giving back to the community, Makiaris Media will donate 30 food items per month to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, as part of a “30 for 30” drive. 

The media consulting agency will also be launching a fully re-vamped website and introducing a new logo and marketing collateral for its anniversary year.  The new website includes a more thorough description of the agency’s services, personalized photos of its management team and in-depth case studies of some of the agency’s many success stories.

Founder and CEO Irene Makiaris, a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Director, attributes the success of Makiaris Media Services to its vision and team of media professionals.

“Our management team has a combined experience of over 140 years,” Makiaris says.  “What sets us apart is our dedication and commitment – we never stop learning and armed with that knowledge and experience we are able to seize the best opportunities in traditional media as well as online, mobile and digital applications – always negotiating from a position of knowledge.”

Makiaris Media Services places millions of dollars annually in local, regional and national markets in all forms of media, enabling the agency to leverage buying power in securing the lowest rates and most added value for its clients. 

About Makiaris Media Services:  Makiaris Media Services was founded in 1987 by Irene Makiaris, one of Hartford Business Journal’s Remarkable Women in Business and also one of the first two Inductees into the Connecticut Ad Club Hall of Fame.

MMS provides comprehensive media consulting services, including research, analysis, planning, buying, placement and post-buy follow-up across all media.   The agency has proven success in broadcast, print, out-of-home, digital and mobile.  MMS has worked with clients across categories including automotive, political, retail, finance, banking, insurance, healthcare, business-to-business and more.  The agency has been awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious EFFIE award for excellence in media.  To learn more, visit, or contact John Scully at 860-854-6380, [email protected].

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