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MARLBOROUGH DAY SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 22
On Sunday August 22, 2010, the Marlborough Business Association will host the third annual community wide event - Marlborough Day. The day will feature live entertainment, including Alex Flanagan, Bob Bloom from Drumming About You, Back Beat City and The Sweetest Key. Food vendors, exhibitors from area businesses and community organizations will be featured as well. Marlborough Fire Department always delights with a great demonstration, as well as the Boy Scouts with their monkey bridge. The very successful wiffle ball tournament will again take place at the fields and volleyball pick up games will also be played. Activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Blish Park and the event will be held rain or shine with activities taking place under the pavilion.
New for 2010 will include a putting contest, a chocolate chip cookie and pie baking contest (limited to the first ten entries in each category), family races on the hour (to include three-legged race, egg toss, water balloon toss and sack races), as well as a booth contest for all participating vendors. Also this year, volleyball pick up games and tennis may be played.
Last year, over 750 people attended the event, and this year proves to be just as successful. Door prizes will be drawn every hour, and a grand prize will be drawn at the end of the day.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, there are many levels and opportunities. This is an easy, inexpensive way for you to advertise! Door prizes are always welcome, and we can facilitate pick up of items or gift certificates.
Please note that any civic, church or youth group is invited to participate as a volunteer to fill the need of community service hours. There are many projects available, including set up and break down, material distribution, and general duties for the day.
Anyone interested in sponsorship, or participating as a volunteer for all or a portion of this signature event is asked to contact Jessica Olander at 860-978-2918.
REGISTER HERE FOR MARLBOROUGH DAY
BUSINESS CLIMATE IN MARLBOROUGH FOCUS OF JULY MEETING
On Thursday, July 15, the Marlborough Business Association will hold its monthly meeting at the Marlborough Senior Center from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The focus of the evening will be the business climate in Marlborough and will feature guest speaker Joe La Bella of the Marlborough Board of Selectmen. The public is encouraged to attend and all are welcome. For further information on how to join the MBA, please visit our website at www.mba-ct.org.
MBA PRESENTS TWO RHAM STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS
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MBA President Greg Murphy
On Thursday, June 17, Wooden-it-be-Nice Furniture in South Glastonbury was the venue for the MBA Monthly meeting. Salmon River Consulting, Streamline Electric and Wooden-it-be-Nice co-hosted the evening, offering refreshments to all attendees. All co-hosts spoke briefly about their businesses, and services offered. Wooden-it-be-Nice features gently used quality furniture, a select collection of china and unusual glassware, artwork and more. Salmon River Consulting specializes in creating effective websites that range from simple brochure-style websites to fully custom database applications. Streamline Electric services both residential and light commercial repairs. Streamline performs equipment installation, service upgrades, and generator installation. Streamline Electric offers free estimates for his customers as well as twenty four hour customer service.
The MBA was proud to present Jordan Hassett and Casey Zammitti each with a $250.00 scholarship. Both students will pursue a career in business. Each year the MBA works closely with RHAM teachers and administrators to select the students and offer scholarships.
MBA President Greg Murphy of Lombardo Insurance gave an update on MBA activities, and focused on August 22nd Marlborough Day. Registration forms for booths, door prizes and sponsorships have been sent to the MBA membership, and are always available online at www.mba-ct.org. Should you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Jessica Olander at 860.978.2918.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 15th from 5:30-7:00 p.m at the Marlborough Senior Center. The “State of Doing Business in Marlborough” will be the topic and will feature several town officials to give an update on Marlborough and the business climate. The public is encouraged to attend. Any questions, please call Jessica Olander at 860.978.2918.
2010 AHM GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Board of Directors for AHM Youth and Family Services has recently announced plans for its SEVENTH ANNUAL AHM GOLF OPEN to benefit the children and families of Andover, Hebron, Columbia and Marlborough Connecticut. A committee of local business men and women and residents have joined together to organize the tournament again this year. The committee is planning a great day for the 2010 AHM Golf Open featuring a round of golf, a chance to win numerous prizes and contests, a luncheon, and awards ceremony.
The tournament will be held at Blackledge Country Club on Monday July 12, 2010, beginning at 9:00 AM. The tournament is scheduled for a “shotgun” start at 9:30 AM. An afternoon picnic will be hosted by the Armata Family from Ted’s Supermarket. Please see the flyer for participation information.
A WALK THROUGH THE GARDENS
Marlborough Arts Center is hosting a wonderful new event that will bring many new and returning customers through your doors. In conjunction with our Gallery Exhibit, a one-day-only Garden Tour on July 10th will offer people the opportunity to visit and tour private gardens in the surrounding area, as well as enjoy demonstrations of en plein air painting, see unique sculptures, water features and specimen plantings, and then tour the exhibit at the Arts Center and enjoy some light refreshments. Please see the registration form to see how your business can get involved.
MBA MEMBER CHIP BECKETT RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE
Marlborough Businsess Association (MBA) member Chip Beckett is running for state senate. He is a candidate for the 4th Senatorial district, representing the towns of Bolton, Glastonbury, Manchester and Marlborough, and is looking for your support. Please see his cover letter and donation form.
ARTISAN FRAMING HOSTS MBA MONTHLY MEETING
Denise Thompson, owner of Artisan Framing and Gallery, located on the grounds of the Shoppes at Marlborough Barn, opened her doors to host the monthly MBA member meeting. MBA President Greg Murphy thanked Denise and noted what a beautiful gallery she has. The shop specializes in framing, and also has pieces for sale. Denise will be hosting several events over the next few months, including Plein Air painters as well as a silhouette artist. For more information log onto the MBA website at www.mba-ct.org.
Chris Graves, owner of Avoca Designs, discussed marketing plans for small businesses. Today, through email and social networking sites, there are many no cost or low cost ways to get your company name out there. The most important part is to get the right message to the right audience. He provided valuable information and hand outs to the group and answered questions.
The next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 17th starting at 5:30 p.m at Wooden-it-be-Nice Furniture Consignment located in South Glastonbury.
MBA HOSTS CT TWEETCRAWL FOR APRIL MEMBER MEETING
The Marlborough Business Association (MBA) has teamed up with CT Tweet Crawl to bring you the first crawl in Marlborough. CT TweetCrawl is the happy hour with legs; changing the way people in Connecticut network, generate buzz and build business.
The Marlborough Tavern is providing us with some snacks and our own private room, so we can network, talk social media, and swap ideas.
Place: Marlborough Tavern,
3 East Hampton Road
Day: Thursday April 15th
MBA HOSTS FIRST MORNING MEETING OF 2010
The Marlborough Business Association (MBA) hosted its first morning meeting of 2010 on Thursday, March 18. The featured guest speaker was Dr. David Sklarz, Superintendent of Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall Elementary. Dr. Sklarz has always wanted to be an educator, and has made it his life's work. He has taught, held both Assistant Principal and Principal positions, and served as Superintendent of two larger school districts. “From North to South, East to West, one thing remains constant, parents wanting the best for their children when it comes to education.” He is happy to be in Marlborough, saying that everyone involved here is truly special. Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall won two awards last year, Outstanding Elementary School of the Year, as well as the School Climate Award, proving this is a unique learning environment. He noted that the past year has been challenging, with difficult economic times, and he thanked the MBA for having this meeting to help him get the message “we are all in this together,” to the public. He has proposed a 0% budget increase for this year, and noted he looks forward to the continued relationship between the MBA and the school.
Also in attendance were Becky Granatini, Chari Norton and Lisa Seethaler, founders of the Marlborough Education Foundation (MEF), a group of Marlborough residents who saw the potential of the school, administrators, teachers, and students to expand the learning experience. MEF will be a separate entity, and will allow teachers to apply for mini grants, run programs, such as Talents on Tap to enhance the curriculum and to tap vital resources from the community and connect them with curriculum through a Marlborough Education Foundation liaison. On April 29th, they will be hosting a kick-off meeting of the Foundation at 7:00 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Library. For further information, or to see how you can become involved, please contact Becky Granatini at email@example.com.
Just a reminder that the Marlborough Food Bank is is need of pancake mix, syrup, spaghetti sauce, crackers, personal care items, dog and cat food and much more. Monetary donations are always welcome, and if you have any questions, please call 860.295.6008.
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MBA CONTINUES COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR
On Thursday, February 18, the MBA will host its monthly member meeting beginning
at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by AHM Youth and Family Services, and is
being held at their facility located at 25 Pendelton Drive in Hebron. All
Marlborough community civic and service organizations are invited to share their
calendars, needs and contact information for 2010. Also on hand will be Bill
Chapman, RHAM Education Foundation President and Bob Siminski RHAM
Superintendent. They will speak to the group about who they are as an
organization and how to better meet the community's needs. AHM will also address
the group and provide attendees with upcoming events and a review of their
programs and services. “The MBA has the ability to reach out to several
organizations at once and provide a round table so that we may better serve our
community. This is an excellent venue for all civic and social organizations to
provide their calendars, and contact information to the MBA so that we may
utilize it for the year 2010”, says MBA President Greg Murphy of Lombardo
Insurance. The MBA can post needed items, wanted positions and special events to
its website, adding another outlet for groups to connect during this tough
economic time. Members of the community are invited to attend as well. There is
no charge to attend, and light refreshments will be provided by the host, AHM
Youth and Family Services.
RESIDENT TROOPERS SPEAK TO
MBA MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY
It was a full house at Bodyworks Fitness Center
January 21st as over 55 attendees came to hear
Marlborough Resident Troopers Mark Packer and
Craig Fox discussed the break-ins that have been
occurring in town. Bodyworks Fitness Center
Owner Janice Flanagan hosted the evening
providing the venue and refreshments for all.
She is offering great classes and deals through
the month of January, including a ZumbaThon to
which she will donate all proceeds to Multiple
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COMMUNITY CAROL SING
DRAWS A LARGE
CROWD OF HOLIDAY WELL WISHERS
It was cold outside, but warm inside the Marlborough Congregational Church, as
over 60 attendees came to the Community Carol Sing on Sunday, December 6. The
Marlborough Business Association (MBA) and the Marlborough Congregational Church
co-hosted the event that included children's activities, carols and
refreshments. Santa paid the audience a visit, listened to each child's request,
and handed out candy canes. It was a wonderful photo opportunity for children
and adults alike.
Another feature of the evening was two singing groups, called the MccMusic
Program. This is a relatively new program to the church, and is a wonderful
opportunity for children to learn the rudiments of singing and music. The
highlight of the evening was the Congregational Church Puppet Troupe that
performed several songs and skits with masterful puppetry. All enjoyed the show.
Thank you to the Marlborough Arts Center, and several members of the Marlborough
Business Association who provided delicious refreshments for the crowd. Cookies,
pumpkin bread and mini pastries were among the offerings, as well as hot cocoa
and apple cider.
This evening was a wonderful opportunity to join together as a community and
celebrate the holiday season. This was s a non-denominational event, and all are
invited to participate next year the first Sunday of December. We look forward
to seeing you!
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MBA SPONSORS FOURTH
On Thursday, December 17,
the MBA will host its fourth educational seminar of 2009. Rachel Pianka of
Salmon River Consulting will be our guest speaker and will focus on “Your
Healthy Website, is your website working for you?” Rachel will include a
checklist for participants and demonstrate new and innovative ways to market
your business easily and inexpensively through the web, and services such as
LinkedIn, FaceBook and Twitter. Salmon River Consulting and Marlborough Health
Care Center will host the evening.
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ANNUAL COMMUNITY CAROL
December 6 the Marlborough Business Association (MBA) and the Marlborough
Congregational Church will once again host the Community Carol Sing at the
Church. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature refreshments courtesy of
the MBA, a photo opportunity with Santa, the Puppet Troupe & MccMusic Program.
evening is a wonderful opportunity to join together as a community and celebrate
the holiday season. This is a non-denominational event, and all are invited to
participate. Last year over 45 attendees came and enjoyed a puppet show by the
Congregational Church Puppet Troupe, carols and cider and other refreshments
including cookies, brownies, dips and chips. Santa always drops by to take
pictures and to hand out candy canes.
further information, or to bring a refreshment to share, please contact Jessica
Olander at 860.978.2918.
LIBRARY HOSTS MBA MONTHLY MEETING
Thursday, October 15 several MBA members, guests and new members
attended the monthly meeting, focused on taking advantage of all
the MBA has to offer. MBA President Donna Finocchiaro of
Organized East of the River, began the meeting by thanking Nancy
Wood, Library Director, for hosting the group. Nancy updated the
audience on upcoming projects and happenings at the Library. The
library is cutting costs by now emailing late notices, and the
library just received a STEEP grant of $250,000 to complete a 2nd
floor project. The RML Friends Committee is also getting ready
for their 25 Days of Holiday Cheer a Silent Auction which takes
place from November 9 through December 9. This is a great
opportunity to donate items or services, with over 1,000 people
coming through the doors to view items. Donations are being
accepted from now until November 2, please contact Nancy Wood at
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, and if
you are interested in donating.
highlighted the activities and accomplishments of the MBA,
noting that its Board is very active, and its members are
supportive. The group continues to meet on a monthly basis,
providing members the opportunity to network and discuss issues
affecting local businesses. This year, a four part educational
series was introduced, focusing on “Your Healthy Business.”
Topics included a legal checkup, legislative issues, and
insurance needs, with the fourth seminar in December focusing on
making your website work for you, alternative marketing
options. The MBA has maintained an open line of communication
with the boards in town, especially the Economic Development
Committee and continues to have a strong voice. The MBA hosted
the 2nd Annual Marlborough Day, a community wide
event which was a great success, as well as the Community Carol
Sing, collecting items for the Food Bank, and various other
events that the MBA feels strongly about to give back to the
reminded everyone to take advantage of utilizing the MBA website
for business announcements and ads. She then opened up the
meeting to all in attendance and asked people to give their
reasons for joining, continuing their membership, and getting
others involved. From comments of “increased connections”,
“people here are passionate and real”, “easy to feel like you
belong, comfortable”, “able to talk to peers to get advice”,
“great resources”, “high trust factor”, “small intimate
networking”, “website was beneficial”, “you are a more informed
business owner because of the connections the MBA has with the
town”, everyone in attendance had something to add to this
next meeting will be the MBA Annual Meeting taking place in
November. More details will be emailed to all members.
DAY 2009 PHOTO ALBUM
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view the Marlborough Day Photo Album. Take a look to see the
great activities and to review your visit with our member
businesses. Look for another great day coming in 2010!
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Member of the Month
On any given day you can find Brad Korth knee deep in water,
studying the landscape and surveying the damage. And then, he
uses his knowledge of septic and water systems, and winds up
saving the homeowners thousands of dollars.
Or you may find him sharing his knowledge as an adjunct faculty
professor at Post University in Waterbury, enjoying the time he
spends with his students.
Or he is speaking to a group about hazardous chemicals in the
home and workplace environments, saving them from potential
Whatever he is doing, Brad Korth thinks outside the box and that
has gained him the respect and referrals of many clients and
Brad earned his Bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from
the University of Kansas in 1982. He worked in the oil industry
for several years, and then for Pratt and Whitney where he
worked in environmental compliance. Brad holds Masters Degrees
in both environmental engineering and business/environmental
In addition to designing septic systems, Brad spends half of his
time making sure customers and clients are aware and compliant
with hazardous waste regulations. He enjoys his work, and still
finds time to be an active member of the Marlborough Business
For more information, or to contact Brad, please call
860.989.2800 or visit him online at
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