Marlborough, Connecticut 06447

Marlborough Business After Hours

January 29, 2008

Marlborough business leaders gathered at Bodyworks Fitness Center on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 for a Business After Hours evening. Over 35 representatives of area businesses and guests were present to spend an evening exchanging ideas, renewing business relationships, and discussing issues that impact the business community in Marlborough. Sponsored by the Marlborough Business Association, area businesses come together for informal, casual, evenings of networking and friendship several times each year.

The evening was co-hosted by Jan Flanigan of Bodyworks Fitness Center, Ann Adams of Your Financial Organizer, and Gil Thompson of Gilpages Web Design. As customers exercised on treadmills and stationary bicycles in the fitness center, MBA members and guests gathered in conversational groups, breaking off only to hear from our speakers.

Special guest Samantha Schadtle of RHAM High School spoke to the membership. RHAM sponsors a Career day which MBA members participate in. This is an opportunity for RHAM Sophomores and Juniors to learn more about business and entrepreneurship within their own communities.

Jennifer Barone of Sovereign Bank spoke briefly on behalf of the Marlborough Elementary School’s 22nd Annual Family Bingo Night sponsored by the Marlborough PTO. This major fundraiser for the school provides for services, educational materials, and programs for students in preschool through 6th grade. It is also an opportunity for our business members to purchase inexpensive advertising space in their Bingo Program and an excellent way to reach our local customers.

Taking advantage of our setting in the Bodyworks Fitness Center, Mary Ellen Dombrowski, Executive Director of the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, presented the “Living Well in Glastonbury” program. The MBA is putting together a team led by MBA president Donna Finocchiaro to participate in this series of health and fitness seminars and activities. The team members will be tracking their meal choices, time doing cardio exercises, and participating in education on healthier living.

The MBA is pleased to welcome Christopher Graves and Bethany Hartshorn of Avoca Designs, LLC, a full service graphic design & printing business. Coming to Marlborough from Los Angeles, California, Chris and Bethany took the opportunity to meet the MBA membership and explain a little about their business.

Special thanks for donations of door prizes to Bev and Mark Taylor of the Taylor’d Touch, Craig Robinson of It’s So Ranunculus Flower Shoppe, Jan Flanigan of Bodyworks Fitness Center, and Country Roads package store. The Marlborough Tavern donated both a fresh fruit and a vegetable platter in recognition of our health theme this evening. Ann Adams of Your Financial Organize donated the paper goods, and Gil Thompson of Gilpages Web Design provided video images of scenic Marlborough.

Our next featured Member of the Month will be Koreen Ryan of Ryan Mortgage. Well written articles prepared by Barbara Meyers and Sheri Dursin of Spectrum Writing Services are featured on the MBA web site. The articles highlight the businessperson, their business and products. At each monthly meeting a business in attendance is selected in a drawing to be featured the following month.

Marlborough area businesses are invited to join the Marlborough Business Association. This is an excellent venue to present yourself to the community at large, fellow business owners, to add your voice to community organizations and to our local government. Visit the MBA web site at for more information.

Gil Thompson
MBA Board Member
(860) 295-0734

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