Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

July’s Breakfast Before Business was the most delicious to date! Our host was Avenida Venezuelan Food, a fast casual restaurant serving traditional Venezuelan food for breakfast and lunch. It also happened to fall on the day, one year ago, when the restaurant first opened its doors. We were honored to be included in the celebration.

About Breakfast Before Business

Breakfast Before Business is all about breaking out of your regular routine. Rather than starting your day alone at a computer, you could start it mixing and mingling with GNHCC members and friends. We guarantee that you’ll leave with a boost of inspiration and energy to put toward achieving your dreams!

This is not a members-only event and there is not cost to attend. We welcome all business owners and professionals serving the Greater Norwalk area.

Breakfast Before Business will return in the fall. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

 

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

Happy Birthday, La Calle Arepas Bar! Thank you for throwing a delicious, lively, and inspiring celebration!

One year ago, Javier Eastman acted on his dream, opening a cool and casual restaurant that serves the everyday food of his hometown, El Vigia, Venezuela. He wears his love for Venezuela on his sleeve, and translates it to the plate. La Calle uses only the most authentic ingredients: masarepa flour, plantains, and Venezuelan sodas, to name a few; and all dessert recipes come from Javier’s mother. The restaurant values family and treats customers like family.

We are so proud to have Javier as a GNHCC member, representing La Calle and his two other businesses, Avenida Venezuelan Food and Causality Tattoo Company.

Katia Garcon Honored with 40 Under 40 Award

Katia Garcon Honored with 40 Under 40 Award

On June 11th, Norwalk’s LaKota Oaks hosted an array of bright young talent from the corporate, nonprofit, government, education and medical worlds with the presentation of the Fairfield County Business Journal’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty awards.

Among this year’s recipients is GNHCC Board member Katia Garcon.

This year’s event included a new minimalist twist: the honorees were asked to describe themselves in speeches consisting only of three words. Katia provoked applause with her sassy three-word announcement:

 “Boss ladies rule.” – Katia Garcon

 

About Katia

Katia is the owner of House of Katia, Norwalk’s very own world-class personal styling boutique. She is passionate about helping her clients live their best life now, and dress their best always. Through her business, she offers a variety of services including unique personal styling, vacation wardrobe styling, custom jewelry design and more.

With her ability to consciously and accurately assess her client’s needs, Katia carefully curates the perfect balance of clothing, jewelry and accessories for every client she works with. She has more than a decade of professional experience and style industry expertise, and is a certified appraiser through the American Appraisers Association.

Katia is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America where she earned her GG (Graduate Gemologist) and JDT (Jewelry Design Technology) degrees. She also holds a Master of Arts in Business Administration from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Connecticut.

“Business After Hours” June

“Business After Hours” June

In June, the theme of our Business After Hours was LGBTQ Pride. The GNHCC is a community of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly business owners and professionals. We were joined by special guest Stephanie Ramos, who shared about her business, Ramos Law, PC, an immigration law practice providing high quality, client- centered, immigration legal services globally. Stephanie focuses her practice on providing services tailored to the LGBT community. She is well versed in the particular challenges and opportunities of LGBT families navigating the immigration process.

Learn more about Ramos Law here.

If you didn’t make it this time, please join us for the next event on Thursday, July 18th, from 6-8pm.

 

About Business After Hours

GNHCC “Business After Hours” is your opportunity to meet Hispanic business owners and entrepreneurs, and others interested in reaching Hispanic and multicultural audiences, while unwinding after a long workday. By exchanging ideas and experiences, we can support each other in facing the challenges that are inherently part of paving our own way in business.

“Business After Hours” takes place at Saltwater Restaurant on the Third Thursday of every month. This is not a “members-only” event and there is no cost to attend. Complementary appetizers are served on a first come first serve basis, and then attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.

PS: If happy hour isn’t your thing, join us for  “Business Before Breakfast,” the networking event for early birds on Tuesday, July 2nd, from 7:30-9am.

 

 

Rene Soto Honored with CT Arts Hero Award

Rene Soto Honored with CT Arts Hero Award

To honor and celebrate individuals who are doing extraordinary things in, for and through the arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) established the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards in 2016.

This year, nine artists were honored with this prestigious award, including GNHCC board member Rene Soto. The awards were presented as part of COA’s annual Connecticut Arts Day, an annual event designed to inform, inspire and celebrate Connecticut’s investment in the arts.

All Connecticut Arts Heroes were presented with a framed print of the original art — Small State, Big Heart, Great Art —which was created by Hartford Prints! for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. See Rene posing with his print in the image gallery below.

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

– Maya Angelou

“Business After Hours” April

“Business After Hours” April

Our April “Business After Hours” followed a speed networking format, which pushed attendees to introduce themselves to someone new. It’s been wonderful to see the same faces come back time and again — a testament to how fun GNHCC networking events are! See photos below.

If you didn’t make it this time, please join us for the next event on Thursday, May 23rd, from 5:30-7:30pm.

 

About Business After Hours

GNHCC “Business After Hours” is your opportunity to meet Hispanic business owners and entrepreneurs, and others interested in reaching Hispanic and multicultural audiences, while unwinding after a long workday. By exchanging ideas and experiences, we can support each other in facing the challenges that are inherently part of paving our own way in business.

“Business After Hours” takes place at Saltwater Restaurant on the Third Thursday of every month. This is not a “members-only” event and there is no cost to attend, but RSVP is encouraged. Complementary appetizers are served on a first come first serve basis, and then attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.

PS: If happy hour isn’t your thing, join us for  “Business Before Breakfast, the networking event for early birds on Tuesday, May 7th, from 7:30-9am.

 

 

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