Real Estate University Welcomes New Students

Real Estate University Welcomes New Students

The winter term of Curso de Real Estate en Español is underway! Those already enrolled are a group of motivated learners who are ready to be immersed in a program that will give them a new career.

Classes will meet every Monday and Wednesday, from 6-10pm, for a total of 15 sessions or 60 hours. Topics of study include: Connecticut real estate law, principles and practices in real estate professional and mathematics applied to real estate.

Successful completion of all classes qualifies students to take the Connecticut state exam and obtain their real estate license. This can be done in as little as five weeks at their own pace.

Would you like to join them? The priority deadline may have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to apply for the next term! Contact Mariella Castagnet at 203-919-1154 or to discuss your options.

About Real Estate University

Real Estate University was founded by Karena Piedmont in 2015. Today, it is the most recommended school in the entire state of Connecticut, and the only one that offers classes in Spanish. Course selections include: Real Estate Principles and Practices, Broker Licensing, and Continuing Education. Whether you are new to the industry, or an established real estate professional, they have a course for you! Learn more at their profile HERE.

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.

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

WEB Realty Welcome Event

WEB Realty Welcome Event

GNHCC is proud to have Judith Dominguez as a member! She is a Spanish-speaking real estate agent at WEB Realty Company. Recently, we met at their office to say “Welcome!” and discuss our mission, vision, and new ideas for the Chamber. The space is truly beautiful, and so are the people! Thank you so much to Hector Pachas Photography for these photos! 

Join us for the next welcome event, for Italian Restaurant iL Posto, on Wednesday, May 15th from 6-8pm.


About WEB Realty Company

WEB Realty Company is a full-service real estate agency, serving Fairfield and New Haven counties. They offer brokerage, development, management, construction, and financial aspects for both commercial and residential real estate projects.  Whether you are a first time home buyer or Fortune 500 Company, WEB has the skills and experience to meet your unique needs.

WEB Realty Company, where patience and perseverance serves our client’s and customer’s best interests.

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