Upcoming Events & Seminars – Sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank


Women in Business

Monday, September 23, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098

Founders Hall Room 107


Come learn, be energized and explore the various ways women can establish a new business and gain knowledge to prosper and grow! You will learn about business plans, how to appeal to your target audience, low cost marketing techniques and the use of social media. In addition, you will learn about the relevant statistics and data on women in business, raising capital including loans and grants, determining your real profit margin. Contribute to the discussion about the common myths of what it really takes to own a business.

Lauren M. Trager

Prior to establishing Two Twelve Consultants LLC Lauren was an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY). In addition, she has taught business and finance courses at the high school level. Lauren has extensive experience in assisting women entrepreneurs and has helped develop more than 150 business plans.

Mark P. Trager

Prior to establishing Two Twelve Consultants LLC Mark held the title of Managing Director with several major financial institutions including Warburg Dillion Read, CIBC World Markets Corp., Swiss Bank Corp. and Natixis Capital Markets. Mark has extensive experience in business analysis, strategy development, staff building, cost reduction and restructure strategies.

The event is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank and Town of Winchester Economic Development Commission. Presented by the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut.

Small Business Digital Marketing-Blogging and more!

This two day seminar is for both beginners and existing bloggers.

Tuesday, October 8, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Joyner Learning Center
100 South Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098


October 8     Tuesday     5:00-7:00 PM

This seminar will focus on beginners who want to start a blog but have not taken any steps to do so yet, or for those who have set up a blog but are not sure where to go from there. It will cover topics such as Word Press, blog hosting, developing a niche and an avatar, themes and graphics, Word Press Plugins, and setting up Yoast SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Target Audience – New bloggers or existing bloggers who have a free blogging account but want to go further and monetize their blogs.

October 9    Wednesday    5:00-7:00 PM

This seminar is for existing bloggers who want to monetize their blogs and earn an income through content marketing. Topics would include how to properly use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on a post, marketing on Pinterest, E-mail list development and content marketing, affiliate marketing, networking via social media. Students enrolling in this course should have a self-hosted Word Press site. Target Audience – Existing bloggers who have or are willing to get self-hosted Word Press sites and want to grow their traffic and monetize their blogs.

Diane Ferreira is a full-time blogger, entrepreneur, and owner of Worth Beyond Rubies. After only 9 months of blogging full time, she has over 40,000 monthly page views on her blog and over 600,000 monthly viewers and 9,000,000 impressions on Pinterest, exceeding many long-time bloggers. Her blog has a worldwide reach with daily visits from countries all across the globe. Diane has been a featured blogger on many blogging sites and Is listed as #25 of the top 100 Christian Women Bloggers in the World by Feedspot, sharing the top 50 rankings with people such as Lisa TerKeurst, Ann Graham Lotz and Priscilla Shirer. She regularly does guest posts for many popular blogs and consults with companies, such as Tailwind, as they roll out new beta features. In addition to being an affiliate for many companies, she is also an Amazon Influencer. Diane is also currently working on her first book.

The event is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank and Town of Winchester Economic Development Commission. Presented by the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut.

Link to Online Business Courses


Mentoring is available from successful entrepreneurs across industry sectors, instructors with extensive entrepreneurial experience, Senior Core of Retired Executive (SCORE) Business Coaches, small business workshops and co-working spaces for entrepreneurs starting their own businesses.


Jane Williams, jwilliams@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6444


Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm


56 Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098