Upcoming Events & Seminars – Sponsored by Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation


Pro Tips for Blogging and WordPress Site Design

Wednesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 25th, 6:00-7:30 PM


Pro Tips for Blogging and WordPress Site Design will focus on teaching bloggers the next steps for their websites; whether they are beginners who need to move forward, or more experienced bloggers ready to monetize and earn an income. Topics will include: How to properly set up a theme; the use of plugins; using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on a post; and the use of WordPress.

This will be a working session. Participants must have a self-hosted WordPress site with a domain name, which is ready to use. Sites must be hosted through a hosting company such as Name Hero or Siteground: Free WordPress sites will not be adequate for this workshop. Participants can have a blog post written that will be used in class to enter into WordPress.

Prerequisite – Self Hosted WordPress Domain Name purchased. If you need help choosing a host contact Diane Ferreira at diane@worthbeyondrubies.com SEATING IS LIMITED



Diane Ferreira is a full-time blogger, entrepreneur, and owner of Worth Beyond Rubies, Hot Flashy Faith, and Faithful CEOs. Her blog has a worldwide reach with daily visits from countries across the globe. Diane has been a featured blogger on many blogging sites and is listed as #17 of the top 100 Christian Women Bloggers in the World by Feedspot. Ferreira also does guest posts for many blogs and has consulted with companies, such as Tailwind, on rolling out new beta features. In addition to being an affiliate for many companies, she is also an Amazon Influencer.

Startup and Small Business Helpdesk

Monday, April 5, 2021, 6:00-8:00 PM


Join us for an interactive panel discussion with experienced startups as they share their knowledge and first-hand experience with market research and access to capital. Learn about investigating industry trends, sizing up competitors, creating an ideal customer profile, and choosing the right research methods for your business venture. We will explore sources of capital including traditional loans, MA and CT government programs, and specialized financing options.

Guest Panelists Include: Hope Ross Gibaldi – Founder of Learn In Motion and Community Engagement Manager at Valley Venture Mentors, Heather Johnson, MBA – COO of Gozynta, LLC, Antwaine Debnam – Founder of TripeTote and Co-Founder at Capri Media Company,Robert Torres – Managing Partner at 302 Interactive 



Our Moderator, John Fiorello, is an adjunct business development instructor for Northwestern CT Community College and startup mentor for early-stage startups in the region, serving for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of RecordME.co, a startup changing the way music and other content is delivered to fans. With a background in music, touring, production, and recording, he previously co-founded The John Samuel Group, L3C with his wife, Karie.


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

Growing your business during COVID-19 virtual seminar.



Growing your business during COVID-19 slide deck.