Connecticut: Voices of Small Business

barndoorlogoBarn Door Lighting Outfitters

Business Owner: Cathy LombardBarndoorLighting--lp

Location:  North Branford

Type of industry/service:  Sale & rental of lighting, grip equipment and supplies for film, video, photo and stage production

Number of Employees:  6

Years in business: 18

Since the very beginning, our primary goal has been…and continues to be…making it easier for production professionals to purchase and rent lighting and grip equipment and supplies from a single supplier 24 hours a day.   At Barn Door Lighting Outfitters, every customer, every project and order is important to us.  We take the time to listen and help our customers make the right decision for their needs and budget. For us, it’s all about relationships. We’d like to earn your business as well!”


ChipBecketVetLogo (2)Beckett and Associates Veterinary Services, LLC

Business Owner:
Dr. Steward “Chip” BeckettBeckett--lp

Location:  Glastonbury

Type of industry/service:  Veterinarian

Number of Employees:  13

Years in business: 30

Since we are a “mixed animal” practice, our staff may see a variety of patients ranging from small cats to horses in any given day.  The hospital is equipped to handle both farm and companion animals on an inpatient basis, as well as offering farm animal ambulatory serives and after hour’s large animal emergency calls.”


ConnecticutFoundationsCorplogoConnecticut Foundations Corporation


Business Owner:
Frank Miller

Location: Danbury

Type of industry/service: Concrete foundation contractor        

Number of Employees: 49

Years in business: 7

“Established in 1965 by William Miller, Connecticut Foundations has been serving its customers with quality foundations ever since.  Family owned and operated out of Danbury, CT, we offer both Residential and Commercial work.  From something simple to the near impossible, we have the expertise to make it happen.”


Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant


Business Owner: Paul M. Formica

Location: East Lyme

Type of industry/service: Fish market and dining

Number of Employees: 43

Years in business: 31 years

“Award winning Flanders Fish provides the freshest fish, live lobster and seafood thru our fresh fish market, full service restaurant, Cappys Bar and Grill room, and outdoor dining area.  Featured on nthe Food Network and in our 31st year serving you with an expansive catering department specializing in New England Clambakes at our place or at yours.  Our in-dining room state of the art demontration kitchen offers cooking classes, kids birthday parties and Captains Table dining where our CIA trained Chef cooks just for your group captured on camera.


Fox Laminating

FoxLaminatingBusiness Owner: Walt Congdon

Location: West Hartford

Type of industry/service: Manufacturing

Number of Employees: 15

Years in business: 37

“It wasn’t long before Fox earned its reputation for using quality materials, having high standards of workmanship and faster than standard production times. As a rapidly growing company, we quickly became a leader in our industry. Our Custom Laminated Wood Plaques proved to be a unique product which set us apart from all the rest. “



Horizon Services Corporation


Business Owner: Ted Hsu

Location: East Hartford

Type of industry/service: Janitorial and Building Maintenance    

Years in business: 22

“Horizon Services Corporation is a premier provider of janitorial, post contruction and special project cleaning services.  With 22 years of facility services expertise we have an exceptional track record for providing high quality cleaning services regardless of facility size, type or location.  Horizon has received numerous awards including Inc Magazines’ awards for fast growing urban companies in 2000-2003, US Small Business Administration Small Business Person of Year District & Regional Award 2002, CT Governor’s IC 10 entrepreneurship award, and GNEMSDC’s 2013 MBE Advocate of the Year.“


Northeast Express Transportation (NEXT)


Business Owner: Kevin Maloney

Location: Windsor Locks

Type of industry/service: Transportation             

Number of Employees: 80                                          

Years in business: 50

“Northeast Express Transportation (NEXT) is a family owned business that has been providing transportation services to the Connecticut business community since 1954, although the company’s delivery footprint now extends to most of the New England states. NEXT provides transportation services to third party logistics companies, banking institutions, pharmaceutical firms, automobile and agricultural equipment dealers as well as a variety of other industries. NEXT has been a member of the NFIB for over forty years”


Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal


Business Name: Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal

Business Owner: Michael Paine

Location: East Granby

Type of industry/service: Recycling and Rubbish Removal

Number of Employees: 76

Years in business: 85

“Since 1929, Paine’s has grown from a company servicing one town and two customers, to one that serves more than 25 towns, 70,000 residential homes and over 1,000 commerical businesses on a weekly basis.  Along the way we remain committed to providing quality and high level services and satisfaction to our customers and hold high the same values that have made our company what it is today.  Our family believes that we all have a responsibility to both our customers and our employees and this shared attitude has enable the company to expand successfully and retain even its’ orginal first two customers.”


PennyHanleyHowleyInsurancelogoPenny Hanley and Howley Inurance



Business Owner: Kristin Guglielmo

Location: Stafford Springs

Type of industry/service: Insurance       

Number of Employees: 149        

Years in business: 6

“We are an independent insurance agent located in Stafford Springs, CT since 1865.  We service a variety of insurance from Auto, Home, Business & Workers’ Compensation.  Offering over 30 carriers with competitive rates. Protecting YOU is our Job”


West State Mechanical, Inc.


Business Owner: Francis S. Delaney

Location: Torrington

Type of industry/service: Mechanical Contractor             

Number of Employees: 32

Years in business: 13

“West State Mechanical, Inc. is a mechanical contracting company in business to furnish, install and services plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, process and temperature control systems in the industrial and commercial fields.  We perform a myriad of functions for our manufacturing and industrial companies, form service and installation work on HVAC systems, boilers, chillers and other mechanical equipment to piping and installation of virtually all types of process related stystems.  We are fully licensed including State of Connecticut Major Contractor designation, bonded and insured.”

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