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Another Successful CHILD ID Event!

In Child ID Program, Community Events, Support Local Business! on February 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

 

New York Life brought our free CHILD ID program to the “Show of Dreams” this past weekend!  The event was a blast; kiddos got to meet Joey Logano and the New England Patriot Cheerleaders.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the show, and to the vendors, other exhibitors, and especially Frank & the “Dream Team!”

To learn more about New York Life’s FREE Child ID program, please click here!

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Order a Singing Valentine for your Sweetheart!

In Community Events, East Hampton, Holiday, music, Support Local Business! on January 28, 2011 at 1:53 am

 What a fabulous idea….

Let’s all support the Sound of New England Chorus this Valentine’s Day!

Let a quartet from the Sound of New England Chorus show someone special that you’re thinking of them on Valentine’s Day. Quartets travel to offices, homes, schools, restaurants and hospitals to deliver your message in 4-part female a cappella harmony.

Call to schedule your singing telegram to be delivered live and in person throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts or we’ll call your sweetie over the phone for a phone telegram!

Monday, February 14th, 9:00am – 9:00pm

$35 for two songs, a personalized card, and an adorable teddy bear. Or, send one song by phone anywhere in the U.S. for $20.

New York Life Child ID Program @ 2011 FM Auto Show!

In Child ID Program, Community Events, New York Life, Support Local Business! on January 27, 2011 at 7:06 am

This weekend, January 29 & 30th:

Local Connecticut New York Life Agents will be bringing our CHILD ID program to the Frank Maratta Auto Show!

Some of the show’s features:

MEET JOEY LOGANO!
Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano Autograph Session

Sunday January 30th
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Meet Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Home Depot Toyota

Camry in the Nascar Sprint Cup series for Joe Gibbs Racing at this year’s 52nd Annual Frank Maratta’s Auto & Cycle Show.

Live Airbrushing with Alan Pastrana
Sponsored By: Auto Air Colors
Meet the world renowned artist and view works of art that will blow your mind.

All Weekend Long!
Come see world renowned Airbrush Artist Alan Pastrana and the legendary, “Hip Hop Bike” featured both in “Easyriders” and on the cover of “Airbrush Action” magazine. Pastrana Unlimited will be doing live airbrushing demos all weekend long and showcasing the most amazing, mind blowing, works of art on custom motorcycles. Also featured are custom builds by Evolution Cycles and Vindicator Cycles. Stop by and say hi, we love to talk you about your next paint job.

For more information on Alan Pastrana and his custom artwork, visit his website at www.pastranaunlimited.com.

For more information on admission, times, videos from past shows, and features please visit the FM AUTO SHOW’S website here.

Protecting Assets During Challenging Business Times

In New York Life, Professional Advice, Support Local Business!, Why you need life insurance on January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Small businesses are the engine of the economy, and when the economy sputters they often feel it first. In the current climate of uncertainty, many small businesses have cut expenses to the bone and tried to make their operations as lean and efficient as possible.

But even if a small business owner can’t control the marketplace, he or she can take steps to protect their key assets: the people the business relies upon.

Details Matter To Customers

A recession tests customer loyalty, as people cut back on spending and carefully weigh their options for even necessary purchases. For businesses that are strapped themselves, it may be easy to let attention to the details of customer service slip. But this is the time that details matter most, whether it’s taking the trouble to send a holiday note to your mailing list or offering special deals to prize patrons. The key to their loyalty is to let them know they matter to you.

Appreciate Your Employees

Of course, you want your employees to know they’re important, too. You need their knowledge and experience to navigate the uncertain times. The recession might mean sacrifices for everyone, but it is also a time to make sure valued workers know how much they are appreciated. Even small gestures, like movie tickets or a night at a local restaurant, can keep morale steady.

Supplement Benefits, Not Costs

You may want to consider “beefing up” your employee benefits package. A “Voluntary Payroll Deduction” (VPD) program is one of the most popular ways employees can purchase additional, personally-owned buy life insurance. A VPD program can usually be set up using your existing procedures for payroll deduction. A life insurance agent would then meet individually with each employee to explain the benefits of life insurance and the ease with which it can be purchased. All products purchased through VPD are employee-owned and paid for, with no direct out-of-pocket cost to you except the cost of administration. The VPD offerings can be a smart way to supplement your overall benefits package, without draining your budget.

Note: Employee participation in a payroll deduction insurance program is completely voluntary. Since this program is not intended to be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), employers cannot contribute to, or endorse, this program.

Protect Yourself

As the owner of a business, you are the most important piece of the puzzle. And especially during difficult times, it is important to think about how the business would function without you. One thing that can provide a greater sense of security is a comprehensive life insurance policy. It can be tailored to fit your needs and ensure that those who rely on you every day would be provided for.

So when you think about protecting your assets in this economy, consider your human assets first.

This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Jenilee Wirtz. For additional information on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact Jenilee Wirtz at jfwirtz@ft.newyorklife.com.

Attracting and Retaining Excellent Employees

In New York Life, Professional Advice, Support Local Business! on January 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Winning over employees, keeping morale high, and building company loyalty are as important to your business’s success as a healthy balance sheet. Sure, you’ve hired good people, but how do you keep them happy and productive? A competitive salary is a good place to start, but that’s just one element in an attractive package.

 Recent studies show that a key concern of employees is finding the right balance between their life at the workplace and their life at home. In addition, employees are looking toward their employers for help in managing their basic needs, such as adequate health care coverage, life insurance, and putting something aside for the future.

Management must respond to workers’ needs while carefully containing the cost of funding these programs. In recent years, many cutting-edge companies have experimented with creative new personnel ideas. A wide range of programs, from “telecommuting” to “voluntary payroll deduction,” have been designed to enhance employee quality of life while boosting company productivity.

Innovative Attendance

For some businesses, the 9 to 5 grind is a thing of the past. Depending on the nature of the business, it may not be necessary for every employee to work strictly a 9 to 5 schedule. “Flextime” allows employees to select their own starting time (within a range of hours, say, 7AM – 9AM), and then leave work eight hours after their starting time. With two working parents as a norm, “telecommuting,” has become a way for companies to keep valuable employees who otherwise may leave their job. This work-at-home arrangement uses the technology of laptops, fax machines, and e-mail to make working outside the office easier than ever.

Supplement Benefits, Not Costs

In the past decade, “Voluntary Payroll Deduction” (VPD) programs have emerged as a convenient way of supplementing the range of benefits provided to employees. It’s rapidly become one of the most popular ways to buy life insurance, and it’s at home in businesses as diverse as Wall Street law firms and Main Street small businesses. A VPD program can usually be set up using your existing procedures for payroll deduction. A life insurance agent would then meet individually with each employee to explain the benefits of life insurance and the ease with which it can be purchased. All products purchased through VPD are employee-owned and paid for, with no direct out-of-pocket cost to you except the cost of administration. The VPD offerings can be a smart way to supplement your overall benefits package, without draining your budget.

Why Employees Like VPD

Most people agree that adequate life insurance coverage is a necessity; however, many employees rely heavily on their group plan, and don’t purchase it on their own. A VPD program affords employees the opportunity to get the coverage they need in a relatively painless fashion. Because the policy is being offered to many employees, premium rates are generally quite competitive. Since employees own their policy, it’s portable — they can take it with them if they leave the company. If they choose permanent life insurance, along with vital insurance protection, the policy accumulates guaranteed* cash values.

 Attracting the Best and the Brightest

As the pool of qualified employees shrinks, employers must go “beyond the nine dots” to attract and retain talented people. Companies perceived as employers of choice are successful largely due to the superiority of their personnel policies and the range of choices they offer their employees. If a VPD program sounds right for your employees and your firm, you’ll want to choose a top-notch insurance company to serve as the provider.

 Note: Employee participation in a payroll deduction insurance program is completely voluntary. Since this program is not intended to be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), employers cannot contribute to, or endorse, this program.

*Guarantees are dependent on the claim-paying ability of the issuing company.

 

This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Jenilee Wirtz, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Jenilee Wirtz at jfwirtz@ft.newyorklife.com.

Tonight’s Meal To Go!

In Community Events, East Hampton, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on January 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Don’t forget to have Angelico’s Lakehouse prepare your family’s Tuesday night dinner!  Make sure you order by noon today!

Friend them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter @ANGELICOSlake

Tuesday Dinners To-Go

In East Hampton, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on January 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

 

Don’t forget to have Angelico’s Lakehouse prepare your family’s Tuesday night dinner!  Make sure you order by noon on Tuesday!

Don’t forget to friend them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter @ANGELICOSlake

 

 

 

Social Media with Carolyn & Jenilee

In Community Events, Support Local Business! on January 4, 2011 at 4:45 am

Join us on Wednesday, January 5th at 2 PM for a meeting of the minds…

Learn how to grow your business using FREE sites.  This week, we’ll be exploring LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  We’ll go over some of the ins & outs of each site, how/when to use them, and what to share on them.  This is also a great networking opportunity for those who are interested!

Bring your laptop, a notepad, and an open mind…See you there!

Please email jenilee.wirtz@gmail.com if you have any further questions.

Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4..only $19.99

In Community Events, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on December 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Angelico’s Lakehouse in East Hampton, Angelico’s on the Boulevard in Glastonbury, and Angelico’s of New Britain are offering great deals on Tuesday nights, I had to share! 

$19.99 Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4!!!

  • Includes Chef prepared salad
  • Chicken Parmigiana over penne pasta 
  • 6 warm dinner rolls

The meal is packed hot and ready to-go!   Angelico’s is featuring a different dinner each week…yum.  Give yourself a break tonight and let Angelico’s do the cooking for your family. Simply order yours by Noon on Tuesday at the Angelico’s Restaurant nearest you and let us do the work!

Remember, a different meal each week….let Angelico’s cook for you every Tuesday for less than $5 a person!

Call now! Lakehouse: 860-267-1276, Boulevard:  860-659-9300 , New Britain: 860-224-3811