Granby Education Foundation Gets $2,500 Grant from GoodWorks Insurance

GoodWorks Insurance recently gave a $2,500 GoodWorks Community Grant to the Granby Education Foundation (GEF). Based in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is a regional independent insurance agency with other Connecticut offices in New Milford, Avon and Columbia.   “The people at GoodWorks Insurance are truly committed to Granby and to furthering the vital mission of our foundation,” said Kristina Gilton, Chair of the GEF’s annual Gran-Bee.
Since its founding in 2000, GEF has raised more than $700,000 in cash and pledges in support of education. In addition to building the Salmon Brook Ecology Center, creating an Arts Endowment, and funding both the Global Learning Academy and the Summer Drama Academy, the GEF awards several community grants each year.
Uniquely, GoodWorks Insurance gives 50 percent of its operating profits to local charities. GoodWorks Community Grants go to nonprofits that support education, healthcare, public safety and community development.
“Our grants are made possible by the families and businesses in the Granby area who purchase their insurance from us,” said Curt Johnson, senior vice president at GoodWorks Insurance and a West Granby resident. “Thanks to our customers, we can reinvest more in communities like Granby every year.”
The Granby Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that operates separately from the Granby school system. Its mission is to enhance educational opportunities for all of Granby’s citizens by funding educational and community initiatives of merit. GEF’s financial supporters include individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations. More information is online at
GoodWorks Insurance also has Massachusetts offices in Great Barrington and Worcester. More info is online at

Margaret Wilcox & Associates Named #4 in CT REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

GLASTONBURY, CT (July 2016) – Margaret Wilcox & Associates of William Raveis Real Estate in Glastonbury, CT was named # 4 in CT for Transactions Sold in 2015, making her Team one of America’s most productive as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.
REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,000 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2015. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States.
To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2015. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.
“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed fewer than eight transactions in 2015 and had less than $1.5 million in sales,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends’ America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends. “To say that Margaret Wilcox & Associates is an exceptional sales professional is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”
“I am obviously pleased and honored to be ranked on this ranking of the country’s top residential real estate agents,” said Margaret Wilcox. “It represents the time and effort that we put into each client that we serve. The level of sales it takes to qualify makes it a truly special recognition.” Margaret Wilcox may be reached at the Glastonbury Office at 860-916-3517.

REAL Trends is a Castle Pines, Colorado-based real estate publishing and consulting firm that offers a wide range of research and advisory services to the residential real estate industry. Recognized as the leading source of trends in the industry, REAL Trends also publishes the REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal and the REAL Trends 500, which ranks the top brokerage firms in the United States.
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Blumendrantz Releases New Book

Oxford University Press just released David G. Blumenkrantz’s new book: “Coming of Age the RITE Way: Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage”. David is a member of our chamber and a resident of Glastonbury.

Coming of Age the RITE Way addresses the fundamental question facing parents, schools and communities: how do we raise our children to be resilient, self-reliant, capable adults with compassion that is manifested in civic engagement for social justice? Combining fifty years of scholarship and practice Dr. Blumenkrantz explores the absence of community-oriented rites of passage in contemporary society. The text sets forth guiding principles and clear methods for putting into practice a whole systems approach to youth development through rites of passage. Additionally, the author provides extensive narratives and case studies to illustrate how a framework of rites of passage is used to (a) weave a common language throughout the community, (b) link techniques for youth development with prevention, identification, intervention, and treatment, thereby integrating all education and youth development programs and strengthening the fabric of community support.

Advance praise for this book noted that it’s unique blend of scholarship and practice provides and invaluable resource for educators, social workers, youth development specialists, youth workers and parents.

“This groundbreaking book provides profound and practical community strategies for promoting the positive development of youth. It is a must read for educators, human service providers, and policy makers who aspire to improve community institutions that successfully raise knowledgeable, responsible, caring, contributing youth on their way to happier, more fulfilling lives.”

Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, University/LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago and Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

“David Blumenkrantz offers a compelling—sometimes provocative—vision of rites of passage as a powerful yet neglected responsibility, resource, and focus for community and youth development. He weaves together his practical experience working in communities with stories and insights from many divergent sources to offer an integrative vision of rites of passes that transmit values, ethics, skills, and commitments from generation to generation.

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, PhD, Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“In beautiful and often lyrical language, this book is a gift to all facing the challenge of preparing young people for the rewards of safe passage toward a fruitful life as adults. A welcome contrast to the often arcane and distancing language of social science that only other scholars might understand and embrace. This is a must read by anyone – especially parents, teachers, and counselors.”

Lee Ann Hoff, PhD, author of People in Crisis: Interdisciplinary and Diversity Perspectives, 7th. Edition, and related titles on crisis and violence issues

“Coming of Age the Rite Way is a thought provoking and a healing manual that addresses some of the fundamental ills of the world today: In presenting rite of passage and community development as inseparable, the book reveals the profound wisdom that highlights how focusing in our youth is focusing in our communities. This book comes at the right time as a gift to parents and communities everywhere concerned about the future of their youth and longing for tools to fertilize their imagination. This book is a generous contribution to modern consciousness challenged by the decay of human creativity and imagination.”

Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD, West African Elder, teacher, and author of Ritual: Power, Healing and Community and Of Water and the Spirit:  Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman


David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D., Ed.M., LADC is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Youth & Community, Inc. in Glastonbury Connecticut. He is the co-designer of the exemplary youth and community development model: the Rite Of Passage Experience© ROPE®. This book and associated public education materials and projects of the Center are funded, in part, by the Norma and Natale Sestoro Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Additional information can be found at

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reSET Receives $5,000 Grant from GoodWorks Insurance

reSET Receives $5,000 Grant from GoodWorks Insurance

Hartford Nonprofit that Helps New England Entrepreneurs with Environmental or Social Missions Gets Support from Conn. Insurance Agency Committed to Community

 HARTFORD and GLASTONBURY—July 8, 2016—A Hartford nonprofit that helps New England entrepreneurs with environmental and/or social missions is teaming up with a local company that extensively supports nonprofits.

GoodWorks Insurance, a Glastonbury-based insurance agency, recently announced a $5,000 grant to reSET, whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. The unrestricted funds will go towards reSET’s operations and enable it to apply for matching funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

GoodWorks Insurance donates half of its profits through GoodWorks Community Grants to local nonprofits.

“GoodWorks is in a league of its own in terms of creating good in the communities it works,” said reSET managing director Ojala Naeem. “Besides being one of the Northeast’s fastest-growing insurance agencies, they’re a great example of a company that’s doing so much more than turning a profit. They’re committed to supporting the next generation of businesses.”

Additionally, GoodWorks Insurance has been named a reSET general partner and will collaborate with it to run workshops on insurance and risk management for its entrepreneurial community. Participants will be eligible for various insurance benefits.

“reSET fits in perfectly with our philosophy to do well and to do good,” said GoodWorks Insurance senior vice president Edward F. Ryan. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them.”

reSET serves entrepreneurs who are busy conceiving solutions for some of our most pressing problems, from climate change to food and water insecurity to post-incarceration reentry, according to Naeem.

Besides Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance has Connecticut offices in Avon, Columbia and New Milford, and Massachusetts offices in Great Barrington and Worcester.

Serving more than 10,000 clients, GoodWorks Insurance ( offers auto, home insurance, business insurance and surety bonds. Besides insuring families and small businesses in general, it has special expertise in nonprofits, fuel dealers, aerospace firms, manufacturers and surety bonds.

reSET ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford known as Impact City, and Connecticut the Social Enterprise state. reSET serves all entrepreneurs but specializes in social enterprise ― impact-driven business with a double or triple bottom line. In addition to providing coworking space, accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.

Contacts: Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705,

Emily Walsh, ECW Communications, 646-489-9471,


Connecticut Business System’s Summer Kickoff Technology Show

You Are Cordially Invited To Connecticut Business System’s  Summer Kickoff Technology Show

Thursday, July 14th, 9am-5pm
100 Great Meadow Road, Wethersfield, CT, 06109
PJ Meade, Technology Consultant
T: (860) 667-2900 Ext. 28185 Email:

Join Connecticut Business Systems for an exciting show featuring live software and hardware demonstrations, a catered lunch, and a chance to
win an all-inclusive vacation to Punta Cana.

Summer Kickoff Technology Show

Glastonbury Family YMCA Great American Chili Cookoff & Camp Night!

Please join the Glastonbury Family YMCA this Thursday, July 7th, 5-8pm in JB Williams Park, Glastonbury for the 1st Annual, Glastonbury Family YMCA Great American Chili Cookoff & Camp Night!

This event is open to the public and a $5 donation gets you an evening of food, fun, and live music by The Wild Rumpus! Proceeds benefit local children in need, giving them an opportunity for a life changing, Y experience!


CT Insurance Agency, GoodWorks, That Gives to Charity Profiled in National Magazine

CT Insurance Agency, GoodWorks, That Gives to Charity Profiled in National Magazine

Fast-Growing GoodWorks Insurance Gets Kudos from Independent Agent Magazine

yonker. chad smaller.jpgGLASTONBURY, Conn.—June 13, 2016—GoodWorks Insurance is booming while giving half of its growing profits to charities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to a profile in the May issue of Independent Agent, the national magazine for independent insurance agents.  When Chad Yonker, a former minority investor, took over GoodWorks as CEO in 2011, it was struggling financially despite growing sales. He recapitalized the firm. “Since then, the agency has more than tripled in size,” Independent Agent wrote.

Based in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is an independent agency with additional Connecticut offices in Avon, Columbia and New Milford, and Massachusetts offices in Great Barrington and Worcester. It’s marking its 10th anniversary this year.

GoodWorks’ corporate charter requires that a minimum of 50% of operating earnings be distributed to nonprofits, Independent Agent wrote. Its Community Grants support local nonprofits that work in education, healthcare, public safety and community development. They include medical clinics, fuel-assistance programs, visiting nurse associations, special education, the Y and more.

GoodWorks’ 2015 sales were about $6 million, and the agency expects up to 50% growth for 2016. Yonker and the other agency owners decline compensation in order to boost the profit pool available for giving, according to the magazine. Its commitment to nonprofits has resulted in many growth opportunities.

Besides insuring families and small businesses in general, GoodWorks has special expertise in nonprofits, fuel dealers, aerospace, manufacturers and surety bonds.

“We’re large enough to provide expertise and market access on par or even in excess of the large national brokers in our key areas of focus,” Yonker said. “We’re also small enough to provide the local, personalized service our customers expect.”

Besides the charitable mission, joint ventures and strategic partnerships with other service providers have spurred GoodWorks’ growth. “We also have won endorsements and endorsement expansions by trade associations in key areas of expertise,” Yonker said.

The most recent GoodWorks Insurance acquisition, Metayer Bonding Associates in Avon, is the largest surety-bond-only agency in the Northeast.

“It adds another critical tool to our specialized growth arsenal,” said GoodWorks COO Paul Brian. “We’re making a big push to expand our contractor business in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and nearby states.”

The full article can be read online at The agency’s website is

Independent Agent is the authoritative source of information for professionals who sell insurance for independent agencies nationally. It is published by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”), a national alliance of more than a quarter million business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.

Media Contact: Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705,