Sciences and Small Business the Focus of Women for Murphy Roundtable

Yesterday evening, Women for Murphy held their latest roundtable at the home of Jeanne Milstein, a Murphy supporter. Much of the conversation centered around small businesses and education.

NEW LONDON -- Yesterday evening, Women for Murphy held their latest roundtable at the home of Jeanne Milstein, a Murphy supporter.

With a diverse group of attendees, the conversation covered the environment, healthcare, small businesses and education. Much of the conversation centered around small businesses and education -- specifically women in science.

Shiela Hayes from Norwich spoke about the need to limit the number of hurdles that small businesses and entrepreneurs have to clear in order to operate.

"What does an entrepreneur need? They need to be able to have access to dollars, affordable health care...basic materials for owning your own business," said Hayes. "Having come from a family of entrepreneurs I know firsthand that we need help breaking through those barriers."

Murphy agreed, "There are enormous barriers to get businesses started. There are far too many bureaucratic obstacles to starting a small business that we need to streamline, which will not only help our small business owners but cut costs for the government."

From supporting small businesses the conversation shifted to education. There was a consensus among the group for the need to have more programs to encourage women to go into the sciences. Rosemary Palmieri from New Haven, recent graduate of The Sound School spoke about the importance of funding opportunities for women in the sciences.

"The opportunities I received were actually outside of the classroom," Palmieri said. "I applied for an internship through my biotechnology class. In an effort to get more women involved in the sciences my bio teacher approached me about applying. I was one of 25 women in the country to be accepted, and now I am going to Dickinson in the fall and I plan to major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry."

"There is a huge gap between women and men in the field of science and it's a failure on the part of our education system," Palmieri added. "We need to encourage women to explore fields like engineering and biosciences in and out of the classroom because we're not tapping into the resources we have and that's hurting us as a country."

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R Eleveld August 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Mr. Green, From the White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia Paragraph: "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help [Agreed]. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life [Agreed]. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive [Agreed]. Somebody invested in roads and bridges [Agreed]. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that [Disagree]. Somebody else made that happen [Disagree]. The Internet didn't get invented on its own [Agreed]. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.[Disagree]" First business owners take a lot of risk and get help, in your case it was parental help and someone that mentored you(Dartmouth-Tuck).... Government did not do that... The public transportation was not built for you neither was anything else. You chose to work harder or smarter or took advantage of an opportunity that you saw. The real issue I have is the underlying sentiment that Government creates wealth. It is people like you! Otherwise we would all be wealthy! Also I thought it was Al Gore that told us he created the Internet. Actually this link will help on that issue: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444464304577539063008406518.html
R Eleveld August 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Green as you may know, CT is not a "Strong Governor" state but a Strong Legislative State. The Dems have controlled the Legislature for I believe over 20 years. I do not understand where you can say the Republicans have stopped much of anything the Dems have wanted to do with the exception of spenindg even MORE money. This past 2 year legislative session they raised taxes $2B and still could not balance the budget, and that is the fault of the Republicans? The wealthy are moving out of Connecticut, That means for those that do not understand, less revenue(tax $) to pay for our ever growing government. They will then raise taxes on those left, and MORE will leave and the spiral continues. That is all of course the Republicans fault, as they controlled the legislative and executive 40 years ago?
Paul Dennis August 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Republicans in Monroe CT are planning a huge campaign rally complete with (anti-gay rights) Chick-fil-A sandwiches. In what they are calling support for free speech, organizers of this event will be by-passing local venders while making a 3 ½ hour trip to New Jersey to pick up a 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches for the enjoyment of their republican guests. This rally is being billed as the “Biggest Meet and Greet in the history of CT politics” Attendees will include more than 30 republican candidates and elected officials. Some notables are keynote speaker State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Steve Obsitnik, a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District race, 3rd District candidate Wayne Winsley, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Toni Boucher, and Rep. Gail Lavielle. The event is free and open to the public. Here is a link to the full story with comments: http://monroe.patch.com/articles/republicans-plan-to-unite-after-the-primaries Come to Monroe this Saturday and enjoy an anti-gay rights Chick-fil-A hate sandwich.
R Eleveld August 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I wrote on this subject.... Are We Losing our Freedom of Speech Rights? [http://windsor.patch.com/blog_posts/are-we-loosing-our-freedom-of-speech-rights] I will respect your being able to write whatever it is that you choose to write within the parameters of the Patch TOS :-). You should respect my right to disagree with your "hate" sandwich comment. The reality is you just provided additional advertising for an event [http://rallyforrepublicanunity.wordpress.com/]. I thank you.
Alan Green, Jr. August 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Boycott Monroe! Come to New London where LGBT rights are celebrated. Disgusting promotion. The log cabin repubs must be irate....


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