> Out and About: Paula Pierce

Out and About: Paula Pierce

Out and About: Paula Pierce
Paula Pierce is the Owner/Directing Manager of Hosting Connecticut LLC. Hosting Connecticut LLC is a website development company that offers everything you need for an online business. They deal in all aspects of online business in one place; domain registration (.com), web site design, web site hosting, online marketing, e-commerce, merchant account setup and more. The business is celebrating its fifteenth year as it opened on January 1, 2003 at 180 Rainbow Rd. It has since changed addresses to 1412 Windsor Station Dr.

Paula was born and raised in Windsor. She attended St. Gabriel School, and then moved on to Sage Park Middle School, and Windsor High School. Her mom is Betty Mancarella, formerly the Executive Secretary at Sage Park for about twenty-seven years. After graduating, Paula went to Loyola University in Maryland and received her degree in English Literature. Looking back to where she is now, Paula admits, "I didn't intend to go into business." In fact, she vehemently opposed taking any business classes while in college. She took an accounting course and a couple of business classes in high school. While there, she was a member of Future Business Leaders of America. She says of the one accounting course, "I kind of enjoyed that, but it wasn't what I thought I wanted to do." She was more involved with the liberal arts. She didn't really think she would go into business. "But as things progress, your life changes. You learn a few things. You see the world and meet people and realize, 'Oh, maybe this will work out better.'" She transitioned from college to her first "real job," an international distribution manufacturer. Paula loved the experience because she always loved different cultures. She got to do a little bit of traveling internationally and meet people across the globe.

From working internationally, Paula started an online gift shop, making contacts she had made from her previous job. She did a little bit of importing at that point. Teas, brassware, fabrics and textiles were some of the things she would offer from around the world. That business was called, PaulaWalla Imports, with web presence in 1996.

After creating PaulaWalla Imports, Paula began learning more about websites and hosting. For one, she learned how to set up e-commerce, merchant accounts to take credit cards, how to market herself, and doing e-mail marketing. It was through that process; around 1999 through 2001, Paula started to build websites. Someone she knew through one of the business groups online had informed her about hosting websites. It was through this opportunity that piqued Paula's interest. She partnered up with her mentor and they began Hosting Connecticut LLC, as we know it today in 2003.

As a lifelong member of the town, Paula states, "I love Windsor!" She's been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since starting Hosting Connecticut in '03. Positions include, becoming a board member and President from 2008 - 2010. She now occupies the role of Secretary. For 8-10 years, Paula was with the Windsor Education Foundation (WEF), which she still supports. She has garnered a few awards in the past ten years, starting with the Home Based Business Champion Award from SBA in '08. She was named, Director of the Year in 2010 and Jerry Hallas Memorial Award 2012 through the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Paula is a big proponent when it comes to local restaurants. When the Chamber hosted their own TV program, Windsor Today, Paula had her own segment called, Grab A Bite. She is also the moderator of Freecycle, an online group which emphasizes recycling goods.

Her hobbies include reading mysteries and knitting.

Three words that describe Paula: Entrepreneurial. People-oriented. Community.


Events

e-Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor
June 22 - Aug 31 at Town of Windsor
Tour Windsor Rocks!
through Aug 23 at TourWindsorCT.org Locations
Local Artist Art Exhibit
through Labor Day
2018 Annual Mums Sale
Aug 3 at Windsor Woman’s Club
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 21 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Yoga on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Concert on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 23 at 240 Broad Street
New Teachers Reception
Aug 23 at Windsor Historical Society
Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
4th Thurday of the month at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Park Here - Fly There
Aug 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Study Spencer Repeating Rifles!
Aug 24 at Windsor Historical Society
Surf and Turf
Saturdays in August at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Aug 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Mobile Mammography
Aug 28 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 28 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Aug 30 at 240 Broad Street
Lobster Roll Mania
Sep 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Local Color: Inspired by Science
Sep 1 at Windsor Art Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Sep 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 5 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 5 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 5 at Senior Center
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Sep 5 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Farmers’ Market
Sep 6 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Sep 6 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
Wine Bottle Bingo
Sep 7 at Northwest Park Pavilion, Windsor, CT
Book signing with Brendan Deneen
Sep 8 at House of books and games
Serial Surface Design Paint Play
Sep 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor, CT 06095
Windsor Fife & Drum Parade & Muster
Sep 8 at Windsor Town Green
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Keeping You & Your Heart Healthy
Sep 10 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Win-TV's Production Club
Sep 11 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 12 at Windsor Public Library
Financial Talk with John Sheerin
Sep 12 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 12 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 12 at Senior Center
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Farmers’ Market
Sep 13 at 240 Broad Street
Jan's Sewing Hour
Sep 13 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Sep 13 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
Connect with Spirit Under the Stars
Sep 14 at Brown's Harvest
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 14 at Senior Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 17 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 17 at Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
National Cheeseburger Day
Sep 18 at Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave Windsor, CT
TVCA Table Top Expo
Sep 18 at La Notte, 17 Thompson Rd, East Windsor
Win-TV's Production Club
Sep 18 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 19 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 19 at Senior Center
Farmers’ Market
Sep 20 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Citizens Academy
Sep 20 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Sep 20 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
Free Film Friday
Sep 21 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT 06095
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 21 at Senior Center
Touch-A-Truck
Sep 22 at Brown's Harvest
British Wives & the American Rev
Sep 23 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Cut the Cord
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Sep 24 at 97 B Pierson Lane
Monday Morning Book Club
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Park Here - Fly There
Sep 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 24 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 24 at Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Win-TV's Production Club
Sep 25 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 26 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 26 at Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove-For Seniors
Sep 26 at Senior Center
Farmers’ Market
Sep 27 at 240 Broad Street
From Jazz to Soul
Sep 27 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Citizens Academy
Sep 27 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Sep 27 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
Ray of Hope Celebration Bash
Sep 28 at The North House 1 Nod Road Avon, CT 06001
Shape Up & Work Out for Seniors
Sep 28 at Senior Center
Maple To Table Fundraising Dinner
Sep 28 at Northwest Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Mother/Daughter Circle
Oct 2 at 330 Windsor Avenue
Still Young Book Club
Oct 2 at Tunxis Grill, 3 Tunxis Avenue
Win-TV's Production Club
Oct 2 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 3 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Farmers’ Market
Oct 4 at 240 Broad Street
Parenting 101
Oct 4 at L.P Wilson Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 4 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Oct 4 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
Chili Challenge
Oct 6 at Windsor Town Green
Windsor Lions Fall Craft Fair
Oct 6 at Town Greene
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Essential Oils 101
Oct 9 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Mother/Daughter Circle
Oct 9 at 330 Windsor Avenue
Win-TV's Production Club
Oct 9 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 10 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Oct 10 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Farmers’ Market
Oct 11 at 240 Broad Street
Parenting 101
Oct 11 at L.P Wilson Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 11 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Oct 11 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22
AmericanRedCross Babysitter's Class
Oct 13 at 330 Windsor Avenue
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Healthy Minds
Oct 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Magic of Communication
Oct 16 at Windsor Public Library
Mother/Daughter Circle
Oct 16 at 330 Windsor Avenue
Win-TV's Production Club
Oct 16 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Win-TV Studio
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 17 at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Oct 18 at 240 Broad Street
Parenting 101
Oct 18 at L.P Wilson Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 18 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Windsor Fife & Drum Corps
Oct 18 at L.P Wilson Community Center-Room 22