> 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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Cut the Cord
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Color Odyssey
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 24 at Windsor Public Library
Candidates Night
Oct 24 at Windsor Town Hall
Northwest Park Fall Full Moon Hike
Oct 24 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Silk'n Sounds
Oct 25 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Citizens Academy
Thursdays at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Flashlight Maze
Oct 26 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Americana 1: 1st Generation Artists
Oct 27 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT 06095
Color Odyssey
Oct 27 at Windsor Public Library
Flashlight Maze
Oct 27 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Hyde Park, NY - Eleanor Roosevelt
Oct 27 at Hyde Park, NY - Eleanor Roosevelt Cottage & Vanderbilt Mansion
President books!
Oct 27 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Christopher Miner Spencer Exhibit!
Oct 30 at Windsor Historical Society
Credit Score Lunch and Learn
Oct 30 at 360 Federal Credit Union
Healthy Minds
Oct 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
MEDICARE Changes for 2019
Oct 31 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Nightmare on Broad Street
Oct 31 at Windsor Town Center
Trick or Tequila
Oct 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Thursdays at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Kid's Movie and Craft Night
Nov 2 at Windsor Art Center Studios
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 3 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Anniversary celebration
Nov 3 at The Blue Dragonfly Gift Shop 144 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Celebration of Life - Hailey Pinard
Nov 3 at Hayden Station Firehouse, 54 Basswood Road, Windsor
First Church Used Book Sale
Nov 3 at First Church Parish House, 107 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Annual Art Exhibition
Nov 4 at Windsor Town Hall
St. Gabriel School Open House
Nov 4 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Center Brazilian Jazz
Nov 4 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor CT
Fencing Class
Nov 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Healthy Minds
Nov 6 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Nov 6 at Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 7 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 7 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Art Center Panel Discussion
Nov 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 10 at The Tavern at Keney Park
WJWC Fundraiser at Dom's
Nov 10 at Dom's Restaurant
Cook book sale
Nov 11 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Essential Oils: Winter Immune Suppo
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Nov 14 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Nov 14 at Windsor High School J113
Mary's Place Open House
Nov 15 at 6 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT 06095
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Wild Game Dinner
Nov 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Coffee table books!
Nov 17 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Holiday Connect and Toy Drive
Dec 5 at Windsor Station Apartments, 69 Mechanic St, Windsor
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113