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    2010 Jean Elton Annual Open House

    October 28th, 2010

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    You’re Invited!

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    Friday, November 19th – 10-6pm
    Saturday, November 20th – 10-6pm
    Email here for location

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    Presented by Jean Elton Studio and Gallery
    Lois Barker
    Kathy Sackett
    Amy Willers

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    Hand Made Ornaments
    Specialty Table Top Items
    Christmas Dinnerware
    Hand Painted Glassware
    Candleholders with Holiday Wreaths
    Decorated Wrought Iron
    Handcrafted Jewelry
    Holiday Sweets and Treats

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    Sip some coffee or cider as you
    Browse one of a kind beautifully designed pieces
    As you check off your Christmas Gift List.


    Profile: Janet Webster

    October 15th, 2010

    Janet Webster

    Janet Webster is the Business Manager at Jean Elton and has become an invaluable partner in the company.  Her ideas and insight are important in all the business’s decision-making.

    Janet first became involved with Jean Elton after meeting Bill Barker (co-founder and owner) to discuss the purchase of another franchise.  Though she did not go ahead with that purchase, she did decide she’d like to work with Bill on another project.  ”I have worked in finance, product management, consulting, and sales, and as we spoke about the different things he was involved in, the Jean Elton business (accompanied by iPhone pictures) sounded and looked compelling,” says Janet.  After meeting Lois Barker and becoming more involved in the business, she began to research and evaluate the new target market of customized dinnerware for brides.  ”I looked at primary and secondary market research. Lois and Bill liked the work, and offered me a role as Lois’ Business Manager. After working with Jean Elton’s senior management team over a six month period, we completed a strategic and operational audit, and selected a couple of organizational and infrastructure challenges to work on which we felt would impact our ability to grow. Shortly thereafter, we organized the mission statement workshop. Now Lois and I are reworking the wholesale distribution strategy, and have begun to explore new strategic alliances in the southern Connecticut and New York Metropolitan area.”

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