Durham Launches Online Business Listing

New website will help connect customers to local businesses.


A new website will help connect customers and business owners in Durham.

The town's Economic Development Commission (EDC) recently launched the Durham Business Listing, a directory of local businesses designed much like the Yellow Pages.

"The EDC hopes a directory on the town's website will not only assist in promoting the "buy local" concept, but in addition develop relationships between business owners," says commission member Cliff Colwell.

"The idea of a directory was the brought up by one [our] newest members, Alana Simlick this past summer. We had been researching what other nearby communities were doing to promote their existing businesses, while at the same time seeking to attract some new ones."

The commission is encouraging business owners to join the directory by providing some basic information, including location, hours and a brief description of products and services they provide. (A Business Listing Data form is attached to this article)

"With the help of Town Clerk Kim Garvis and Assistant Town Clerk Alicia Fonash-Willett, the EDC thinks this will only enhance the ability to showcase the entrepreneurs and myriad businesses in town," adds Colwell who says the EDC is also planning to include on the website a video with the theme "Discover Durham".

Paper forms are available in the and in the at Town Hall. They should be mailed to (or given to the Town Clerk):

Economic Development Commission

30 Town House Rd.

Durham, CT 06422

Any questions about the website may be directed to the EDC by email at EDC@townofdurhamct.org or by contacting any member. EDC members are Cliff Colwell, Carol Douglass, Brenda Eddy, Debbie Huscher, Ona McLaughlin, Diane Moore and Alana Simlick.

Karen Kean December 13, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Great idea. Like the idea of hours listed, too.


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