Business Buzz

Margo Anderson of New Milford has recently been named an independent sales director for Mary Kay Inc., based in Dallas, Tx.

Mary Kay sales directors build businesses on a part-time basis.

Ms. Anderson had her debut at Bank Street Theater in New Milford and named her unit The Magic Makers.

She had a send-off Journey to Directorship and a candlelight ceremony with her unit, family and guests.

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC, a public relations, publicity placement and marketing communications consulting agency in New Milford, has been secured by the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Convention Center in Hartford, Heritage Hotel Resort and Conference Center in Southbury and Connected Home Systems in Woodbury.

Branagan Communications Consultants LLC has been in business since 1993 and provides public relations, publicity and marketing communications services to small and medium-sized businesses through various regions of Connecticut.

Mrs. Branagan received the Malcolm Baldrige Award from the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce for outstanding volunteerism and graduated as the Team Leader for the Economic Development Team of the Leadership Greater Waterbury program.

For more information, call 860-210-0149 or go to

Joe's Salon in New Milford, owned by Karen Ross, was recently named to the Salon Today 200 by "Salon Today" magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners.

The 200 salons were selected for their business practices from applications submitted by "Salon Today" readers.

"The salons named to the Salon Today 200 for 2011 not only proved they excel in one or most best practice categories," said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of "Salon Today, "they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients."

For more information, call 860-354-4806 or e-mail

Bantam Fuel, a full-service energy company offering smart energy solutions to heating oil and propane customers in Northwest Connecticut under the leadership of its president Peter Aziz. has been recognized as a pioneer in the fuel industry.

Bantam Fuel, along with other companies, has been a leader in the effort to embrace biodiesel as a way to reduce carbon emissions by offering BioHeat, which is a combination of premium heating oil and 5% organic renewable biodiesel.

The company has been recently featured in "Success Stories: Sustainability of America's Future Through Biodiesel," which profiled six heating-oil companies nationwide, including Bantam Fuel, that were pioneers in BioHeat before it became synonymous with the heating oil industry's green movement.

For more information, call 860-567-9431 or go to

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