Small Business Profile

First County Bank Small Business Profile: Stamford Florist, Stamford

When Stamford native Jim Ferraro was a student at Trinity Catholic High School, he worked part time at Stamford Florist as a delivery boy. When he graduated they offered him a full time position and shortly after the owners asked if he wanted to take over the business. He discussed the opportunity with his family and decided to say yes. In 1977 at the early age of 20, Jim Ferraro became the small business owner of Stamford Florist.

“I knew that, at minimum, if I upheld the same business standards of service and quality we would succeed. Always answer the phone with a smile. The word ‘no’ is not an option,” says Ferraro. Continue reading

First County Bank Foundation

CommunityFirst Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The First County Bank Foundation today announced the availability of its 2012 CommunityFirst grant applications for nonprofit organizations in lower Fairfield County. The CommunityFirst Grant Program is defined as grants of $2,500 or less as long as the nonprofit organization supports community or economic development, or children and families. And $1,000 or less if the nonprofit applicant falls outside of grant parameters.
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In Our Community

GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt to Deliver Library’s Annual Conversations with Business Leaders Lecture

‘Competing in the Global Economy: What Works’

New Canaan Library announces that Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, will be this year’s speaker for the library’s annual Conversations with Business Leaders lecture on Sunday, May 6. The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Seldin Performing Arts Center at the St. Luke’s School.

Conversations with Business Leaders, sponsored by First County Bank, presents a rare opportunity to learn from some of the most dynamic leaders in the business world. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since Sept. 7, 2001, and has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s. He will address the timely and crucial topic of the world’s economy with his lecture “Competing in the Global Economy: What Works.” Immelt has held several global leadership positions since joining GE including roles in GE’s Plastics, Appliance, and Healthcare businesses. Continue reading

Bank News

Hertz Construction Completes First of Eight Homes at Noroton Green


(Pictured from l. to r.) Paul Hertz, John Hertz, (co-owners of Hertz Construction), Jayme Stevenson, Darien First Selectman, Rick Zaremski, First County Bank senior vice president and director commercial lending, and Jim Darling, First County Bank vice president business banking.

Jayme Stevenson, Darien’s First Selectman, joins John and Paul Hertz of Hertz Construction and their banking partner, First County Bank, to celebrate the completion of the first of eight smart-sized green homes in a new residential development called Noroton Green. It is the first planned unit development in Darien. It is a community with 30 percent of the land specifically designated as open space and the first development in Darien to be Green Certified using National Association of Home Builders standards. Continue reading

In Our Community

First County Bank Sponsors New Canaan Library’s Film Discussion Series

First County Bank and the Friends of New Canaan Library are once again sponsoring the Friends Film Discussion Series. The discussion groups are fun and lively events that are free and open to the public. During each meeting, two films will be discussed. Multiple copies of the films are available at the library for viewing prior to discussion night. The spring sessions which run from March through June will also feature free pizza, wine and beer, as well as other refreshments. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. when “The Fall” and “The Station Agent” will be discussed.

The 2012 spring series, which had its first meeting on March 15, runs through Thursday, June 21, and is led by Jeff Zaino, systems librarian, and Friend’s committee member George McEvoy. The discussions will cover eight independent films and are held in the Plaut Room of the library. Although movies are not shown on discussion nights, multiple copies of each film are available at the library to view before each meeting. Registration is required and can be done on the library’s Web site: or by calling 203-594-5040. Continue reading