Chamber Member News | April 2020
Celebrating Our Members
April 2020
In This Issue:
1) New Members 2) Ribbon Cuttings 3) Promote Your Business
4) Upcoming Events 5) Member News and Updates
Welcome New Members:
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!

Access Rehab Centers (Watertown Office)
Excellent Cleaning 2, LLC
Executive Leadership, LLC DBA TAXCREDPLUS
Maurer & Associates
McKleans Dry Cleaning
Naugatuck Adult and Continuing Education
Stoll's Pharmacy
Swan Lake Dental Care


*Joined 3/1/2020 - 3/31/2020
Ribbon Cuttings
The Chamber looks forward to celebrating our member businesses! Interested in a celebration for a milestone at your business, such as a grand opening, expansion, new location, major renovation or rebranding? Click here to learn more!
Gateway Financial Services
Gateway Financial Partners celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their 197 Church Street location in Naugatuck on Thursday, March 12. The firm, which provides a wide range of financial services for every step of life’s journey. Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, from left, Naugatuck Burgess Rocky Vitale; Gateway Financial Partners Founder & CVO David Wood; Deputy Mayor Laurie Taf-Jackson; Laurie Rogers and Kayla Rogers with owner David Rogers; Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess; State Representative David Labriola; CEO of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corp. Ronald J. Pugliese; and State Senator George Logan. For more information, call (475) 666-5277 or visit  https://mygfpartner.com/david-rogers-connecticut/

Promote Your Business
Is your business offering special takeout or curbside service during this time? The Chamber has created Facebook Group communities for you to promote these services! Restaurants/Food Service are welcome to post their offerings in the Waterbury Region Take-Out and Delivery Group. All other businesses are invited to post in the Waterbury Region Curbside Commerce Group. Post as often as you like, and invite your friends, family, and coworkers to join. Happy Posting!
Curbside Commerce
Food Take-Out and Delivery
Events From Your Fellow Members
Webinar: Layoff, Furloughs, Unemployment Compensation, Shared Work, and WARN Act (April 3)
Recession fears are high, and many businesses are grappling with how to keep their businesses afloat. This session discusses the difference between layoffs and furloughs, and why the difference matters. During the webinar, our lawyers will address the ever-changing unemployment compensation issues that go along with layoffs and furloughs, the Shared Work program, the WARN Act, and other related topics. This Webinar will take place on Friday, April 3, 10 AM - 11 AM. Attendance is free but you must pre-register. There will be a Q&A Session and questions  should be sent in advance to Romania Jawahir at  rjawahir@carmodylaw.com.  



BlumShaprio Webinar: Fraud and Cyber Attacks in the Age of COVID-19 (April 6)
Cyber attacks and fraud attempts are in the news virtually every day. However, with most businesses adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, attackers and fraudsters are seeing this as an opportunity to make their mark.
Join the webinar, Cyber Crimes and Fraud Attempts During COVID-19, to learn about how you can best protect your organization from these threats. Topics covered include: 

  • Cyber security best practices when working remotely,
  • Discussion of the latest threats and scams including how hackers prey on our vulnerabilities through phishing and social media,
  • Using Know and No – how to get to “know” your new cyber friends and how to resist pressure and say “no” and
  • Being proactive and implementing the right security protocols during these times

Please submit your questions regarding this topic in the registration form. We will organize your submissions and address your questions and concerns during the webinar. To register, please click here .

Webinar: Leading Confidently in Times of Crisis (April 8)
Dealing with scattered teams, virtual workspaces, and stressed employees distracted by competing priorities is your new normal. These are unprecedented times that demand confident and effective leaders more than ever.
The good news is that proven leadership principles still work—if you know how to pivot the culture and inspire confidence. Your teams may be physically away, but a highly engaged and productive workforce is still possible. In short: How you lead in this time of crisis will make all the difference.

On this Webinar, you will learn:
  • How to conquer your thoughts and emotions to remain focused and confident during the COVID-19 crisis
  • How to instill calm, hope and purpose in others during critical times
  • How to make decisions from a place of clarity and confidence during change and uncertainty
  • How to develop a plan to refocus your team, prioritize new opportunities, and take action
  • How to nurture a culture of clear communication that yields greater performance and productivity

Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Register here: https://karenhinds.com/programs/leading-confidently-in-times-of-crisis/

Digital Event! Murder at Rose Hill Mansion (April 23)
Calling all amateur detectives! The Mattatuck Museum invites you to help solve a murder and cure your cabin fever!. This mystery adventure is ONLINE, so you do not have to go anywhere to solve this crime. Join the Mattatuck and stay safe while doing it!

**STILL HAPPENING** Red Cross Blood Drive Hosted by Anytime Fitness (April 24th)
Anytime Fitness, located at 152 Chase Avenue in Waterbury, is hosting a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross on Friday, April 24th. The blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There has been a severe shortage of blood donations and many drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Red Cross is taking extensive precautions to protect their staff and donors during this time. Please consider donating if you are able! To Register: email Kimberly.Moreland@redcross.org or call Bryan at Anytime Fitness at (203) 527-5670.

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Member News and Updates
Eversource Taking Measures to Support Businesses Amidst COVID-19
During this challenging time for all of us, Eversource is providing several measures that will lessen the financial hardship on all our customers, including small businesses—the backbone of our communities.
 
In addition to postponing customer disconnections for non-payment and assisting customers with financial programs to help pay their bill, Eversource is also providing extended payment arrangements for small business customers. 
 
In normal operations, small business customers get up to three months for bill payment arrangements. To support small business customers through the COVID-19 crisis, Eversource is offering a  $0 down payment and a 12-month payment arrangement, with the first payment not due until June 1.
 
The reliability of our essential service has never been more important than it is today during these uncertain times. With many people working from home, and students studying remotely, customers are increasingly relying on electronic devices to accomplish their goals.
 
Throughout the health crisis, be assured that Eversource is taking strict personal and public safety measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while also performing essential tasks to ensure all our customers have a safe and reliable energy system.
 
Essential work is that which maintains or improves the condition of our energy system to ensure safe and reliable service to customers. Examples include replacement of electrical lines, poles, and other equipment; installation of automated switches that speed restoration of customers following an outage; new utility connections; vegetation management along electric lines; repair of natural gas leaks; replacement and upgrade of natural gas lines and other equipment; and work mandated by law or regulation or as required by regional electric grid operator ISO-New England.
 
During this time, we are rescheduling all planned outages, as well as routine non-outage, service-related work inside residence or business. We are also reducing non-critical field work in our gas operations that requires access to homes or businesses.
 
Eversource is proud to be part of the communities we serve, and we are committed to serving all our customers during this difficult and uncertain time.

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Deeper View Homemakers & Companion Services, LLC
Not sure what to do with finding quality homecare for your loved one? Look no further. Dedicated counselors and care coordinators are here to support you and your family find the peace of mind and balance through this process. At Deeper View Homemakers and Companion Services, our mission is to provide family oriented, affordable and reliable homecare services for you and your loved ones. Our goal is to become your number one provider for your homecare needs. We offer hourly and 24/7 live-in services, companion and personal care assistance (PCA) services which are tailored to the needs of our clients. Deeper View Homemakers operates throughout Connecticut State. Currently we offer 5% discount for the first three months private pay 24/7 live-in case when client(s) stays with us beyond three months period. Complimentary transportation to appointments is provided upon request during intake. Call us @ 860-510-3959 (O)/203-449-9845(C). Visit www.dvhomemakers.com to find more information.

NOSS: April is National Occupational Therapy Month
Did you know that April is National Occupational Therapy Month? Your injury or surgical recovery starts with occupational therapy. You could avoid surgery entirely with the right treatment plan, over the course of one, a few, or many visits over a period of time depending on your specific needs. In NOSS’s Hand to Shoulder Center, their specialty-trained therapists develop a custom program for you. They focus on providing you with excellent care based on decades of experience to ensure the best possible outcome for you. To find out if you’re a candidate for Occupational Therapy, schedule an appointment with a specialist at NOSS. Call us at 203-755-6677 (NOSS) or 1-800-463-8764, or request an appointment using our online form. Click here to learn more: https://nossmd.com/departments/occupational-therapy-2/
  
Discussion Partner Collaborative Offering Two Free Interactions on the Topic of Transitions
We at Discussion Partners are aware this period of forced isolation is prompting reflection as to what life will hold after a return to a period of normalcy. The predictions in the US, Europe, and South America are sobering in respect to the virus impact on individuals and their families.

DPC like many companies has had internal discussions regarding how we may be of assistance to our clients and relationships given the existing restraints on mobility and interaction. Our firm has the benefit of working with now over 500 executives, first party research, and two best selling books on Executive Transitions. 

Given this foundation, DPC would like to offer two interactions focused on Transitions, via Zoom, Face Time, or by Phone to those whom are sheltering in place. There would be no fee for these interactions.

Our hypothesis is there are individuals who would enjoy speaking to an Advisor regarding their own plans in the context of our collective experience on this topic.I would invite you, or anyone whom you know who is contemplating a change in circumstance, to reach out to schedule a discussion. Our coordinated point of contact via email is tcasey@dpcadvisors.com.  

We look forward to seeing you soon when this serious crisis is behind us.
Stay safe....
Tom Casey
  
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FREE Business Technology Assessment! 
Do you fully understand the workflow going on in your office? A&A Office Systems can start by assessing your current situation through a Business Technology Assessment. A baseline of your current needs, usage, and the unique workflow of your office. From here, we can move forward in building an optimized solution that supports your company’s goals and initiatives. Contact Jerry Poulin to set up your free assessment today! 
To set up your free assessment, please call 203-598-6960 or email jpoulin@aaofficesystems.com.

Durants Offers Emergency Response Tent & Sanitation Solutions
During national emergency, Durant's Party Rentals remains prepared to assist in ongoing relief efforts. With a highly experienced staff, and diverse array of tent and equipment options, we can help convert outdoor space to climate controlled, weather resistant space. We offer solutions for long or short term applications, such as:
  • Hospital & Triage Expansion
  • Retail/Restaurant Drive Thru
  • Space Required to Reduce Crowd Density
  • Portable Sanitation Equipment
  • Portable Restroom Trailers
  • Emergency Porta-Potty Units
  • Event Hand Wash & Sanitizer Stations
Other Services Provided Include
  • Consultation/ design assistance
  • Versatile Tenting Options
  • Snap Deck & Laminate Flooring
  • Lighting, Power Generation & Distribution
  • Portable Refrigeration, Food Warming & Cooking
  • Crowd control: Barricades, Stanchions, Room Dividers

If you need any of these services, please do not hesitate to contact John Regina, Office: (203) 250-6600;
Mobile: (860) 770-8617; john@durantsparty.com; www.durantsparty.com

Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches PR/Publicity Campaigns For Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat Center’s Nigerian Photo Exhibit 
Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, the owner of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC (BCC), announced that her agency’s public relations, publicity placement, and marketing communications services were secured by Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center of Litchfield to publicize their hosting of “A Place For You” exhibition. BCC placed several significant news articles, but the exhibit has been rescheduled to open September 12th. The exhibit will feature internationally-impactful photos taken by Northfield photographer Lee Cantelon’s of Nigerian refugees including women and girls rescued, released or displaced after being held hostage by the Boko Haram or impacted by the violence in Fulani.

During 2020, Branagan-Mitchell is celebrating 27 years of sole proprietorship success. Branagan Communications Consultants also offers writing and editing of content for websites, newsletters, branding and sales materials, brochures, and presentations. For more information, visit http://www.branagancommunications.com , email to barbara@branagancommunications.com or call Barbara Branagan-Mitchell directly at 860-210-0149.

Business Space Available at Boyden Street
Looking for convenient space for your business? Our member, Makerspace Waterbury, LLC,has a space for lease at 15 Boyden Street (1604 Thomaston Avenue), Waterbury. Not only that, but 2 months rent is FREE with 3-year lease of 3,000 SF. The lot is close to I-84 and Route 8, perfect for getting customers to find their way to your office. Plenty of parking for your staff and customers and Wi-Fi is available. If interested or for more information, please call Robert Stillman at 203-226-1363.

MazzMedia Produces Video Series For Wallingford-Based Precision Manufacturer
MazzMedia Co-owner Thomas Mazzarella was photographed videotaping precision manufacturing production at the Component Engineers Inc. (CEI) in Wallingford for a series of videos to demonstrate the manufacturer’s work in the aerospace and defense, medical devices, automotive systems, electronics, consumer products, and other worldwide industries. An Emmy Award-winning multi-media production company based in Southington, MazzMedia was hired by CEI to create and produce the series. Started in 1982 by brothers, Tom and Tony Mazzarella, MazzMedia specializes in creating and producing video content for businesses across a variety of industries throughout the country. To learn about MazzMedia’s storytelling expertise, visit https://www.mazz.com , or contact Tom or Tony Mazzarella at 860-920-2003.

Southmayd Home to Host June 20 Strawberry Social
Southmayd Home will hold its annual Strawberry Social on Saturday, June 20, from 1-3 p.m. The event will feature live music, strawberry-themed refreshments, raffle baskets and birdhouse contest voting. Free and open to the public. Raffle ticket sales benefit Southmayd’s Resident Activity Fund. For information, to donate raffle items or enter the birdhouse decorating competition, contact Laura Marsala at (203) 754-0360 or lmarsala@southmayd.com . The event is sponsored by CarePartners of Connecticut. Southmayd Home, a nonprofit, nonmedical residence for women aged 60+, is located at 250 Columbia Boulevard, Waterbury.

Help the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Effort
Unprecedented public health concerns caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic present significant challenges as the American Red Cross continues to deliver its lifesaving mission. To meet these challenges, we are making a n estimated $150 million in urgent additional investments to support people across the U.S. who count on Red Cross blood and disaster services. They supply about 40% of the nation’s blood supply, and are facing a tremendous shortage of blood due to blood drive cancellations.

Through March 19, more than 5,000 Red Cross blood drives had been canceled across the U.S. due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 170,000 fewer blood donations—and this number continues to grow. The American Red Cross has implemented many changes to safely take donations such as: safely testing & manufacturing blood, hand sanitizer before and after donations, spacing donation beds and so on.

Help the American Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide during this public health emergency. To donate online, visit redcross.org/donate and select “Coronavirus Outbreak.” To donate by check, write “Coronavirus Outbreak” in the memo line, and mail it to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

S & G Pet Care and Small Engine Repair Winter Sale
Seasonal Sale incoming! Too much snow for your winter equipment? S & G is having a Winter service sale before you store it away for the Spring. Before you forget about it for 6 months, make sure it is working properly when the snow comes around again.

Visit their Facebook page for live updates on their seasonal sales or call them directly at 203-525-6120.

Connecticut Manufacturing Assistance Center
Upgrade your business with the help of CMAC, an industry leading specialist in hand assembly and quality assurance. At CMAC, the quality, care and control are the same as you would want in your own facility. Let us take your hand assembly needs and execute them to your specifications and on your schedule.

Planning your next move?
Look no further! The Connecticut Manufacturing Assistance Center is here for all your hand assembly and quality assurance needs. Centrally located in Waterbury, CT, CMAC’s unique operation can assist by providing a high quality and on time product for you. For more information contact: Zachary Westfahl 920-204-4969 or email Zach.zach.westfahl@gmail.com

AARP Connecticut Offers Year-Round Discounts
AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues.

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes, and more!

New offers are added throughout the year so bookmark  www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts  and check back often for information about current discounts for AARP members and updates. Special restrictions may apply, so please be sure to read all offer details before purchasing. For information about discounts for AARP members from exclusive merchants and national retailers,  click here .

Waterbury Arc Workers Offering Mobile Work Crews for Businesses
Several of Waterbury Arc's participants are members of Mobile Work Crews. Some Mobile Work Crews perform custodial duties at area businesses such as lMTl, United Auto, St. Peter & Paul School, J&J Precision Eyelet lnc., Jane Doe No More, 41 Storage, Eastgate ll and Kolga lndustries. Other crews perform landscaping and grounds keeping at locations such as FD Community Federal Credits Union, Summer Brook Condos, and Lincoln Condo Association, as well as private residences. Crew members also perform restaurant and factory services.
Arc participants offer: Quality work at competitive prices, Waterbury Arc staff supervision, fully insured services.

What work can Waterbury Arc clients help with at YOUR Business? Connect with Arc to learn more.

Palace Theater Affinity Program
Did you know that as a Chamber member you get special discounts to select shows at the Palace Theater? As an affinity member, you receive a minimum 10% discount off most Palace events with the opportunity to receive even larger discounts on certain performances. When you purchase tickets by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, mention to your sales and service representative before the point of purchase that you are a Waterbury Regional Chamber Member and would like to take advantage of the Affinity Discount. If you are purchasing tickets online, at www.palacetheaterct.org, use the Promotional Code: WRC. Please keep in mind that some restrictions may apply and discounts may only pertain to certain seating sections based on performance restrictions. For more information on show specific discounts, please contact the Palace Theater Box Office at 203-346-2000.
 
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