Chamber Member News | February 2021
Celebrating Our Members
February 2021
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!



*Joined 1/1/2021 - 2/1/2021
Member Spotlights
Welcome to New Member ARSOME Technology
ARSOME Technology is delighted to be a new partner of the Waterbury Regional Chamber. We are a custom augmented and virtual reality company that brings educational content to life to further educate and inspire students and personnel. We look forward to meeting, working, and discovering new partnerships with fellow members and new friends! Learn more about ARSOME Technology at https://www.arsome.com/

Welcome to New Member Reworx USA
GET RECLAIMED with member Reworx USA and be part of the journey from the source to your finished product. Their barn wood and salvaged & rescued materials give a unique look and feel to any project or piece. Support their efforts of sustainability and enhancing your community with their creative, timeless and quality pieces made in America from American made! Reworx offers a green and meaningful way to furnish your home or business. Not only are the pieces one-of-a-kind but they represent a style of living, a statement of creative re-purposing and an example of environmental awareness. Whether you are looking for an accent to your dwelling or a customized piece of furniture, Reworx will make your vision a reality. Learn more at https://www.reworxct.com/ or call 860.417.2858

Welcome to New Member CT Mixmaster
CTMixmaster started in July of 2017 as a local Instagram page with the intent of spreading positive information from around the Naugatuck Valley. ⁣We introduced our hashtag #ctmixmaster the same year, enabling our community (followers) the ability to actively participate in the creation of our local feed. ⁣
Over the years, we have established relationships with small businesses, civic organizations, content creators, and scenic photographers from Connecticut. It is an honor to collaborate with talented people in our community.⁣
With great pleasure, we introduce CTMixmaster.com. The perfect source to find positive information, shop your favorite small businesses, and find local photography from Connecticut.⁣
Explore our shop page and discover a variety of local products or visit our store-listings page to view the small businesses and local photographers in our community.⁣

Events From Your Fellow Members
MATT By Night Music Bingo (February 11)
Can you name hit songs from the past five decades? Join the Mattatuck Museum on Thursday, February 11 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM for MATT By Night: Virtual Music Bingo! Purchase a bingo card – or a few – and join them on Zoom as they play hits from the 1960s to today. As songs are played, mark them off on your bingo cards. Get 5 in a row? Call out BINGO or type it in the chat! The entry fee is $5 per bingo card and can be purchased at www.mattmuseum.org/matt-by-night!


Acts 4 Ministry Virtual Bingo Fundraiser (February 13)
Acts 4 Ministry will benefit from a Virtual Bingo Fundraiser on Saturday, February 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will raise funds for non-profit non-denominational Acts 4 Ministry in Waterbury and will be hosted by GYBO: Get Your Bingo On and sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank. The cost is $20/player for five Bingo cards. Traditional Bingo will be offered from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Music Bingo with songs from the 70s and 80s will be offered between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. To register, visit www.acts4.org home page, click BINGO in the top right corner, and click Events. All tickets are tax-deductible. Donations can be made year-round by checks made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and U.S. Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704.

Catch the Big Game at the Foxwoods Watch Party (February 7th)
Harassment and Gender Discrimination Today course special offer for Waterbury Chamber members through C3 eLearning Solutions (Deadline is February 9th)
Only one week left to get your CT sexual harassment prevention training requirements done before February 9, 2021. This month Harassment and Gender Discrimination Today will be offered to WTBY chamber members and their employees at a special rate of $20 each. This is an engaging online course that meets all the CT state requirements, is 2 hours, and certified by WTBY Chamber member Attorney Valerie Cinkovic. Register using the link below, pay by credit card anytime and access the course as many times as you like for completion within one month from your purchase date. A certificate will be emailed to you on completion. Please forward any questions to dawn@c3elearning.com. Register today here: https://wtbychamber-c3elearning.talentlms.com/catalog


Adam Broderick Salon Offering Gift Card Deal (Through February 14th)
All you need is love! All gift cards are not alike, so give the best and let them choose their gift of choice with an Adam Broderick beauty and wellness gift card. For every $175 in Adam Broderick gift cards you purchase, receive an additional $25 gift card through February 14th. Adam Broderick personal shoppers can help you select the perfect gift. Complimentary gift wrap is available, and we can ship or arrange for convenient curbside pick up. Your Valentine’s Day just got a little easier… Click here to purchase your gift cards: https://www.adambroderick.com/store/gift-cards/

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Offers a Wide Variety of Spring Semester Courses and Events
During the spring semester, in addition to over 40 of the high quality courses for which OLLI is known, a diverse and entertaining calendar of special events is available with something for everyone: 
 
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury is pleased to announce details of its spring 2021 semester. OLLI offers academic and social learning experiences to anyone 50 or over. All OLLI's classes are currently taught online, while still offering the broad range of courses and learning experiences for which Connecticut's only OLLI is known. 
 
During the spring semester, in addition to over 40 of the high quality courses for which OLLI is known, a diverse and entertaining calendar of special events is available with something for everyone. February events include: 
 
February 23rd, 10:15am: Story Power, a performance and presentation, presented by Nina Lesiga 
 
February 24th, 7:00pm: Connecticut's African American Heroines, presented by Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
 
All events are free for OLLI members. Non-members pay a $10 registration fee to attend most events. There is no educational requirement to join OLLI. Many classes are developed and taught by individuals who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and experience with other members. 
 
Registration for the OLLI Spring 2021 semester opens on Monday, February 1st at 9:00 a.m. Session dates are February 15th to April 30th. Daytime and evening courses are offered every week during the semester, Monday - Friday. Annual registration is $65, with classes starting at $5. For registration and further information, visit OLLI's website at: olli.uconn.edu, email osher@uconn.edu or call 475-222-6261 / 6232.

Waterbury-Oxford Airport Master Plan Update: Notice of Public Information Meeting (February 24)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the Waterbury-Oxford Airport Master Plan Update. The meeting will include both a presentation and an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comments. The meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams on February 24, 2021 from 6 PM – 8 PM.

The presentation will present forecasts of aviation activity, future facility needs, development alternatives, potential environmental impacts, the future development plan, and both current and forecasted economic impacts of the airport.

To ensure the safety of all attendees and project team members during the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held online as a Microsoft Teams Live Event. Use the following link to access the meeting on your computer, tablet, or smart phone (you may be prompted to install the Microsoft Teams app):
 

In addition, a Virtual Waiting Room is being prepared for the project. This unique website will include graphics and other information illustrating plan recommendations and results, including forecasts, maps, and economic impact estimates. The Virtual Waiting Room will also allow meeting attendees to submit questions prior to the meeting itself. Use the following link to access the Virtual Waiting Room:
 
 
 For additional information please visit the project website: waterbury-oxford-planning.com.

CT in Motion Transportation Series (March 2)
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Brass City Raceway and Axe-Throwing Offers Indoor Fun
Looking for some Family Fun entertainment? We have it all fun activities with electric go-karts, arcade game lounge and Axe- throwing. Check out our website for more information www.brasscityraceway.com For questions, email brasscityraceway@gmail.com or call 203-518-4578.


Wheeler Clinic Donation Supports Fitness Goals for Health Center Patients 
The new year often brings in resolutions to get in shape, and fitness can play a life-saving role in health outcomes, particularly with chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Thanks to an anonymous donor, Wheeler has received an $10,000 gift, with a pledge to match up to $5,000 more if other donors come forward by March 31, to help patients achieve better wellness through fitness in 2021.

The gift supports, within a supervised plan of health care at Wheeler, gym memberships, personal coaching, fitness programs, and equipment needed for motivated patients to become healthier through exercise. “Wheeler’s approach to health is about all the parts of wellness coming together,” the donor says. “Times are so difficult for so many people today, and if this gift allows patients to take control of their fitness in ways they couldn’t consider before, their health will improve.”

Incidences of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are widespread in the patients Wheeler serves at its five Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, Plainville, and Waterbury. Patients often have significant unmet health care needs and are also affected by the social determinants of health daily. Many of the risk factors of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and general illness are similar: poor nutrition, environmental and social factors, and lack of exercise.

Community health centers like Wheeler are the primary medical home for over 29 million people in more than 12,000 rural and urban communities across America and care for some of the deadliest chronic diseases that medically vulnerable individuals face. Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) of Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Centers reveals that 16.5 percent of its patients have hypertension, and almost 8 percent have diabetes. Within its patients with diabetes, 35.67% have poor control of their disease, which is higher than the statewide average.

Patients who benefit from the gift will have pre- and post-plan data points measured and tracked through regular visits with their care team, and there are plans to expand the program after the first year if significant improvement is shown.

Join the Holy Cross High School Winning Team
Interest in Holy Cross High School remains strong despite presented unparalleled societal challenges. Our incoming Class of 2025 shows promise to be a strong class. Holy Cross attracts and enrolls qualified students eager for a faith-based quality education. To accomplish this, we award over $1.4 million in financial aid annually to students from throughout the greater Waterbury region. The cost to educate a student exceeds tuition costs, and we must fundraise every year to make a Holy Cross education affordable for those who wish to attend. Whether our students are in the classroom or learning remotely, we are confident that they continue to receive a quality college-preparatory education. We rely on the generosity of our sponsors to supplement tuition so that we can continue to successfully educate tomorrow’s leaders.
 
Holy Cross High School looks forward to partnering with YOU, companies and organizations in the Greater Waterbury area, to support the annual needs of the school and to expand our Crusader community. Please click HERE and browse exciting sponsorship opportunities coming in 2021. Join other proud Crusader sponsors and be a part of the Holy Cross High School winning team. For more info, please contact Nora at nmason@holycrosshs-ct.com or 203-706-0788.

Barker Specialty Announces Promotions
Barker Specialty is pleased to announce the following promotions: Stephanie Netherton will be taking on the responsibility of Director of Sales- National Accounts. Stephanie brings over 15 years of industry experience with strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of best tactics for growing sales in a diverse marketplace. Her professional expertise is coupled with her passion for innovative and engaging solutions for sales strategies
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Alex D. Bowen has been promoted to Director of Sales- Strategic Accounts. Alex has a proven track record of sales success, and provides a unique skill set of motivational leadership, organizational proficiency and business knowledge. In his new role, Alex will be able to share his proven sales talents to further grow Barker Specialty’s business.

“Stephanie and Alex together have robust product knowledge, charismatic personalities and the creative insight for sales strategies that will propel Barker Specialty and the sales team to new levels of growth. I am very excited for the year ahead and what they each will accomplish.” remarks Amy Serrano, Director of Marketing.

Barker Specialty Company has been the one-stop source for all promotional and marketing needs for over 70 years. We are a service oriented, innovative promotional marketing agency, specializing in promotional products, logo’d merchandise, apparel and uniforms, gifts and awards, tradeshow displays and signage. Call (800) 227-5377 or visit barkerspecialty.com for more information.
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Eversource Offers Incentives for Commercial Customers that Store and Refrigerate COVID-19 Vaccines
In order to help commercial customers save money as COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed and stored at locations and facilities across the state, Eversource is expanding the number of cold storage units that qualify for energy efficiency incentives. The energy company is now providing incentives for all ENERGY STAR®-certified cold storage products to commercial customers that are rapidly expanding their cold storage capacity to distribute the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which must be kept at sub-zero temperatures.

Whether customers have already purchased cold storage or are planning to do so, Eversource’s newly-broadened incentives will make it more affordable for customers to purchase energy efficient models, which have lower carbon emissions and help customers save on operating costs.

“The historic effort to develop and distribute the COVID-19 vaccines has relied on the collaboration of countless partners, and we’re proud to play a small role in supporting this effort,” said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian. “Some of our commercial customers are focused on scaling up their cold storage as quickly as possible, and we’re here to make it easier and more affordable for them to do so with energy efficient models that keep the vaccines safe while keeping our communities on track to meet carbon reduction goals.”

Products that qualify for the incentives include all ENERGY STAR-certified models – including more than 90 models from leading manufacturers such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, PHC Corporation of America, Stirling Ultracold and Eppendorf. The incentive is $1,500 per cold storage unit.

A full list of ENERGY STAR-certified cold storage can be found at Energystar.gov. Eversource customers interested in receiving incentives for cold storage can contact ColdStorage@Eversource.com.

What Every Business Owner Must Know About Hiring An IT Company
Don’t trust your company’s critical data and operations to just anyone! This Business Advisory Guide will arm you with 21 revealing questions you should ask any computer IT company before giving them access to your company’s network. Reach out directly to receive your copy of this free report today! Plus, receive a free network assessment for your business from Valued Technology Services. Email Doug at dhopson@valuedtechnologyservices.com or call (203) 706-6738. 

Need Help Paying for College? Apply Now for Scholarships from Connecticut Community Foundation
Applications are now open for students residing in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills to apply for college scholarships from Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2021-22 academic year. New, current or returning college students of any age are encouraged to apply. Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The application deadline for renewals of previously-awarded scholarships is February 15 (by 11:59 p.m. EST). First-time applications to the Foundation are due by March 15 (by 11:59 p.m. EST).

As one of the largest college scholarship providers in the region, the Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships since 1989 thanks to the generosity of donors who have established more than 150 scholarship funds to benefit area students in pursuit of a college education. Individuals, businesses and families establish scholarship funds at the Foundation for a variety of reasons, from honoring a family or community member to helping their employees’ offspring pursue college educations. 
Last year, the Foundation awarded scholarships totaling over $930,000 to over 370 students attending two-year and four-year schools across the country.

The complete list of the Foundation’s available scholarships, criteria for each and online applications are available at www.conncf.org/apply-scholarships.

The Foundation also provides college scholarship funds directly to Naugatuck Valley Community College, which the school then distributes to its eligible students. The application for these scholarships, due by September 1 each year, is also available via the Foundation’s website at www.conncf.org/apply-scholarships.

To be eligible for college scholarships offered through the Foundation, student applicants must reside in one of the following Connecticut towns: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott or Woodbury. (Some exceptions apply.)

Mental Health Connecticut's Moving Stories Workshop Now Accepting Applications
Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) has opened applications for our first ever “Moving Stories” workshop. This virtual program is open to young adults (age 18-29) in the Greater Waterbury area.
Moving Stories is an artistic workshop designed to improve the mental health and wellness of individuals who have experienced trauma and/or a mental health condition. This 10-week workshop is open to up to 15 young adults who have experienced trauma or who live with a mental health condition, and/or substance use issue.
 
Through evidence-based approaches that uses a combination of physical and spatial expression, visual arts, words, individual and group activities, and positive problem solving, Moving Stories will help individuals develop an improved sense of wellbeing, connection to others, and a more grounded stance to face everyday life. Moving Stories promises to open up new avenues of healing that will free up energy for constructive expression, interaction, and relaxation in the moment. The workshop will culminate in an informal, interactive, and playful sharing with invited guests, allowing for a safe space for their “moving stories” to be heard and honored.
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Connecticut Community Foundation, we are proud to offer our first Moving Stories workshop available to residents of Greater Waterbury (including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury). There is no cost to participate in this workshop.
 
This workshop is 100% virtual through Zoom and will take place Wednesday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) starting April 21 and ending June 23, 2021. Applications are open through April 12, 2021. No formal movement training is required.
 
 
For more information, visit www.mhconn.org/move

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.

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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