Chamber Member News | January 2021
Celebrating Our Members
January 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 12/1/2020 - 1/4/2021
Member Spotlight
Welcome to New Member Juniper Design
In 2011, a small team with a big passion for design embarked upon a mission to bring a fresh perspective on lighting technology to an industry poised for change. Juniper would soon become one of the early pioneers of the burgeoning Brooklyn contemporary lighting scene to inevitably branch outward in the United States with a worldwide retailer network.

Today, Juniper is a fully-integrated design and manufacturing studio. Honesty, passion, and craftsmanship are fundamental in our quest to bring upscale architectural lighting to homes, offices, and hospitality spaces worldwide. Juniper has recently expanded its location as an architectural lighting company into a New York showroom and manufacturing facility in Connecticut.

Our mission is to test boundaries in meaningful ways by using quality raw materials and traditional finishing practices fused with with modern technology. We design and manufacture contemporary architectural lighting in our US-based studio with expertise and passion to bring thoughtful and innovative solutions to residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces. Follow us on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look!

Events From Your Fellow Members
Help Make a Difference and Learn About Foster Parenting with Wheeler Foster Care’s Virtual Information Session (Jan. 11)
In Wheeler Foster Care’s virtual Zoom information session, learn about becoming a licensed foster home, caring for children with health needs, providing short term foster care and assisting with emergency foster care. Attendees are under no obligation to become licensed foster parents by attending the session. The session will take place on January 11, 2021 at 7 pm. Contact Wheeler’s Foster Care Recruiters for more information or visit:

What’s Next: Rethinking Your Business in a Post-COVID World (January 19)
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Mathnasium Seeks Part-Time Math Instructor
Available position for a part time math instructor for students age 7 and up.

Required Qualifications:
• Exceptional math skills through Algebra I and Geometry
• Excellent communication and multi-tasking skills
• Ability to professionally interact with students and parents
• Energetic and confident personality
Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to teach students in upper level high school math courses
• Previous teaching experience or other experience working with students
Afternoon/evening hours

Contact: Maggie Tremaglio, (203) 814-1917,

Member News and Updates
Comcast Extends COVID Support with 60 Days of FREE Internet for Low-Income Customers and FREE Access to the Nation's Largest Public WiFi Network through June 30, 2021
Comcast announced that it will extend its commitments, through June 30, 2021, to help people connect to the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic as millions continue to stay home while many workplaces and schools operate virtually. This announcement marks the third time Comcast has extended these commitments to keep its customers connected and to make its services available to families and students who don’t have Internet access.
·        Network Investment – Comcast has invested more than $12 billion to expand and evolve its network since 2017. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, network teams have worked around the clock to triple network augmentations, install new hardware, and upgrade network software.

·        Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone – More than 1.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations – the largest public WiFi network in the country and three times larger than any other provider’s – are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

·        Free 60 Days of Internet Essentials and School Programs – Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program that provides high-speed Internet service to low-income families and has connected more than four million low-income students since its inception. New customers who sign up before June 30, 2021, will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply. 

  • WiFi-Connected Community Lift Zones – In September, Comcast announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 “Lift Zones” in community centers across the country. Comcast is providing WiFi in these facilities to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork.

  • Comcast RISE In October, Comcast launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses, starting with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses; those hardest hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years through grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants.
·        Providing Free Educational Resources – In partnership with Common Sense Media, Comcast has curated thousands of hours of free educational programming into an education destination for Xfinity video customers to support remote learning for kids K-12.

For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:

Foxwoods Offering the Chance to Win a $5,000 Room Makeover
Foxwoods is giving you the chance to win a $5,000 room makeover! Transform your office, living room or dining area into the ultimate living space. Decorate your home with stylish furniture, top-of-the-line electronics and much more! Click here for more information on ways to earn entries all month long:

Chase Outpatient Center transitions to StayWell Health Center
StayWell Health Center, Waterbury HEALTH, and Alliance Medical Group are pleased to announce the transfer of the Chase Outpatient Center to StayWell Health Care, Inc. This is an exciting new chapter not only for the Chase Outpatient Center but for StayWell Health Center as well.

The Chase Outpatient Center has provided services to the community for 80 years and leaders from both organizations have worked diligently to ensure that this vital community asset will be preserved and strengthened for generations to come. This collaboration will expand access to the unique scope of services each organization provides while creating the capacity to improve health outcomes.
The location will remain at 160 Robbins Street and the center will be called StayWell Health Center at Chase. As part of the transition, Waterbury HEALTH has committed to grant StayWell a total of $1.5 million, over three years, to support the operational transition. Current Chase staff will become StayWell employees and doctors from Waterbury HEALTH will provide services to patients as they currently do.

As StayWell Health Center and the Chase Outpatient Center come together, patients will experience many benefits including:
·        Expanded services delivered with the expertise by two healthcare networks
·        Continuation of specialty clinics offered at Chase and new ones to be added
·        Healthcare provision augmented by talented faculty and residents from the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program and Waterbury HEALTH doctors
·        An integrated health home, that now includes dental and behavioral health
·        Co-located access to Waterbury HEALTH specialists
·        Enhanced E.H.R. interfaces to support coordinated inpatient, outpatient, and diagnostic care.

According to Don Thompson, President and CEO of StayWell Health Center, “while healthcare has become more complicated in many ways, StayWell has remained focused on access to care for all and open to partnerships that will contribute to the health of our community. It is an exciting opportunity for patients and local healthcare professionals to bring the strengths of our two organizations together in the anticipation of positive experiences and outcomes for all.”  

Virtual Class Forming for Individuals, Families, Interested in Foster Care
TIPS-MAPP 10-Week Course, February 1-April 5, 2021
Wheeler is offering a 10-week virtual course called TIPS-MAPP, Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, to prepare prospective foster parents and families for the role of fostering a child or youth. Classes run on Monday evenings from 6 pm–8 pm.

“TIPS-MAPP is a journey where participants explore their values and personal connection to children. It’s a place where people learn more about the foster care system in Connecticut and gain insight into the roles, challenges, and experiences of social workers, foster parents, and most importantly, the hundreds of children in Connecticut who need loving homes and families,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, director, Wheeler Community-based Family Services.

TIPS-MAPP Course Schedule: Pre-registration by January 25, 2021 is required.
Virtual Training Topics:
·        February 1, 2021: Welcome - About Our Program
·        February 8, 2021: A Foster Care & Adoption Experience
·        February 15, 2021: Losses & Gains
·        February 22, 2021: Helping Children with Attachments
·        March 1, 2021: Healthy Behaviors
·        March 8, 2021: Helping Children with Birth Family
·        March 15, 2021: Helping Children Leave Foster Care
·        March 22, 2021: The Impact of Fostering & Adopting
·        March 29, 2021: Perspectives in Fostering/Adoption
·        April 5, 2021: Endings & Beginnings

The program is open to prospective parents from all walks of life. Participants can be married, single, or part of a domestic partnership. They can own or rent their homes. Parenting experience is a plus but not required.

The Parent Leadership Training Institute: Free Classes Enabling Parents to Become Child Advocates
It’s amazing what one parent can do! Naugatuck’s Parent Leadership Training Institute Team in partnership with CT Partnership for Children Inc. is pleased to announce Naugatuck’s 5th Class of Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) where in-depth leadership training will be offered to 20-25 selected participants. Naugatuck PLTI is looking for parents, grandparents, guardians or other adults wishing to improve the lives of children, families, and communities to join the 2021 PLTI program beginning this January in a hybrid setting. Participants will become advocates for children through:

• A Saturday community-building retreat
• A 10-week instructional course on community and personal development
• A 10-week civics course on politics, policy and media
• A written community impact project

Candidates will be selected from a pool of diverse applicants. The Institute is free; your
contribution is your time and commitment. The training will be offered in a virtual model (potentially hybrid based upon COVID-19 local health restrictions) in the evenings, with an orientation on January 19th, an in- person /virtual retreat on Saturday, January 23rd from 8:30-4:30pm, and classes continuing on Tuesday evenings for 20 weeks until June. Class is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning with networking and social time from 5:30-6pm. The training will be offered only in English. For more information and to receive an application contact Jill Mahoney, PLTI Coordinator at (203) 632-7363 or

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

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 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, 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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