Chamber Member News | July 2022
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 6/10/22 to 7/12/22
Events From Your Fellow Members
August 4: ACTS 4 Ministry Fundraiser Event at Ponte Club's La Bella Vista in Waterbury
A family-style dinner to raise funds for the non-denominational non-profit organization Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., will be held at the Ponte Club’s La Bella Vista banquet facility at 380 Farmwood Road in Waterbury on Thursday, August 4 beginning at 6:30 PM with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

A charitable organization, Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. assists individuals and families who have suddenly lost their homes to a fire, flood, or other unexpected devastation or upsetting life event. These individuals and families are invited to visit Acts 4 Ministry’s 1713 Thomaston Avenue boutique shop in Waterbury to select, at no charge, clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and items to meet other basic daily living needs.

The dinner will include pasta Fagioli, an antipasto course, pasta with meatballs and soffritto, roasted chicken limone broccoli rabe and oven-roasted potatoes, and an Italian mixed salad. Bottles of red wine will be served at each table. The cost is $35/person, a portion of which will go directly to Acts 4 Ministry. Checks at the door should be made payable to the Ponte Club.

Reservations can be made at, or by calling La Bella Vista at 203-527-4006 and specifying the reservation is for the Acts 4 Ministry fundraiser dinner. For information on Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., visit, or call 203-574-2287.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Upcoming Training Sessions
Upcoming Events at Foxwoods
Bash on the Grass is every Friday night in July and August beginning at 7pm. A perfect night for your family and friends on the Grand Pequot Tower Lawn with good eats and good vibes. There will be local live bands performing, refreshing cocktails for sale, and a fun selection of food trucks, plus all your favorite summer games.
If you're looking for a show, look no further than film star and comedian Chris Tucker, who's coming through our Premier Theater stage, July 29! Chris Tucker has been a staple in many movies and shows throughout the year, from his role as Carter in the rush Hour trilogy to his side-splitting sets on HBO's Def Comedy Jam. If you've seen his Netflix special, you know that this will be a high-energy show you won't miss. Tickets are still available, so make sure to clear your night's schedule and head over to Foxwoods!
Upcoming Events at the Mattatuck Museum
Seniors Only Hour (65+) 
Wednesday, July 20, 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
Price: $5 Museum Member | $17 Seniors  
Includes Museum Admission. Guest passes do not apply. 
Enjoy the Mattatuck Museum’s collection and special changing exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment. Private tours are also available. On Wednesday, July 20, there will be a special tour of the Museum’s summer exhibitions which will include, Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, The Garden, and Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art. These exhibitions offer a variety of subject matter from photographs of abandoned ships around the world, to abstract elements of nature, to the historic folk art of two fraternal organizations.

Gallery Talk with Reni Gower
Friday, July 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Price: $10 Museum Members | $15 General
Join Reni Gower, an award-winning papercutting artist and co-curator of the Mattatuck Museum’s exhibition, The Garden, for a gallery talk about the exhibition. Reni Gower has over 40 years of professional experience in the fine arts. Her work has been showcased internationally in Qatar, UAE, Australia, Italy, Peru, Korea, Israel, Belgium, England, Moldova, and Moscow. Reni will be visiting the Mattatuck Museum from Virginia, and this will be a one-time-only experience! To purchase tickets please visit
Stuffed Animal Slumber Party 
Thursday, July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Price: $5 Adults | $10 Children 
Limited free program admission available to Waterbury Public School students.  
Ever wonder what your stuffed animals do once you go to sleep? Wear your pj’s, bring a stuffed friend, and experience a fun-filled evening at the Mattatuck Museum! Take a short tour of the galleries and then paint a portrait of your stuffie. You’ll head home while your stuffed friends party the night away with a whole lot of fun activities. When you pick them up the next morning, they’ll have photos and mementos of their late-night adventuring at the Museum! To purchase tickets please visit Free admission for up to 10 Waterbury Public School students is available, please contact Jason Foberg at (203) 753-0381 x114 or to register.

Harry Potter Day 
Saturday, July 30, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 
Price: Included with Museum Admission 
Celebrate an extension of Waterbury’s Harry Potter Day with a magical Saturday full of fun events and activities at the Mattatuck Museum! There will be a mischievous scavenger hunt through the Museum’s galleries, opportunity for kids to create their own wands, a magical performance by Cyril the Sorcerer, and more!  

Art + Yoga = Relaxation 
Saturday, August 6, 9:30–11:00 a.m. 
Price: $8 Museum Members | $12 General 
Come to the Mattatuck Museum on the first Saturday of every month for a yoga class that combines physical exercise and art. With a certified yoga teacher, Lisa Davis, practice poses that help your body to release tension, calm your nervous system, and restore an overall sense of balance to your body, mind, and soul. Afterwards, engage in a guided mindfulness meditation practice using artwork on view in the Museum galleries. This practice will teach participants to look at art with a calm and focused attention, allowing them to see what is visually present. Pose modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class. To purchase tickets please visit 

Tunes on the Terrace: A Jazzy Summer Concert Series
Sunday August 7 & 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
August 7: Funk That
August 21: Goza Latin Jazz Band
Price: $15 Museum Members | $20 General
Enjoy summer Sunday afternoons at The MATT with some fun, good food, and drinks while listening to great music! Concerts will be held on the new Rooftop Terrace and moved inside to our Performing Arts Center in the event of inclement weather. To purchase tickets please visit

Lunch and Learn: The Flood of ‘55
Wednesday, August 10, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Price: $5 Museum Members | $10 General
This lunch and lecture series offers good food and interesting conversation about Waterbury history. Participants may either order lunch from the Art of Yum Café or bring their own as they learn about exciting topics from our guest lecturers. Join Michael Dooling, former Archivist of the Mattatuck Museum, for an in-depth look at the historic flood that devastated Waterbury in 1955. Mike will be providing a fresh perspective on the flood, mixing in the story of famous A-lister Rosalind Russell, who was in Waterbury at the time, as well as his own recollections and experience with it. To purchase tickets please visit

Terrarium Creation
Saturday, August 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $45 Museum Members | $50 General
Join Julia Cavallaro, owner of The Painted Leaf LLC, in building a fairy garden-inspired terrarium! All materials and plants will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own accent pieces or vessels with 4-5-inch-wide openings of they choose. Be entered in a raffle to win a handmade terrarium by Julia when you register in advance! Prize will be displayed at th4 Museum’s Welcome Desk. To purchase tickets please visit
If you buy your ticket:
In-person BEFORE July 24: 3 entries | AFTER July 24: 2 entries
Online BEFORE July 24: 2 entries | AFTER July 24: 1 entry
Mary Rogers Williams: Defying Her Era’s Expectations
Sunday, August 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Price: $25 Museum Members | $30 General
Join Eve M. Kahn, an independent scholar and Antiques columnist for The New York Times, at the Mattatuck Museum to learn how one research phone call in 2012 led to her prizewinning book, Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). Revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), a baker’s daughter from Hartford, lived an extraordinary life. She biked and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at the Art Students League, chafed against art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about her travels and work, and taught at Smith College for nearly two decades, but sadly ended up in relative obscurity. To purchase tickets please visit

Scottish Rite Museum Van Trip
Wednesday, August 17
Van Option: Participants depart from the Mattatuck Museum parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m.
Price: $115 Museum Members | $125 General
Meet-up Option: Participants arrive at the Scottish Rite Museum at 11:00 a.m.
Price: $50 Museum Members | $60 General
A trip to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library will expand your understanding of the subjects in Mystery and Benevolence, which is currently on view @ The MATT. Located in Lexington, MA, the Museum’s collection related to American Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history numbers more than 17,000 objects. Start the day off with a guided 1-hour tour and then explore the collection and exhibits on your own. Afterwards, enjoy lunch (not included) at the popular Merchants Row at the Colonial Inn. To purchase tickets please visit
September 13: Easterseals Annual Golf Classic
August 27: The Waterbury Spirit of Unity Festival Youth Empowerment Weekend - Sponsorship Opportunities
2022 Brass City Jazz Fest - August 6, 2022
Waterbury Harry Potter Day: Friday, July 29
Come to downtown Waterbury for a multi-venue celebration of Harry Potter's birthday! Shops, restaurants and other locations will host quests, magic performances, wizardly eats and drinks and much more! Details will be shared as plans develop. A full map and schedule will be available day-of at Minuteman Press at 170 Grand Street.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
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Member News and Updates
Children's Community School Seeks Development and Operations Officer
The Children's Community School, an inner-city, non-profit school in Waterbury, is seeking a Development and Operations Officer with four or more years of experience in fund development who can effectively communicate the school's mission and provide direction to faculty, staff, and parents. Submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements by July 22 by email to or by mail to: CCS Search Committee, 31 Wolcott Street, P.O. Box 1746, Waterbury, CT 06721-1746.
Market Your Business with New Opportunities Inc.'s Meals on Wheels Program
New Opportunities Inc ‘s Meals on Wheels Program currently prepares over 5,700 meals each week for its’ home delivery, or congregate-meal-sites throughout the agency’s 26 town coverage area, as well as New Haven and Fairfield County. Inflation, COVID-concerns and skyrocketing fuel prices have brought a record number of new subscribers to the popular food program.

New Opportunities’ Senior Nutrition Director, Yadira Perez recently launched a new “public information effort” that enables area business entities to rent commercial signage-space on the program’s large fleet of delivery vehicles. Area businesses can also rent the Meal Program’s popular, “Food Truck” for special events and promotions.

Perez says the program is designed as an “inexpensive marketing tool” for regional businesses and a Meals Program fund raiser.”  “Those who have signage with us have had good success,”  she said, “and our Food Truck rentals have become a popular focal point for special events throughout the region.’                      

Information on the new program is available by calling Ms. Perez at 203-575-4208.                       
Information Technology Update from Golden Technologies and Bsquared
Business email compromise (BEC) attacks are a type of cyber criminal behavior striking businesses, government and organizations. They use spoofed or phony emails that authorize action or instructions which can negatively affects the target like an invoice scam or gather confidential data that can be used for illegal actions.

While recent ransomware attacks have caught the public attention such as the Colonial Pipeline and JBS (the world’s largest meatpacking corporation)  BEC activities are more profitable says the FBI as “bad actors” and are moving towards  using those tactics instead.

Those entities affected by BEC will suffer not only financial losses but reputational as well.

 The BEC attacks use social engineering techniques to convince their target to act on their behalf without regard to the consequences that may result due to it.

Wombat a cybersecurity firm believes that up to 90% of breaches can be avoided with quarterly employee training on cyber security awareness.

Test drive one module of WorkWise the cyber awareness online education tool, Social Enginering at no charge to reduce your organization’s risk while online:
At the end of May this year Verizon released it’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The trend is the same as the last few of their reports in that roughly 80% of the data breaches they saw were perpetrated by external threat actors. Of these breaches, over 80% were financially motivated.
The top way data breaches occurred was hacking web applications and the top action used that allowed bad actors in was through the use of stolen(hacked) login credentials.
A couple of tips:
  • Assure software, code, and hardware are up to date.
  • Ensure that proper authentication is tested and implemented.
The external stuff like your business website or social media platforms you use are in our wheelhouse when it comes to protecting your organization. Our entry service is our Cyber Catastrophe Forecast which shows you at a high level how susceptible you are to a cyber incident. As a Chamber member you’ll receive 20% off this service. To learn more and to see if you qualify, please use the contact info below.
Also make sure to follow our socials as we’re gearing up for a giveaway this month which we’re announcing there.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to say hello and network.
Happy summer!
Bill Becker
President Bsquared Intel | Email: | Phone: 203.828.0012

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