Chamber Member News | October 2020
Celebrating Our Members
October 2020
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 9/1/2020 - 10/5/2020
Member Spotlight
Welcome to Dobler College Consulting
With nearly 21 years of experience in college admissions and academic advising, Eric Dobler of Dobler College Consulting provides families and their students with personalized and reliable college counseling services.
Working 1-on-1, Eric helps high school students research and develop a list of colleges where the academics, social life and cost fit their individual needs; explore majors and career possibilities; develop ideas for essays and provide feedback throughout the writing process; prepare for interviews; make the most of activities to strengthen applications; and review all applications and supplemental essays prior to their submission.
College planning comes with a cost but Eric has designed his plans with affordability and access in mind. Not only are his plans less expensive than other college counseling firms in the state, but, done right, the college-related savings a family can realize should help recoup the fee several times over.
While Eric works with students at all stages in the process, he can have the most significant impact with students entering their junior year. Doing so helps them avoid the excessive frustration, disappointment and cost that so many other students experience. At Dobler College Consulting, Eric helps students find their future, and in doing so, provides them and their parents with a service that can be life-changing.
For a free consultation, you can reach Eric Dobler at 203.525.4096 or

Events From Your Fellow Members
Holy Cross High School to Host Virtual Birthday Celebration (October 7)
Holy Cross High School will hold a Virtual Celebration in honor of our 52nd Birthday on October 7, 2020 at 6:30pm. During this hour long event, former faculty and familiar faces (including Frank Steponaitis, Carol Liepis, Sister Pat Jamele and more) will return, current students will share what school has been like since we reopened, the 2020 Crusader Hall of Honor inductees will be announced and much more!
“We are excited to celebrate our school’s birthday with everyone in our community,” said Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, President. “This is a chance for us all to reconnect safely with our Holy Cross family. We promise an hour of nostalgia, laughs and fun!”
Please RSVP for this virtual celebration here.

Webinar: Student of the Market - A 2020 Election Year Special (October 9)
Live Webinar presented by Edward Jones
Host: Stephen Harrington
Guest Speaker:  Maeve Doran from BlackRock
Presenting Student of the Market: A 2020 Election year special on Friday October 9th @12 P.M.
The presentation will cover how Stock markets Historically perform during presidential election years.
Stephen Harrington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Student of the Market Election year Special
Time: Oct 9, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 216 742 4578
Passcode: 771663

Children's Community School Book Fair in Memory of Pat Mellitt (October 10th)
Family Event "Wings N Things" At Quassy To Benefit Greater Waterbury Campership Fund (October 10 &11)
Quassy Amusement Park will stage a Wings & Things family event Oct. 10 and 11 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Great Waterbury Campership Fund. Pre-sale tickets are $26 per person and include lunch with a beverage, plus an all-day ride wristband. Use promo code FALLWINGS20 to purchase tickets at The park operates 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. “Quassy has long supported the Campership Fund to help send underprivileged children to camp,” said Quassy President Eric Anderson. “We look forward to a fantastic weekend as this event will be special in that it will include lunch and rides for all ticketed guests.” The lunch will include three kinds of chicken wings, two sides and a beer or soda. The wings may be substituted with a sandwich selection. Wings & Things will be the final weekend of operation for Quassy’s 2020 season. The Greater Waterbury Campership Fund is nonprofit, all volunteer organization which earmarks every penny raised to send underprivileged children to summer camp. It serves the communities of Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury. Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 112th year and features more than two dozen rides and attractions. Rides include the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Reverse Time, Frantic, Music Fest, Yo-Yo super swings, Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower and Grand Carousel. New for 2020 is the thrill ride Tidal Wave, a giant swinging ship. Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy website at Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.

YMCA's 39th Annual Golf Tournament (October 13)
You are invited to attend the 39th Annual Golf Tournament. Have fun while raising funds for the Greater Waterbury YMCA! The Greater Waterbury YMCA Golf Tournament helps provide recreational, educational and life enhancing experiences that enable opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility ensuring that all wishing to participate in the Greater Waterbury YMCA have the opportunity regardless of ability to pay. Entry fee: Single: $250; Foursome: $1,000

Date: October 13, 2020
Registration: 11:00 am
Shotgun Start : 12:00 pm
Where: Country Club of Waterbury
Tournament Sponsor: Drew Marine

Includes Luncheon/Dinner, 18 Holes of Golf, Cart/Green Fees, Beverages on the Course and Awards Ceremony. For more information, contact Allison Reklaitis, Director of Development, at (203) 754-9622 ext. 103 or

Mastermind Book Club at Silas Bronson Library (October 15)
(Virtual program via Zoom)
Thursday, October 15 @ 6:30 p.m. Our new Mastermind Book Club focuses on themes of personal growth, creativity, and leadership. Books will be available to borrow from the library. October 15 Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. Advanced registration is required, Register at . You will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting by either computer or telephone. Need more information? Contact us at, or 203-574-8225.

Webinar: "Zoom Meeting From Hell" (October 22)
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Bsquared Intel invites you to a talk over Zoom titled “Zoom Meeting From Hell.” This presentation will take you through a mock Zoom meeting gone wrong.  Owner Bill Becker will touch upon the data and information that you are giving away and how it affects your business or organization. This presentation is free to attend and is scheduled for 12:00PM on Thursday, October 22nd. Who is this talk geared toward? Business owners/managers, school administrators, and municipalities.
Also during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Bsquared Intel is releasing an eight part blog series called Project Warwalk that will talk about information security, as well as privacy issues, that affect the home, work, and other issues that tie into the research. These articles will be available at and on the Facebook business page at
Lastly, a summary of the services Bsquared Intel provides to help protect your business, yourself, and your family:

· Digital footprint reviews to look for cyber risks/threats to your organization as well misuse/abuse of intellectual property and branding.
· Due diligence research.
· Consulting/education.
Personal services
· Review of your digital footprint to look for cyber risks/threats that may lead to Identity Theft.
· Identity Theft Protection.
· Consulting/education.
To get an invite for the “Zoom Meeting From Hell” talk, email or submit a contact request form at Also use these ways to contact Bill Becker to learn how Bsquared Intel’s services can help your business.
Don’t forget to like Bsquared Intel on Facebook at to get news, updates, and tips.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Fundraisers at Boscvos (Occtober 14 &15) and Amalfi's Restaurant (November 3)
Don’t want to have to cook on Election Day? Stop at Amalfi’s Restaurant on your way home for a great hot meal for only $10.00! (Each meal includes ziti, meatballs, salad & bread) To purchase a ticket please contact Jessica Reho at 203-754-1164 or email

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury will also be participating in the Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends 2-Day Event this year on Wednesday October 14th AND Thursday October 15th. There will be no need to purchase shopping passes. You can shop online at or bring the attached flyer to either the Meriden or Milford, CT store and mention that you would like to support Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury and our organization will earn 5% of each purchase! This is your chance to get some early holiday shopping done AND support a great cause!
Happy Shopping and thank you in advance for your support!

Jacoby to Receive Main Street Waterbury's 2020 Community Partnership Award (November 11)
Main Street Waterbury (MSW) has announced the recipient of the 2020 MSW Community Partnership Award as Kristen Jacoby of Woodbury, President of the United Way of Greater Waterbury. Mrs. Jacoby will receive the award at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Wednesday night, November 11th.
The Award, created by non-profit Main Street Waterbury, celebrates the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala, former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and former president of MSW Board of Directors. It is presented to a commendable individual whose initiative, leadership, and personal commitment embody the spirit of partnership and community involvement.
Kristen Jacoby is currently the President of the United Way of Greater Waterbury, an independent 501C (3) with annual revenues of $4M+ that creates positive change in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Basic Needs. She has fostered a common vision for the agency and continuously works to meet and exceed United Way's 13 Membership Requirements and 34 "Standards of Excellence".

Kristen continues to demonstrate strong community leadership and partnership building which embody the true spirit of this prestigious award. Main Street Waterbury CEO Carl Rosa commented, "Kristen has made a tremendous impact in our community particularly with those most in need. We are a better community because of her hard work and dedication!"
A portion of the program is the awarding of a scholarship to a Greater Waterbury area student. MSW presented the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Scholarship to Ms. Madison Lisowski of Prospect CT. Ms. Lisowski graduated from Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls in June and finished her fourth year with a 100 GPA and is currently attending Marist College majoring in Political Science and Journalism. During her high school years, she was active in the Student Government, DECA (a national leaders & entrepreneurship program), and the National Honor Society excelling in Math and Science. With her career path she intends to make an impact on her community and the world!
Tickets on sale starting October 1st at the Palace Theater Box Office, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury; 203-346-2000; A portion of proceeds go towards Main Street Waterbury's Stephen R. Sasala Scholarship Fund.

Acts 4 Ministry To Benefit From Virtual Trivia Fundraiser November 21, 7 to 9 PM (November 21)
The non-denominational non-profit Acts 4 Ministry will be the single beneficiary of a Virtual Trivia Fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, November 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The fundraiser will be hosted by GYBO: Get Your Bingo On and sponsored by Halsey Associates. The cost is $20/player and each player will receive their unique access code on November 20. Each player needs a laptop, desktop or iPad, and one smartphone. To register, visit home page, “Click to Give” 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. 

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Member News and Updates
Small Business Owners: Make Your Voice Heard!
The Federal Reserve is conducting a national survey of small businesses. This survey amplifies the voices of small businesses and provides timely economic data to policymakers who are weighing decisions that affect small businesses. The survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed and those about to launch. All responses are confidential and survey results will be shared with participants. Make your voice heard and take the 10 minute survey today!
The survey closes October 31, 2020. Questions? Contact

Quilts that Care Seeks Support
Although this pandemic has brought most things to a stop, cancer has not stopped, and neither have we at Quilts that Care. In these unusual times, Quilts that Care needs your help more than ever!  Financially, we rely 100% on fundraising and donations to pay for our rent, utilities and supplies. This year the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel all of our fundraisers including the community Bingo at Raymour & Flanagan, our dinner at the Ponte Club and our annual cocktail fundraiser at The Village at East Farms. For the past eight years, these fundraisers have provided the major part of our financial support. We need your help to fill the shortfall these cancellations have created. As a member of our community, we are asking that you join us in our mission of “Wrapping cancer patients in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time”. Your sponsorship/donation allows us to support our volunteer’s efforts and pay expenses as they provide these cherished quilts to patients suffering with cancer. We have donated 3500+ quilts since 2012. As always, we will acknowledge your generosity as a sponsor at the $250 level and above on our website and on our 2021 banner. It will be displayed at events throughout the year. We are grateful for any donation you can make. Click here to support:

Tamarin Health prepares to offer a Rapid Diagnostic Test in early Q4 that Does Not Require a Clinician to Administer
Tamarin Health, a Greater-Boston based healthcare technology company and Waterbury Chamber member, plans to offer an antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in early Q4 that does not require a clinical team to administer.  

This means that an individual, whether in a business or at home, could obtain a COVID-19 result in less than 5 minutes without needing to go to the doctor, pharmacy, or drive through testing site. 

The test is currently in its final clinical trials and FDA emergency use authorization process. If and when it passes FDA EUA, the test will be available to businesses of all sizes and any industries, as well as individuals in states where direct to consumer diagnostic tests are available, including Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

While there are other Rapid Diagnostic Tests available, devices and tests are on backorder, and a clinical team is still required to conduct the test, contributing to the continued delay in access to testing.

Tamarin has partnered with Laipac, a Canadian IoT company that developed the LooK SPOT Device and Test Kit. The LooK SPOT Device attaches to a smartphone and leverages Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to deliver increasingly accurate readings over time, even within early exposure to the novel coronavirus. LooK SPOT can be used during the 7-day exposure period and among asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals.

"[Rapid Tests] would serve to sever transmission chains by giving people knowledge of their potential transmissibility status.” Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology and assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health said on WBUR’s On Point podcast back in August. 

“The issues caused by testing delays are well known, and we remain optimistic that offering rapid diagnostic tests to everyone will be a watershed moment in our Nation’s ability to contain this virus,” said Kat Kuzmeskas, MPH, CEO and President of Tamarin Health. “There is no question that better, faster access to less expensive tests can help us change the future impact of the novel coronavirus.”

To learn more and join the waitlist on Tamarin’s website here: 

WATR Offers Affordable Advertising Opportunities
Here at WATR, we have the only local, live talk show in Greater Waterbury. Talk of the Town features guests discussing a myriad of topics and welcomes phone-in questions and comments. As election day rolls around, the exchanges are especially lively and poignant. Our morning drive program "Tom Chute and You" starts the day off right with music, news, contests and surprise guests.  Advertising on our station is a great way for your message to reach thousands of listeners who are either listening on-air or streaming, for around $20 per commercial. e-mail for more information.

KBE Building Corporation Named a Top Workplace in CT
KBE Building Corporation, a $300-$400 million construction services firm located in Farmington and Norwalk, was named one of The Hartford Courant’s Top Workplaces in Connecticut for 2020. Only 48 companies were named a Top Workplace in 2020; KBE ranked 18th in the small employer group. Companies are recognized solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey, administered by Energage, LLC, uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection. “We’re proud each time that KBE is honored as one of the Courant’s Top Workplaces,” said Michael Kolakowski, KBE president and CEO. “Our employees are the backbone of what we do and how we’re able to provide superior services for our clients. Their daily commitment to our mission of building excellence together and fostering exceptional relationships with our clients, design partners, trade contractors, and each other is the reason for our success.” The firm’s corporation philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference, is frequently cited as a main source of satisfaction by KBE employees. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $3.4 million and 16,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefitting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland. This year marks the fifth time KBE was named a Top Workplace. Previous years include 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Eversource Extends Deadline for Enhanced Small Business Energy Efficiency Offerings 
In an effort to help small business owners reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment during this difficult time, Eversource is extending its enhanced incentives for common energy saving measures for small businesses to October 15. 
Any small business in an Eversource service territory can visit the Energize Connecticut website: or call 877-WISE-USE to learn more and request an assessment. If a customer has concerns about COVID-19 and doesn’t want a technician to visit their business at this time, they also have the option of a virtual pre-assessment via phone or video call. 
After the assessment, you will receive a report outlining energy saving opportunities, many that can be installed on the spot for instant savings. You will also receive information on rebates and incentives to offset costs of additional energy saving recommendations. If you participate in a virtual pre-assessment, energy-saving products you can install yourself, such as LED lightbulbs or advanced power strips, will be mailed to you. 
Upgrades eligible for the enhanced incentives include faucet aerators, spray valves, showerheads, pipe insulation, building envelope insulation/weatherization, HVAC air duct sealing, LED lamps and fixtures, lighting controls, Wi-Fi and programmable thermostats, variable speed drives as well as HVAC, plug load, refrigeration and vending machine controls. 
The enhanced approach will be available through October 15, 2020 or while funding lasts. 

Alltown Fresh offers Daily and Monthly October Specials
Alltown Fresh announced its monthly specials for October which include great deals on several different foods. National Quinoa Day on 10/16 will offer $5 Chili Chicken Bowls, National Oatmea Day on 10/29 will offer $4 Toasted Oat Bowls, and to celebrate Halloween, Alltown Fresh will offer $7/$9 Caramel Apple Smoothies from 10/25-10/31. In addition to these monthly specials, daily specials for $9 include:

MONDAY - Buffalo Chicken Wrap
TUESDAY - Ham & Swiss Melt
WEDNESDAY - Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Baguette
THURSDAY - Wagyu Steak & Cheese
FRIDAY - Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich
Alltown Fresh is located at 71 Homer Street, Waterbury.

Learn more about their business or party catering at (475) 313-1301 or visit them online at

Salvation Army Seeking Support of Chamber Members
Dear fellow members of the Waterbury Region Chamber,
I trust all is well with you and your business. I am reaching out to local businesses to cry out for your supports to The Salvation Army Waterbury. During the pandemic, The Salvation Army Waterbury has been working nonstop to serve food pantry (2,787 boxes for 6,878 people) and shelter (18 families of 54 people). Unfortunately, we project that this year’s seasonal fundraising (bell ringing in front of stores) would be only half of previous years due to cautions for virus that will be $41,000 short than budget need.

To continue our programs, I wonder if you would like to Adopt A Kettle by donating $300 to The Salvation Army Waterbury. By donating $300, you adopt a kettle for one day of a location. If you donate $3,000, it covers 10 kettles for one day of a location. Your business name will be listed and appreciated during the Virtual Kettle Kickoff event on Nov. 12th at 6 p.m. through

We will continue to buy food, make boxes, and distribute them. Please join our rescue team. By clicking the link (, you will be directed to online donation page. Please let me know if you have any question. Thank you for your consideration.
Captains James and Jina Bang
Commanding Officers
The Salvation Army Waterbury

Chamber Members Team Up to Protect You Online
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is observed in October in the United States of America. Started by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance in 2004, the month raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity in business.

A majority of Americans (64%) have personally experienced a major data breach, and relatively large shares of the public lack trust in key institutions – especially the federal government and social media sites – to protect their personal information. For a Free consultation contact Delano Paul from LegalShield/IDShield Inc. at 516 967 9814 or email

In 2019, ransomware damages were $11.5 billion and the average cost to a company was $141,000.00. Don't be a part of these statistics, learn how Bsquared Intel can help! Drop us an email at
60% of small businesses are forced to close their doors within 6 months after a security breach. Up to 90% of breaches can be avoided with quarterly training on cyber security awareness. WorkWise is cyber security awareness on line education. Test drive the Social Engineering module at no charge now at: Learn how Golden Technology Services Inc. can assist you in cyber security awareness education & testing at

Wheeler Wins "Top Workplace" Honors for Seventh Year
Wheeler, a community health center and statewide leader in integrated primary and behavioral health care, is a 2020 Top Workplaces award winner from The Hartford Courant. It is the seventh year that Wheeler has received the award. In addition, Wheeler President and CEO Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, received “Top Leader” in the Large Employer category of the same survey. She was named president and CEO of Wheeler in November 2019, after serving five years in other leadership positions.
Wheeler has won Top Workplace recognition seven times since 2013, and has been recognized in the past for its training opportunities for staff, as well as for its mid-level managers. The winners are based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, to name a few. In addition to rapidly changing to telehealth services in March, creating new community health centers in Waterbury and Plainville, serving on the front lines for COVID testing, and taking a statewide lead in remote learning for special education schools, Wheeler often moved in directions not forecast at the start of the pandemic. While new services were launched, the organization maintained all of its existing programs, more than 100 in all, run by nearly 1,000 staff in three-dozen locations across the state.
Valued Technology Services Offering FREE IT Networking Assessments
As we come into cyber-security awareness month (October), Valued Technology Services offers tech tips to keep you and your business protected from the cyber-criminals
Hand Sanitizer that Supports the Chamber from Pure Shaka
Pure Shaka is producing hand sanitizer - stock up and 15% of your purchase will benefit the Chamber! The company has been contracted to manufacture large volumes of hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) to service hospitals, 1st responders, etc. Sanitizer is available to ship OR Pickup in Prospect, CT .
The details:
  •  Sanitizer is 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  •  Factory Direct
  •  Gel Consistency
  •  FDA Registered
  •  NDC Registered
  •  Made in USA
  •  Kills 99.99% of germs
  •  Smells great

Current Chamber Member Lense Robinson of Life's Precious Moments said, "Before I met Eric finding hand sanitizer of any type was next to impossible so I had to make my own and what I did find smells like pure alcohol it was sticky. Eric's hand sanitizer is 70%, its well priced, it smells nice and it's not sticky. I am a massage therapist and that is all I use."

Need sanitizer dispensers? Email Eric at for wall mount and freestanding units.

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.
Text "chamber" to (203) 496-4462 to receive a few updates or reminders from the Chamber. You can respond to any text and we will receive your response!
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