Chamber Member News | October 2022
Welcome New Members:
Upcoming Member Ribbon Cuttings
Member Spotlight: Catalyst Group
Catalyst Group is a leading consulting firm specializing in Telecommunications and IT Services with a team of experts with over 50 years of serving customers. 
 
Their value is unique. They help clients procure and manage their telecom and IT services, taking away the headaches that drain time and resources. Their dedicated team champions the entire solution from the beginning of the sourcing process through the life of the contract - saving you time, money, and hassle. 
 
Whether you are a small business or large enterprise, Catalyst Group has solutions and services that meet the driving needs of your business. They will help you Simplify IT! 

Their practices include:
             • Connectivity
             • Security
             • Mobility
             • Unified Communications
             • Cloud
             • Telecom Expense Management
             • Professional Services and more.
 
To learn more about Catalyst Group and how they can help your business, visit their website www.thectg.net or email them at info@thectg.net
Member Benefits
Events From Your Fellow Members
October 6: Main Street Waterbury Happy Hour
October 13: Estate Planning Educational Seminar
Tunnel of Terror at Soapy J's Full Service Car Wash in Waterbury
Comcast RISE Grants: Apply by October 16 for Consulting, Media, and Creative Production Services or Technology Upgrades
Eligible small businesses can apply for marketing services and tech makeovers through the Comcast RISE Investment fund. The Technology makeover services include computer equipment and internet, voice, and cybersecurity services for 12 months. Advertising and marketing consultations services through Effectv marketing, research, and creative teams will allow you to gain insights on how to grow your business. The deadline to apply is October 16. For more information, click here.
After two years of some major facility improvements, we invite you to come by and have some fun while checking out all the great new happenings at Transfer Enterprises.
 
We are filling our newly paved parking lot with Monster Trucks, Classic Cars and some speed. Check out the cars while picking up some candy and jamming out to some great tunes.
 
Trunks provided by our car show participants, just bring your costumes and candy bags!
 
Children are encouraged to attend, however are entirely optional.
 
Click Here to see event details on Facebook : TRANSFER ENTERPRISES EVENT PAGE
November 3: Rotary Club of Waterbury: Midnight at the Masquerade
October 13: FREE tickets for Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant at Foxwoods
December 9: Lindsey Stirling at Foxwoods
Combining her love of classical music with electronic dance and hip-hop, California artist Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer, and performer who surpassed early viral fame with a solo career that captured an audience in the pop mainstream. Early on, she was known for her YouTube cover videos and for competing on the 2010 season of America's Got Talent, but she quickly became a crossover success after the release of her self-titled 2012 solo debut. As the decade progressed, she issued multiple Top Five, gold-certified albums, including 2014's Shatter Me and 2016's Brave Enough, both of which found her expanding her sound with singers including Lzzy Hale, Dia Frampton, Christina Perri, Rivers Cuomo, and others. Stirling has continued to explore new musical territory, releasing the 2017 holiday album Warmer in the Winter and collaborating with vocalists Amy Lee and Elle King on her chart-topping 2019 album Artemis. In 2020 she joined Avril Lavigne for the song "We Are Warriors" and in 2021 paired with Mako on the song "Lose You Now."
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury: Designer Purse Bingo, Fundraiser at Boscov's
October 14: Designer Bingo at Hawk Ridge Winery
This event is sure to sell out! Less than 50 tickets remain!
Would you like to save 25% and support Literacy Volunteers!?! To purchase a shopping pass for only $5.00 contact Executive Director Jessica Reho at 203-754-1164 or jreho@waterburyct.org
Upcoming October Programs at the Mattatuck Museum
Seniors Only Hour (65+) 
Wednesday, October 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
Price: Museum Member $5 | Seniors $17
Includes Museum Admission. Guest passes do not apply.
 
Enjoy the Mattatuck Museum’s collection and special changing exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment during this monthly tour offering. On Wednesday, October 19, enjoy a special tour of Walker Evans American Photographs. To register contact Angel Bleggi, Education Coordinator, at angel@mattmuseum.org or (203) 753-0381 x118.

Exhibition Reception: Walker Evans to Waterbury: Immersive Street Art 
Thursday, October 27, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Free for Museum Members and Children (5 & under) |General $5
The Mattatuck Museum will be hosting an evening celebrating the opening of Walker Evans to Waterbury: Immersive Street Art. This installation was created specifically for the Mattatuck Museum by Connecticut based muralist, Emida Roller, connecting the work of Walker Evans to the resiliency of Waterbury. The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees, and sweet treats available for purchase.

Saturday Docent Guided Tours
Saturdays in October, 1:00–1:30 p.m.
Price: Included with general admission to the Mattatuck Museum.
Looking for a more detailed exploration of the Mattatuck Museum’s exhibits? Join a free (with admission), 30-minute drop-in docent-guided tour. Museum staff will guide patrons through one of the Museum’s current special exhibitions, collection gallery, or History Exhibit. Afterthetour is complete, visitorswillhave thechance tocontinue exploring the Museum on their own.

Saturday, October 8: History Gallery
Saturday, October 15: Elemental: Art as Advocacy
Saturday, October 22: Walker Evans American Photographs
Saturday, October 29: Schandra Singh: Fractured Facades
October 5: Quilts that Care 10th Anniversary Celebration
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Member News and Updates
Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches Publicity Campaign for Grand Opening of Challenging Minds Wellness Center in Bantam
Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, the owner of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC (BCC), announced that she has launched a publicity campaign to attract visitors to the Grand Opening of Challenging Minds, LLC Wellness Center at 896 Bantam Road, Bantam on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Challenging Minds’ mental health and Wellness Center will offer free tours, chair massages and Reiki sessions, meditation sessions, and more. BCC offers public relations, publicity placement, writing and editing, and marketing communications services to assist businesses and organizations create positive awareness of their company or organization and/or products and services with their target audiences. Branagan-Mitchell accomplishes this through the creation of publicity placement campaigns that include press releases, event listings, captioned photos, and public service announcements. BCC offers free phone, or Zoom, consultations, and can be contacted at 860-210-0149, barbara@branagancommunications.com, or www.branagancommunications.com.
Information Technology Update from Bsquared Intel
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.

Bill Becker
President Bsquared Intel | Email: bill@bsquaredintel.com | Phone: 203.828.0012
Information Technology Update from Golden Technologies
In 2004, Congress declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages this Agency. Within DHS, The Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is charged with improving the collaboration between government and business.


The theme this year is “See yourself in Cyber” and the focus is on people. CISA provides data and resources to educate you to make smart decisions at work, school, or home.

WorkWise is an online suite of cybersecurity topics to increase your awareness and reduce your risk while online.

Test drive one module of WorkWise via the online education tool, Social Engineering at no charge which will improve your organization’s security.


Test drive one module of WorkWise the online education tool, Social Engineering at no charge which will improve your organization’s security

justin.golden@gtscloud.com (972)679-9738 (m)