Chamber Member News | September 2020
Celebrating Our Members
September 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 8/1/2020 - 9/2/2020
Member Spotlight
Welcome to Family Intervention Center
Welcome to one of our newest members, Family Intervention Center. Family Intervention Center is a private non-profit social agency that has provided services for addiction related problems and mental health issues since 1975. They promote wellness through education, intervention and treatment. Our philosophy is that alcoholism, drug, gambling and eating related addictions are progressive family diseases that are treatable and preventable. To learn more, visit them online at

Events From Your Fellow Members
Webinar: How to Start a Business (September 9th)
Wednesday, September 9th
12 PM - 1 PM

Join CTSBDC Microenterprise Business Advisor Mary Kay Della Camera as she walks you through everything you need to know about launching a successful business.

When starting a business, it is critical to have the research and plans in place for your business to thrive. Beyond financial considerations, entrepreneurs must be aware of several key steps on their business roadmap.

This webinar will help you:
•       Assess your readiness to start a business
•       Determine the financial and market feasibility of your idea
•       Understand the basics of business planning
•       Prepare yourself for securing financing
•       Know the right steps in the right order to get your business started

No-cost. Advance registration required via the CTSBDC to access the WebEx Events information. Click here to register.

Engage with the Shakesperience Neighborhoods! Event, Either at Hawk Ridge Winery or Online from Anywhere (September 23)
As a twenty-two year-old theatre company, Shakesperience Productions, Inc. has spent the last seven years teaching area students of all ages to narrate, sing, and act the history of Waterbury, neighborhood by neighborhood. The company has also annually persuaded civic leaders of all stripes to do the same for fun and the benefit of educational theatre programs. On September 23, 2020, at 6:30pm, Shakesperience presents “Neighborhoods!” at Hawk Ridge Winery and virtually everywhere! The audience can participate virtually from anywhere, and up to 100 can attend safely outdoors at Hawk Ridge in Watertown. In-person participants receive a glass of wine and a selection from the Winery menu. The event will also include a virtual auction.
Whether attending virtually or in-person, the evening features scenes and songs to celebrate the history of the Brass City performed by Shakesperience students, actors, and David Drescher of Ion Insurance, Selim Noujaim of Noujaim Tool Co. Inc., Lena Fusco- Hassinger of Cavallo's Deli, George Frantzis of Quassy, and more!

Participants may purchase tickets soon. Students can enroll now by emailing to virtually rehearse for the performance with Shakesperience professional actors. And companies and individuals can support the event by calling 203.754.2531 to donate auction items and gift cards to support Shakesperience educational programs.
“Neighborhoods!” is sponsored by Waterbury Police Activity League, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Connecticut Community Foundation, Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Elizabeth Carse Foundation, Eversource Foundation, Hawk Ridge Winery, A6 Studios, and DECD Office of the Arts.
Shakesperience is a professional theater company located in Connecticut that reaches a Northeast audience of adults and students alike with outdoor and in-studio performances, Saturday and private acting classes, school & camp tours, and residencies. To find information on these programs visit the, or find us on Facebookm LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.

Acts 4 Ministry Fundraising Virtual Bingo (September 24)
Acts 4 Ministry will be the beneficiary of a Virtual Bingo Fundraiser that will be held on Thursday, September 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The non-profit non-denominational Acts 4 Ministry in Waterbury will benefit from the fundraiser hosted by GYBO: Get Your Bingo On and sponsored by Halsey Associates. 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 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. 

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Handbag BINGO at Hawk Ridge Winery (September 25)
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury & The Friends of the Silas Bronson Library invite you Designer Handbag Bingo at Hawk Ridge Winery!
Don't miss your chance to win a designer bag AND support not one but two great programs! Friday, Sept., 25; $45 Per Person. Purse Preview: 5:30 PM—6 PM. B.Y.O.S. ~ Bring your own snacks. Bingo Starts at 7 PM.
• 10 games of Bingo and a dauber. Each game has corresponding designer purse.
• ADDITIONAL Bingo cards available for $2.00 per game.
• Reserved tables of 8 comes with 10 extra Bingo cards for the table! You decide how to
• Official Hawk Ridge Winery wine glass & glass of wine.

Miki MacKennedy ~ 203-565-7572 /
Jessica Reho ~ 203-754-1164 /

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.

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Member News and Updates
Drew International Opens Corporate Headquarters in Naugatuck, CT
Drew International, the parent company of Drew Marine – a global leader in specialty chemicals and technical services to the maritime industry – celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and picnic at 333 Church Street in Naugatuck, CT on Friday, August 7, 2020. The new corporate headquarters will provide 15 jobs to local Connecticut professionals. Frank J. Monteiro, President and Chief Executive Officer, spoke about the importance of adding jobs right here in the Greater Waterbury area to attract and retain talented individuals who may otherwise move or commute to New York City or Boston. “It was a no-brainer for us to be located here,” expressed Monteiro. “And as we start to grow, we will bring more jobs. I’m hoping we can attract students from Post, UCONN, and Quinnipiac who live in this area and call this area home. That’s our intent. That’s our mission. Now we have to deliver.” The central Connecticut location is convenient to Rt. 8 and Rt. 84, and is within 2 hours of both New York and Massachusetts. The outdoor event, catered by D'Amelio's Italian Eatery of Waterbury, CT, included several local leaders: Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren "Pete" Hess III; Naugatuck Deputy Mayor Laurie Taf-Jackson; Ronald J. Pugliese, Chief Executive Officer of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation; Lynn Ward, President & CEO of The Waterbury Regional Chamber; and Lisa A. Shappy, Executive Director of the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. Monteiro, who has been a substantial supporter and philanthropist in the area for many years, demonstrated his commitment to the Greater Waterbury community by presenting Shappy with a $25,000 check to the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. Drew Marine is a leading provider of technical solutions and services for the maritime industry. With a worldwide network of service engineers and a global supply chain, the company specializes in Water Treatment, Cleaning & Coatings, Fuel Management and Welding & Refrigeration. For more information about Drew Marine, Drew Marine International, or to join the team, please visit

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.

WTBY Chamber - Harassment and Gender Discrimination Today course special offer!
Waterbury Chamber, get your sexual harassment prevention training requirements done before getting back to the office with this special offer from C3 eLearning Solutions. For the month of September our brand new online course, Harassment and Gender Discrimination Today – Connecticut will be offered to WTBY chamber members and their employees at a special rate of $10 each (half price). Connecticut requires all employers to have this training done by October 1, 2020. This is an engaging online course for both managers and employees, certified for the state of CT, and includes over 40 scenarios, interactive videos, and real-world cases. Register using the link below, pay by credit card anytime between September 1-30th, and access the course as many times as you like for completion within one month from your purchase date. A certificate of completion will be emailed to you in. Please forward any questions to

Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches Publicity Campaign for Acts 4 Ministry's Virtual BINGO Fundraiser
Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner of Branagan Communications Consultants, LLC (BCC) for 27 years, a public relations, publicity placement and marketing communications specialty agency, launched a publicity placement campaign for Acts 4 Ministry’s September 24 Virtual Bingo fundraiser event. A client of BCC for over six years, Acts 4 Ministry will benefit from the fundraiser to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Branagan Communications Consultants specializes in ‘creating positive awareness’ of a company or organization via press releases, event listings, and public service announcements (P.S.A.) placements with newspaper and broadcast media outlets across Connecticut. BCC offers free phone consultations to help businesses/organizations learn how they can publicize upcoming activities, achievements, recognitions, etc. Visit, call Barbara Branagan-Mitchell at 860-210-0149 or email to

LDI Can Assist Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Members
with the Business Challenges of the ‘New Normal’
As a technology company, LDI has over two decades of history integrating solutions to help businesses and organizations respond to challenges every day. Whether the challenge is caused by a global pandemic or natural disaster, a reopening strategy or extended work from home strategy or is just a function of competing in an ever-changing world, LDI can help. To learn about Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Members’ 15% discount on technology solutions, please contact: TANYA SWEENEY, Director of Sales | CT, 860.367.2738,
Special Offers from Staples
Staples presents special offers exclusively to members of Chamber of Commerce. 10% Off your in-store purchase of regular priced items or 20% your in-store order of $50 or more on Print and Marketing Services. Both offers expire 10/3/2020. Click here for coupon to redeem in store and to view full details.

Brass City Raceway Offering 10% Off for Chamber Members
Brass City Raceway is Waterbury's premier indoor karting facility, featuring a high speed race track that is fun and challenging for all skill levels. BCR is offering 10% Off for Chamber Members on regular priced activities! The venue includes axe throwing cages, batting cages, arcade games and more. 10% off not to be combined with other promotions. To learn about all of the possibilities, visit
Valued Technology Services Offering FREE IT Networking Assessments
Drive-Through and Walk-Up COVID-19 Virus Testing Offered Through Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury
Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, will offer drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing for Wheeler patients and the general public, weather permitting, starting on August 31, 2020, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon. No doctor's note or previous visit is needed for this type of testing, and the public is welcome. Symptoms are not required for testing.

Individuals should bring an insurance card and/or form of identification, if they have it. Services are provided in English and Spanish. All participants will receive a follow-up phone call from Wheeler in 3-5 days to review test results. The latest news on early test location closings or altered hours based on weather can be found at In addition to drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing services in Waterbury, Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center offers COVID-19 virus and antibody tests for current Wheeler patients at its other community health centers, including:
10 North Main Street, Bristol
75 North Mountain Road, New Britain
43 Woodland Street, Hartford – Drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 virus testing are also offered to the general public at this location. Wheeler patients at this facility are encouraged to visit the drive-through or walk-up testing service.

As part of its broad range of integrated care services, and commitment to promoting the overall health and well-being of individuals and families, Wheeler’s Waterbury community health center offers free backpacks filled with school supplies, including face masks and hand sanitizer, for every child receiving a back-to-school physical, including immunizations, while supplies last. Backpacks also are offered at Wheeler’s Bristol and Hartford community health centers. For details, visit:

In addition, through an expanded partnership with West Granby-based Holcomb Farm, fresh produce is available at no cost to Wheeler patients during late summer and fall at the 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury location on Wednesdays from 1 – 4 p.m. This distribution is made possible through a $12,000 commitment from Wheeler through private donations and a $12,000 matching gift from The Friends of Holcomb Farm through their Fresh Access Program. Fresh produce for Wheeler patients also is available at the organization’s community health centers in Bristol, Hartford, and New Britain. For more information, visit:

For more information about COVID-19 testing services, contact Wheeler's Navigation Center at 888.793.3500 to talk to a Wheeler provider about available options. 

BINGO is Back at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Is Builders Risk Insurance Right for you? Jeff Brown Agency will Help you Find Out
Attention: Builders, Remodelers, Homeowners.
Builders Risk insurance coverage is designed to cover one specific part of a construction or remodeling project —
such as roofing, concrete, plumbing, HVAC systems, solar panels or cabinets, among others — and is available to
both residential and commercial subcontractors and service providers.

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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