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 8/5/23 to 9/5/23
Upcoming Chamber Member Ribbon Cuttings
  • Tuesday, September 12 at noon: CT Protective Services, LLC - 33 Union City Road, Suite 1A - Prospect, CT
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 4 p.m.: Monty's Downtown - 775 Main Street South - Southbury, CT
  • Thursday, September 14 at 11 a.m.: JMS Dry Cleaners & Laundry Service - 220 Main Street South, Suite #2 - Southbury, CT
Come help celebrate your fellow Chamber Members on their special day!
Recent Ribbon Cuttings
Genoa Pharmacy at Connecticut Renaissance - 525 Wolcott Street, Waterbury
15% off Food & Catering at Bliss Vybz for Chamber Members
Do you need food for your next work event or meeting? Need a quick, tasty lunch? Give Chamber Members Ruben and Jenna a call over at Bliss Vybz West Indian Restaurant, located at 928 North Main Street in Waterbury and get 15% off your order. For food orders call 203-757-4330 and for catering orders, contact Jenna at 347-380-2787
Events From Your Fellow Members
Sept. 7: StayWell Health Center's 10th Annual Summer's End Fete
Sept. 8: Dine Out for a Cause at The Local Sixty-Three Bar & Restaurant to Benefit the Housatonic Valley Association
Sept. 13: A Community Conversation - Girls & Women Leading the Change
Sept. 13: Monty's Downtown All American Pub Benefit for Pomperaug High School Football Program
Sept. 16: Battle of the Badges
September 28: Chittenden Insurance Group presents Demystifying Workers' Compensation Seminar
Demystifying Workers’ Compensation – Insights from the Pros Seminar is a comprehensive educational event designed for employers, safety managers and HR professionals to gain valuable insights into preventing and managing workers’ compensation claims effectively. The seminar features a panel of expert speakers who specializes in workers’ compensation and provide in-depth knowledge on various critical topics.

Participants will leave the seminar equipped with valuable insights that can lead to better claim outcomes, reduced costs, and improved workplace well-being.
Oct. 4: A Taste of Ann's Place at the Heritage Hotel
Ann’s Place Is Expanding Services To Meet A Greater Need
There is a growing demand for our free cancer support services across the state of Connecticut and Ann’s Place is expanding our services to meet these needs in the Greater Waterbury Area. With your help we can say “yes of course we can be by your side during this difficult time." Read about our Greater Waterbury Expansion

About Ann’s Place
Ann’s Place provides help and hope to those living with cancer and to their loved ones. Our clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts provide a host of services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer. 
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury: Sponsor Upcoming Designer Purse Bingo; Tutor Training, etc
If you have ever thought about being a volunteer tutor, now is your chance! Training sessions will be held September 19 and September 26.
Would your business like to be a Designer Purse Bingo Sponsor?!? Check out these great opportunities below! Contact jreho@waterburyct.org or call 203-754-1164
October 13: Designer Purse Bingo to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
Did you know you could save money on your holiday shopping AND support Literacy Volunteers at the same time?!?
Oct. 12: Quilts that Care Annual Fundraiser at The Village at East Farms
Celebrate with Us
Quilts that Care Celebration
The Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Road, Waterbury
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023
MC: Lisa Carberg, WTNH-8 Anchor and Medical Reporter
Food, cocktails, quilt raffle, quilt display, basket raffle
5-8 p.m.
Tickets: $45
Nov. 4: Taste of the Harvest Benefit for St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury and Brass City Harvest
Taste of Harvest
A joint fundraising event hosted by St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury and Brass City Harvest
Gather with us for a unique event, featuring inspired culinary creations
prepared by Chef Frank Parafati and the students of the St. Vincent DePaul Merriman
Culinary Arts Program using local products procured by Brass City Harvest.
The event, in the charming Warming Hut in historic Fulton Park in Waterbury, will offer passed hors d’oeuvres with special offerings from wineries, breweries, and spirit vendors from Watertown Liquor Super Store to tantalize the senses.
Special guests include the State of CT Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan P. Hurlburt & CT State Senator Joan Hartley to discuss the impact these two non-profits are making in the community. Learn more about how SVDP and Brass City Harvest
are working to address food insecurity in the South End with innovative and collaborative programs and initiatives.
Tickets are $100/person and sponsorship opportunities are available Space is limited, so reserve your spot online TODAY.

Do not miss this rustic-chic fete!!
Proceeds will be split between the SVDP and BCH. Both registered 501(c)3e entities,
all contributions are fully tax-deductible in accordance with current tax laws.
Oct. 21: Walk in Their Footsteps Fundraiser
Riverside Cemetery Photo Contest
The Mattatuck Museum is currently accepting submissions for their Riverside Cemetery Photo Contest and invites you to submit your best photograph of Riverside Cemetery.

The Riverside Cemetery Photo Contest, which is hosted by the Museum in partnership with Riverside Cemetery, is currently accepting submissions. Photographers of all skill levels, from seasoned locals to people who are just starting out, are encouraged to enter.

Photos should depict Riverside Cemetery and must be accompanied by a label that is no more than 80 words. Photos must be submitted digitally to atthematt@gmail.com. A maximum of three photographs may be submitted per person. When submitting, please specify if you are 18 and under or over 18. Submissions will be accepted through January 2, 2024.

While all submitted works will be included in an online exhibition on the Museum’s website, a select number of works will be included in an exhibition in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 3-26, 2024 will  feature scenes from the cemetery. The overall best photograph will be on display in the Mattatuck Museum for 6 months following the closing of the exhibition.

For additional details about the exhibition please visit mattmuseum.org/exhibition
Member News and Updates
Floor Friction Attains Certification as Women-Owned, Small Minority Business Enterprise in Connecticut
Floor Friction, the leading Connecticut expert in floor safety, is thrilled to announce its recent certification as a Women-Owned, Small Minority Business Enterprise (SMBE) by the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services Supplier Diversity Program. This certification is a testament to Floor Friction's commitment to diversity, excellence, and dedication to promoting safer environments through slip resistance measurements, walkway safety audits, and floor treatment applications.
The certification as a Women-Owned, Small Minority Business Enterprise reaffirms Floor Friction's position as a key player in the industry and highlights the company's dedication to inclusion and representation. Through this certification, Floor Friction is now positioned to better serve clients in both the public and private sectors while contributing to the economic growth and diversity initiatives in the state of Connecticut.
Founded by Tracey Blackman, Floor Friction offers a comprehensive range of floor safety services designed to minimize the risks associated with slippery floors, ensuring safer environments for both employees and visitors. Their expert team employs cutting-edge technology and industry best practices to deliver accurate slip resistance measurements and thorough walkway safety audits. Additionally, Floor Friction's specialized treatments and coatings provide an effective solution to enhance the slip resistance of hard flooring, reducing the potential for slip-and-fall accidents.
"We are elated to achieve this prestigious certification as a Women-Owned, Small Minority Business Enterprise in the state of Connecticut," said Tracey Blackman, Founder and CEO of Floor Friction. "It reflects our company's dedication to fostering diversity and excellence within our organization and the communities we serve. With this certification, we look forward to forging new partnerships, expanding our reach, and making a positive impact on floor safety standards across Connecticut."
About Floor Friction:
Floor Friction, founded by Tracey Blackman in 2023, is a leading floor safety company dedicated to providing top-notch services aimed at reducing slip-and-fall accidents and promoting safe floor environments. As the trusted partner in floor safety, Floor Friction offers slip resistance measurements, comprehensive walkway safety audits, and innovative treatments and coatings to enhance the safety of hard flooring surfaces. Their team of experts prioritizes precision, quality, and customer satisfaction to deliver effective solutions across various industries.
For more information about Floor Friction and their floor safety services, please visit www.floorfriction.com
Apex Exteriors, LLC Expands into Solar
The Apex Team would like to announce our expansion into solar! Going green with the Solar Sister for 2023 and beyond. Get ready now with saving your hard earned money and help the environment at the same time for our children's future. We are always available to answer any questions at 203-923-8121 or ApexxService@Gmail.com
Network Vulnerability Assessments from Valued Technology Services
📣📣 Listen folks! Protecting your business from hackers is just as important as protecting your home with children inside it. By having us assessing network vulnerabilities and implementing robust security measures allows us to minimize the risk of unauthorized access and very costly risks... Take it seriously and safeguard your valuable data and assets! 
🏁🔐 After conducting this Assessment, we’ll be able to answer your top questions, such as:
✅ IF you and your employees’ login credentials are being sold and traded by cybercriminals on the “Dark Web.” I can practically guarantee one or more are and the information we find will shock you. We’ll show you what’s out there on you AND what to do about it immediately.
✅ IF your IT systems and data are truly secured from hackers, ransomware, cybercriminals, viruses, worms and even sabotage by rogue employees. Did you know that antivirus software and most firewalls are grossly inadequate against the sophisticated attacks now happening?
✅ IF your current backup would allow you to be back up and running again fast if ransomware locked all your files. In 99% of the computer networks we’ve reviewed over the years, the owners were shocked to learn the backup they had would NOT survive a ransomware attack.
✅ IF you are compliant with NEW regulations and data-protection laws. The laws are expanding and getting stricter regarding data privacy for ALL businesses. There’s a very good chance you’re violating one or more data-protection laws without even knowing it.
✅ Identify your blind spots in your Office365 accounts. We will show you where the security gaps are in your Office365 accounts and how you can protect your data with proper backups and optimization.
📲Call our office today to partner with us ! 💙🦾 we answer our phones live, dial (203) 528-4253 or you can also go online to get signed up for a cybersecurity risk assessment! 
Connecticut Community Foundation Invests Over $1 Million in Scholarships for Local Students
For more than three decades, Connecticut Community Foundation has helped make the dreams of local scholars a reality, and this year is no exception. For the 2023-24 academic year, the Foundation is awarding $1.1 million in scholarship support to more than 400 students, enabling them to pursue their educational aspirations at two-year and four-year schools across the nation. This achievement has been made possible through the collective generosity of more than 160 donors who have established enduring scholarship funds at the Foundation.
"Across the span of decades, the surge in college tuition has far outstripped growth in family incomes and wealth. The challenge of funding a college education places an immense and ever-expanding burden on students and their families. The inability to bear the weighty costs of higher education can quash aspirations and amplify disparities, limiting access to opportunities and hampering the journey toward a bright future," stated Julie Loughran, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation. "We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the countless donors who recognize that empowering students to unlock their full potential and pursue their dreams yields benefits throughout the entire community. This investment isn't confined to the present; it echoes for generations to come."
The reach of the Foundation's scholarship programs is a testament to the profound impact of local philanthropy and community engagement. By uniting individuals who share a common vision of fostering educational growth and personal achievement, the Foundation has become a cornerstone of hope and opportunity for thousands of students.
As a prominent scholarship provider within Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills, the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $17 million since its inception in 1989. This legacy of support underscores the Foundation's unwavering commitment to cultivating a brighter future for our region's promising scholars.
The Foundation's focus on building equitable opportunities through education aims to help students to reach life goals that might otherwise remain out of reach. Connecticut Community Foundation believes that nurturing the potential of local scholars will create a ripple effect of positive change throughout the community.
As 2023 scholarship recipient Linerys Ramos shares, "I am immensely grateful for the impact these scholarships have had on my educational journey. The generosity of donors within our community has empowered me to pursue my bachelor’s degree in criminology at Central Connecticut State University. From the bottom of my heart, I extend my heartfelt appreciation for your invaluable donations to the Foundation."
View the complete list of students by town who have been awarded scholarships by Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2023-24 academic year at www.conncf.org/scholars. To learn more about establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, visit www.conncf.org/create-a-fund/
Advertising Opportunities for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra's 2023-24 Season Program Book