Chamber Connection | April 2020
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Post University
Post University Receives Connecticut Main Street Award of Excellence
Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) recognized Post University for its transformation of the historic former Howland-Hughes Department Store and its role in helping to revive downtown Waterbury, with a 2020 Connecticut Main Street Award of Excellence. The university, recognized for its stewardship, was one of eight companies honored this year for its efforts in bringing traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life.
"We are committed to downtown Waterbury and care deeply about this area and its’s our home,” said John L. Hopkins, CEO & President of Post University. “We are honored with this recognition and look forward to strengthening our history with the downtown community for years to come.”
Under Hopkins’ leadership, the updated Howland-Hughes building has transformed into a state-of-the-art technological hub for the associates who serve the university’s growing population of distance learning students through its online programs. Now, almost 500 university employees occupy three floors of the building, all of whom can enjoy and support downtown Waterbury’s array of local businesses and offerings.
"Post University didn’t just re-open the doors and windows to the building, they opened avenues to connection and community stewardship," said Carl Rosa, Main Street Waterbury CEO. "Not only did we see a beautiful and historic building get the care it deserved, its new function is for such a great reason: supporting members of our community who want an education.”
CMSC selected organizations and initiatives from Bridgeport, New Britain, Manchester, Norwich, Rockville, Simsbury, Waterbury, and Windsor Locks to receive the prestigious awards. Other winners include:
Planning:  Downtown 2020 Initiative , Manchester
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, CMSC will present each award locally in the community in which the project is located.
HR C orner:
COVID-19 Resource Center
This HR Corner is Brought to y ou by Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP.

With quickly changing regulations and laws emerging in regards to the COVID-19 situation, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey LLP has compiled everything into a resource center on their website. There you will find webinars, updates, and overviews on a wide variety of topics surrounding COVID-19, including employment, business services, education, cyber security and more.

This information is for educational purposes only to provide general information and a general understanding of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not establish any attorney-client relationship. 
Networking Goes Digital
The Chamber is committed to keeping our members connected - digitally! We are using Zoom to hold digital networking meetings. Email Courtney at to get the details for the meetings below.

These dates and times don't work for you, but you're still interested in virtual networking? Let Courtney know so she can reach out to you with more opportunities.
Wake Up Your Business
Next Meeting: April 9th @ 2 PM
After That: April 24th @ 8 AM
Young Professionals Business Connection Group
Next Meeting: April 9th @ Noon
After That: April 23rd @ Noon
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 - click on the business name to learn more.

*Joined 3/1/2020- 4/7/2020
Health Care Council
Health Care Businesses Seeking Support During COVID-19
Many of our Health Care Council members that work directly with patients are in need of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). If you have any of the following and would like to donate, please connect with Courtney at and she can connect you with a local business/organization in need:

Disposable head covers
Disposable Gowns
Disposable Gloves
N95 respirator face masks
Disposable face masks
Disinfection wipes and liquids
General-purpose hand cleaners

Have something that you think can be helpful that is not on this list? Please connect and we will see if any of our members can use it!

If you're looking to help more on a statewide level, visit
Chamber Happenings
Waterbury Mayoral Luncheon
In earl y March, the Chamber hosted its annual Mayoral Luncheon, with Mayor Neil O'Leary providing his State of the City address. Business leaders from around the city and beyond gathered to hear about the successes, challenges and future plans for Waterbury. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible, including: KBE Building Corporation, Post University, AT&T, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Eversource CT, Hubbard Hall, King Industries, Powerstation Events, Savings Bank of Danbury, Saint Mary's Hospital, Secor, Cassidy & McPartland, P.C., Tomasso Group, Waterbury Hospital, Webster Bank, AI Engineers, Inc., Luvata Waterbury, Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, People's United Bank, Pisani Steel Fabrication and Synagro Northeast.

To view all event photos, click here.
YPOWR Philanthropic Happy Hour Benefitting Exchange Clubs
Over 40 Young Professionals members gathered in early March to support the Naugatuck and Waterbury Exchange Clubs and their mission to prevent child abuse. Members were able to network and enjoy food and drinks at host Drescher's Restaurant while learning about the mission of the Exchange Clubs and how they can get involved. Plus, they walked away with some great raffle prizes, the ticket sales of which yielded $400 for the clubs!

To learn more about the Young Professionals of Waterbury Region click here.
Hiring & Training Programs Available
Do you need help finding qualified workers for your business? Could you use some financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring and training new workers, or training your existing workforce?

The Waterbury Regional Chamber is working with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investments Board to help businesses in Greater Waterbury learn more about the available hiring and training programs and whether they qualify for them. This includes providing information on posting jobs on the states website, as well as information about Manufacturing Innovation Fund Incumbent Worker Training, the apprenticeship program, hiring veterans and on-the-job training programs.

For more information, contact Dave Krechevsky, the Chamber's director of public policy and economic development, at
PLUS: Need a Job Now?  contains over 400,000 job openings and continues to grow daily. While many employers are downsizing their staff, others are significantly increasing their hiring efforts due to current demands. Through this initiative, DirectEmployers and National Association of State Workforce Agencies offers a way to bridge the gap between job supply and demand by offering an easy way for job seekers to gain access to current open positions and for employers to fill positions quickly and efficiently during these difficult times.
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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