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Professional Development Courses at Post University: Get Ahead in Your Career
Want to Get Ahead in Your Career? Take Professional Development Courses

In the past, employees either brought skills and knowledge to the table or they were trained on-site. Now, professional development courses are available to individuals and employees to ensure consistent growth in the career field. The future of professional development is contingent upon empowering individuals to pursue additional knowledge and skills they can use to leverage their value in the workforce.

What Is Professional Development?
Professional development is an umbrella term that refers to a collection of courses, educational events, and training that support an individual in their career goals. Professional development work is ideal for anyone who wishes to become more proficient in their chosen line of work, wants to qualify for a promotion, is seeking to attain a higher title, and those wishing to transition from a job to a career.

Benefits Of Professional Development
  • Develop New Ideas
  • Develop New Goals
  • Improved Employee Retention

Need help finding the right courses that align with your needs and goals? Contact Post University’s School of Continuing Education for help. There’s a wide array of available coursework covering multiple areas of study. Whatever the reason you are interested in taking professional development courses, you will find that they offer value and support for you to achieve both your professional and personal goals.
HR Corner: Conducting Effective Workplaces Investigations
This HR Corner is brought to you by Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP. Written by Attorney Nick Zaino
Conducting an effective workplace investigation is essential when an employer receives information that wrongdoing may have occurred in the workplace. While a proper investigation can save an employer from a costly lawsuit, boost employee morale and prevent further occurrences, a poorly conducted investigation can expose the employer to potential litigation. Every employer should have a policy that instructs employees to report any claims of wrongdoing—and especially any concerns about harassment or discrimination—to management and outlines the general procedure the employer will follow for investigating such claims.
While there is no “cookie-cutter” approach that applies to every situation, an effective investigation should generally follow these basic steps:  
Determine Whether an Investigation is Necessary. If an employer has any notice of wrongdoing, an investigation should be conducted. However, an investigation is not always necessary where an employee is simply expressing dissatisfaction with their job that does not raise any legal issues. When in doubt, investigate.
Determine Whether Interim Relief is Necessary. Employers should consider providing the complaining employee “interim relief” while an investigation is being conducted. Examples include rearrangement of the reporting relationship; temporary transfer; and paid leave. Employers must ensure that the interim relief is not punitive. 
Determine Who Should Conduct the Investigation. If done internally, the person(s) selected to conduct the investigation should be a respected unbiased management level employee who has knowledge of the employer policies and procedures. In some cases, it’s advisable to have an independent third-party conduct the investigation.
Preserve, Obtain and Review All Relevant Documents. This includes written and electronic documents.
Understand the Potential Legal Issues. Understanding the legal issues involved will help the employer ask the appropriate questions.
Determine the Time and Place to Conduct the Investigation. Generally, employers should conduct interviews in-person and in a private area that allows employees to be candid and forthright.
Separately Interview Individuals With Knowledge of the Subject Matter. Generally, interview the complaining employee first. Ask/learn about others who may have relevant information. Develop an outline of questions to ask. Ask open-ended questions and listen carefully. Conduct follow-up interviews if necessary.
Take Copious Notes and Prepare a Report of Findings. Take contemporaneous notes and ensure they are factual. The investigator may ask the employee to review the notes and indicate if anything in the notes is not accurate. The investigation report can summarize the key findings and, in some circumstances, the recommended course of action. 
Take Appropriate Action. The decision maker(s) should review all facts relevant to the conduct in arriving at a decision. Some factors that should be considered include: severity of any misconduct; disciplinary record; past practice; and future precedent.
Follow Up. Employers must continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the issue has been resolved. 
If you have questions, please contact a member of Carmody’s Labor and Employment team.

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.
Welcome New Members:
Upcoming Chamber Member Ribbon Cuttings
Member Benefit Highlight
Discounts on Palace Theater Tickets
Did you know that as a Waterbury Regional Chamber member, you can get 10% off tickets to events at the Palace Theater in Waterbury? Use code "WRC" the next time you purchase tickets; some restrictions may apply.

For additional information about this benefit or any others, contact Finance and Member Relations Director Mandy Allen-Fischer via email or call 203-757-0701, Ext. 306.
Submit Your News and Events for November
Small Business Saturday: November 26
Summer is over and for many retailers, their peak shopping season is on the way. A recent survey found that three out of 10 consumers have begun their holiday shopping as of September, while 70 percent expect to start before Thanksgiving. Do you have an upcoming event you would like to share with other Chamber Members and the public? A reminder that Small Business Saturday is on November 26. Submit your news item or special events for the November 2022 newsletter by November 1.
Some ideas for Small Business Saturday, courtesy of WebFX
  1. Let everyone know you are participating
  2. Show your similarities with the local community
  3. Promote a special
  4. Use multiple marketing strategies
  5. Hold a contest
  6. Partner with your next-door neighbor
  7. Make customer service your top priority
  8. Increase your ad budget
If you are interested in advertising an upcoming sale on the Chamber's website by purchasing a banner ad, visit this page for more information. Members can also purchase dedicated eblasts that will be sent to the Chamber's robust contact list. For more information, contact David Huck.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
October 14: Wake Up Your Business; In Person at Raymour & Flanigan
The Waterbury Regional Chamber invites both business owners and representatives, as well as potential members, to its monthly Wake Up Your Business networking event on Friday, October 14.

Held from 8 9 a.m. at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Store at 410 Reidville Drive in Waterbury, Wake Up Your Business gives individuals an opportunity to make new connections, grow their business, and create more visibility. During the event, participants will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and their business. The meeting will be hosted by Chamber President and CEO Lynn Ward.

Individuals are encouraged to invite a friend or two. Registration is free. Register here.
November 9: Out for Business at the Palace Theater
October 27: Harold Webster Smith Awards Breakfast

Viron Rondos

Peak Physical Therapy

Fascia's Chocolates
The owner of Viron Rondo Osteria restaurant, Fascia’s Chocolates, and local rehabilitation clinic Peak Physical Therapy will each be honored during the 2022 Harold Webster Smith Awards breakfast later this month.

The Waterbury Regional Chamber will present the awards on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility, 45 Murphy Road in Prospect. The annual awards recognize smaller companies and small business executives who have achieved excellence. The keynote speaker will be Alexandra Daum, the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic and Community Development.

To read more about the recipients, click here.

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Sponsorships provide a wide array of marketing benefits for your business or organization, including inclusion of your company name or logo on the event invitation, speaking opportunity at the event, recognition in marketing, radio promotion, and more—depending on the level of sponsorship. To show your support for the Chamber and this year’s recipients, contact Chris Caulfield or call 203-757-0701.
Leadership of Greater Waterbury: October 14 Application Deadline
What is Leadership Greater Waterbury?

A personal and career development program which creates lifelong partnerships and develops community awareness among future leaders in civic, professional and community organizations in the Greater Waterbury area. Its goal is to provideeative, interactive environment for the participants to meet regional leaders and discuss the challenges that affect Greater Waterbury.

 Open to business participants who are lifelong learners with five to 25+ years of work experience. 
Leadership Skills Covered:
- Recruiting, Leading and Managing Teams
- Innovation, Change, and Crisis Management
- Project Management 
- Communication and Time Management Strategies
- Government Relations/Civic Engagement
- Media, Public Relations, and Digital Communications
- Presentation Skills
- Board of Directors Development
-Diversity & Inclusion
- Community Involvement
Program Overview
Orientation Day One: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Waterbury Regional Chamber

Orientation Day Two: 
Thursday, October 20, 2022 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 
YMCA Camp Mataucha, Watertown

Alumni Reception and Out for Business:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022  
5:30 – 7:00 p.m., 
Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury 
Class Days:
November 16, 2022 - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - History 
December 13, 2022 - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Media & Communication
January 18, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Education
February 15, 2023  - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Economic Development
March 22, 2023  - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Government
April 19, 2023  - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Arts & Entertainment
May 17, 2023  - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Health & Human Services
June 14, 2023  - 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Program Wrap-Up
June 20, 2023 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Graduation - Post University Downtown
November 16: Job Fair; Register Your Business to Participate
Save the Date: December 14 - Annual Holiday Gathering
Applications are now being accepted for the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation's new economic investment initiative, the Central Business District Investment Program, aimed at helping central business district property owners to lease their vacant storefronts.

The program uses $1.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to establish a matching grant program that would support property owners within the district who were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the program, eligible property owners can receive up to $100,000 to be used for interior or exterior buildout costs for vacant ground floor-level retail space. Property owners with vacant storefronts are eligible for a grant of $50 per square foot, up to $100,000. Any grant awarded to a property owner must be matched at 100 percent by the owner of the property, the tenant, or a combination of both parties. Additionally, Waterbury businesses can be eligible for up to $10,000 to relocate to the Central Business District or to another location within the City.
Southbury Chamber News
Recent Ribbon Cutting: Southbury Baking Company
December 7: Festival of Wreaths
Come and celebrate the holidays with community spirit! Join the Southbury Chamber on Wednesday, December 7 at the Heritage Hotel Golf, Spa, and Conference Center for an evening of decorated wreaths, live music, photos with Santa, and a pasta dinner. The cost to attend the event is $25 per person; children under 10 are free with a paying adult. Admission includes pasta and salad buffet, cookies, hot chocolate and cider, 5 raffle tickets, and a door prize entry. Participants will have the opportunity to win one of over 50 decorated wreaths, including several Grand Wreaths valued at $500+! Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. Open to the public!
Watertown Oakville Chamber News
Join the Watertown Oakville Chamber on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Oak Villa for our 56th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. During the event, we will honor Robert LaBonne Jr. of LaBonne's Markets with the Community Leader of the Year Award; Tom DeMatteis of Martino's Pizzaria with the Unsung Hero Award; and Ivy at Watertown with the Beautification Award.
Robert LaBonne Jr.
LaBonne's Markets

Community Leader of the Year

Presented to an individual within the business community for their dedication to economic development in our area. This person has an impact on the business community, demonstrates leadership, is involved in the community and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Tom DeMatteis
Martino's Pizzaria

Unsung Hero

This person or organization has made substantive yet unrecognized contributions to the community, exhibits fair and honest business practices, either lives, works or owns a business in Watertown-Oakville, and does not have to be a Chamber member. Priority consideration is given to Chamber members.
The Ivy at Watertown

Beautification Award

Presented to individuals, companies or organizations for efforts that add to the aesthetics of the area by improving their properties or key access points to the community. This person or business has made a special effort to improve and/or maintain a high standard of beautification of their property and is a Chamber member.
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Check out the new Watertown Oakville Instagram and Facebook Pages
Looking for the latest Watertown Oakville Chamber news, events, member happenings, and more? Be sure to follow our new Instagram and Facebook pages.
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, visit