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Pride Month, Juneteenth, intentionally designed conversations, and spontaneous community rallies and protests...there is no shortage of opportunities to reflect and take action to increase our awareness, sensitivity, inclusion, and equity as individuals and a collective. But it all starts with reflection.

Saturday, June 20th is the Summer Solstice, a day that has been celebrated since ancient time with a variety of rituals to celebrate the sun and the literal light it shines, and to metaphorically align ourselves with our internal light.

In Latin, solstice means "sun standing still," referencing the suns' place in the galaxy as it reaches the midpoint of its progression throughout the year. This year, maybe we can take a few moments during the solstice to stop and reflect on our progress as people and a community. (See blog TRUTH below.)

At WORK_SPACE we strive to be a space where people can come together, perspectives can be shared, and connections can be made. Although our doors are still closed to non-members, our minds and hearts are open. If you are interested in getting support around your professional pursuits, finding ways to share your voice with the community, or eager to explore opportunities to contribute your talents to others, please reach out to us. Think of the summer solstice as a way to stop and reflect, and WORK_SPACE as an avenue to move forward and connect.

Stacey Jill Zackin
Outdoor Dining Downtown - A Community Collaboration
Urban Lodge Brewing , Lucky Taco , Filomena's and Sukhothai have partnered with the town of Manchester to close Purnell Place to cars to create a truly unique dining enclave. In addition, Mulberry Street , The Angry Egg , Center Perk and 21 Oak and others all have outdoor or take-out offerings to enjoy. And of course, there is always ice cream which is available for take-out at The Firestone and the newly opened Center Scoop . And looking for something to do after dinner and stroll down Main Street? Check out the new Drive-In Movie Theater at the Parkade Cinemas .
3rd Tues. of Every Month - Join us on July 21st at 12:15p on Zoom
Recorded in 2014 yet so relevant today, Ryan T. Parker, Poet, Artist, Activist and Educator helps us understand how to turn struggle into strength. At the time of this post, we are planning to host this event on Zoom and registration is required to get the link.
CREATIVE SPARK: released Fridays @ 12pm
WORKS_SPACE member, local artist, and founder of the New Movement, Karl Golden, shares insights on his creative journey in an interview with WS Manager, Stacey Zackin to be released Friday, June 19th at noon. Click below to see our past CREATIVE SPARK videos and contact us if you'd like to create one to showcase your talents and inspire others.
We invite Veterans and their family members (18+ yrs) to submit art of all kinds. Whether art is your vocation, hobby or therapeutic tool, we value your perspective and means of expression. We welcome first time exhibitors and non-traditional mediums.

AUGUST 2020 ( more info )
Michelle Thomas
Detailed information and art submission forms can be found at: http://workspacemanchester.com/art-culture/
Success Stories on Supporting Arts and Culture from Sustainable CT Communities
Free Webinar: July 8th - 2:30-3:30pm
Learn how CT Municipalities are creating Vibrant & Creative Cultural Ecosystems including:
  • Manchester's Arts Commission, Poet Laureate, Town Troubadour, Public Art, Youth Programs and the Galleries @ WORK_SPACE (to name a few)
  • New Britain Bee Bridge
  • New Haven's development of cultural equity plan
  • Torrington's artist relocation program

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Manchester's Spruce Street Market is Back
Please follow and like our Facebook Page. Click Here .

We've implemented practices recommended by the CT Dept. of Agriculture and kindly ask attendees to wear masks and to practice physical distancing.
This year our market will feature farms and prepared food vendors only as live music, demonstrations, and food sampling has been temporarily suspended.

Accepting WIC and will match SNAP up to $10 (spend $10, get $20 worth of fresh produce)
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the US. It marks an important moment in American history (June 19, 1865) when the enslaved in Galveston, TX learned of their freedom, 2 1/2 years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Learn about rich African American traditions and culture through art, storytelling, music, and dance! Click here.
For more information, contact contact Ed Firestone, hudsn49@cox.net  or 860 888-9630
Come out to show your support of Manchester’s medical community TONIGHT on Thursday, June 18 (rain date June 19) at 7:30 PM during the Cruisin' Car Parade which will follow a route that will pass by Manchester Memorial Hospital and proceed south on Main Street through the Downtown.
Walking or driving by WORK_SPACE?

Enjoy the #HAPPY THINGS exhibit in our front window.

To share images of things that make you happy, visit
T is for Truth
by: Stacey Zackin, PhD, MSW, PCC - WORK_SPACE Manager

This installment of The Entrepreneur’s Alphabet will be relatively short because it is about truth, and only you know your truth. Only you know what you know what aligns to your values, is faithful to your purpose, and authentic to who you want to be and how you want to live. Click to read more...
“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."
- John F. Kennedy (Commencement Address, Yale Univ., June 11, 1962)
Join community members at Equity CT and from across CT as we listen, learn, laugh, and love. This is a zoom call to ask for and offer support, share your struggles and triumphs, and make new friends in a time of social distancing. Things we have shared on the call include: what distance learning looks and feels like for our children (of different ages, in different schools, with different needs), how to connect the makers of facemasks with those in need, how we talk to our kids about COVID-19, compassionate release, and where the heck all of that laundry is coming from.

Check out this great list of books, movies, podcasts and community conversations compiled by EquityCT . Click here .
PPE Loan Applications - Due June 30th

EIDL Grant and Loan Program accepting applications again. Click here .

Connecticut Investment Corporation's MicroNOW Program
  • Loans from $5,000-$15,000 with repayment deferred for six months.
  • Basic Criteria: FICO Score – minimum 675 | Business in operation – minimum 1 year | No late payments in last 12 months (as reported to credit bureaus)
  • Email Kristen Clark - kclark@ciclending.com for more info.
CBIA - CT Business and Industry Association has many links to updates and resources including signs to post at your workplace about staying safe, healthy, and physically distant. Click here .
The CT Bar Association has created a FREE Legal Clinic offering 45-min phone or video calls for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking limited-scope legal guidance. Click here .

List of PPE Suppliers in CT. Click here .
Town of Manchester, CT resource page

CT Small Business Development Center

Latest resources for CT businesses

Financial relief to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses in CT
Make a $25 purchase from your favorite local restaurant or retailer and collect a
“Go! Explore Manchester” raffle ticket.
Prize: $100 gift card to a local member Restaurant & a $50 gas card.
Winner drawn on June 17th during 119th Annual (virtual) Meeting.

Empowered Women Empower Women
GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis.
Click here to start the application process.
Governor Lamont releases rules for reopening businesses.

"I can't say enough about WORK SPACE! I am a sales professional who works remotely and I recently made the decision to find office space rather than work from home. The staff here is professional, friendly, and super willing to help in all things. The space is beautiful! Not only do I have the freedom to make my spot feel like home, but the artwork around the building is absolutely inspired. Connecting with other members here has been a joy. If you haven't come for a visit, it's your turn!" - Laura Beth Hunley
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