Naugatuck Chamber Connection | September 2020
A Message from our Director
Upcoming Events
Chamber Golf Challenge
Monday, September 28th
11:00 AM
Virtual Meeting with Mayor O'Leary
Wednesday, September 30th
2:00 PM
5th District Congressional Debate
Wednesday, October 7th
10:00 AM
Business Women's Forum
Wednesday, October 14th
1:00 PM
Virtual Networking:
Wake Up Your Business
Wake Up Your Business Networking Group
Friday, September 25
8:00 AM
Virtual Duck Celebration:
Thank You for Your Support
Thank you to everyone who supported the success of this year's Virtudal Duck Day! The Chamber was able to support 41 participating non-profits with over $11,000. Special thanks to website builder Digital Traffic Factory and video production company MazzMedia for their involvement.

Missed the video? Click below to watch!
Thank you so much to our Virtual Duck Celebration Sponsors! Tidal Sponsor: Universal Copy LLC; Mandarin Sponsors: Ion Bank, Liberty Bank, PowerStation Events; Mallard Sponsors: Big Y, Citizen's News, Ferrari's Appliance, The Fit Factory, MyEyeDr., Nardelli's Grinder Shoppes, Post University, StateFarm - McCormack Insurance Agency, Republican-American, Saint Mary's Hospital - Trinity Health of New England; Super Hero Sponsors: Luso Cleaning Service, Sarracco Mechanical Services; Rock Climbing Wall Sponsor: Russell Stutsky, Attorney at Law; Pintail Sponsors: Access Rehab Centers; Alderson-Ford Funeral Homes, Inc., Down to Earth Consulting, LLC, FD Community Federal Credit Union, H.J. Bushka & Sons Lumber & Millwork Company, KarTele Mobile Electronics, Naugatuck YMCA, Overhead Door Company of Waterbury, USA Waste & Recycling, Inc., WATR 1320 AM Radio, Wellmore Behavioral Health.
26th Annual Naugatuck Chamber
& YMCA Golf Tournament
The Naugatuck Chamber and the Naugatuck YMCA held their annual Golf Tournament on August 17th, hosting a successful fundraiser to support both organizations. Congratulations to the two winning teams: Best Ball winning team including Seth Bronko, Kevin McSherry, Ned Fitzpatrick and David Labriola; and the Scramble winning team including Brian Cyr, Russell Stutsky, Chris Yeaton and Eric Villanova.

Thank you for the companies that have supported the event, including: Outing Sponsor Drew International; Dinner Sponsor Ion Bank; Cart Sponsors Drew Marine and Re/Max Rise; Air Cannon Sponsor McSherry Law Office; Drink Tent Sponsors Station-Glo and State Farm Insurance - McCormack Insurance Agency; Cigar Sponsor The Ivy at Watertown; Snack Bar Sponsor Luso Cleaning Service; Hole in One Sponsors Chittenden Group and J&M Automotive; Sign Sponsor: I95 Signs; Putting Green Sponsors Attorney Tim Fitzpatrick, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers, Saint Mary's Hospital, and Synagro Northeast; and Tee/Green Sponsors The Arthur G. Russell Company, B & G Sports Company, Inc., Bronko Construction LLC, Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, Attorney Esmeralda Bardhollari, Envirocare Pest Control, Festo Corporation, Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos & Sousa P.C., Goldenrod Corporation, Greco Inspections, Labriola & Labriola LLC, Law Office of Fred Dlugokecki, Lions Club of Beacon Falls, Morrissey Morrissey & Mooney LLC, Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, Pedestal Technology, Stutsky Law LLC, and Valley Floor Covering.
News & 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

Post University Athletics to Host Golf Outing at The Country Club of Waterbury
The Post University Athletic Department Golf Tournament benefiting the University’s 23 athletic programs will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at The Country Club of Waterbury.

The tournament will be a scramble format with registration at 10:00 a.m., a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. followed by dinner at Jessie Camille's beginning at 4 p.m. (615 Church Street, Naugatuck).

The cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. The price includes greens fees, cart, dinner, and a gift bag. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one.

All proceeds from the tournament will be used to enhance the student-athlete experience at Post University and support our 23 NCAA Division II athletic programs.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available at multiple price levels. Those interested in getting more information on sponsorship or the tournament can check out the tournament brochure.
If you have questions, please contact Michael Brienza at (203) 650-5320 or or Marc Kuntz at (978) 726-6850 or

Eversource Extends Deadline for Enhanced Small Business Energy Efficiency Offerings 
In an effort to help small business owners reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment during this difficult time, Eversource is extending its enhanced incentives for common energy saving measures for small businesses to October 15. 
Any small business in an Eversource service territory can visit the Energize Connecticut website: or call 877-WISE-USE to learn more and request an assessment. If a customer has concerns about COVID-19 and doesn’t want a technician to visit their business at this time, they also have the option of a virtual pre-assessment via phone or video call. 
After the assessment, you will receive a report outlining energy saving opportunities, many that can be installed on the spot for instant savings. You will also receive information on rebates and incentives to offset costs of additional energy saving recommendations. If you participate in a virtual pre-assessment, energy-saving products you can install yourself, such as LED lightbulbs or advanced power strips, will be mailed to you. 
Upgrades eligible for the enhanced incentives include faucet aerators, spray valves, showerheads, pipe insulation, building envelope insulation/weatherization, HVAC air duct sealing, LED lamps and fixtures, lighting controls, Wi-Fi and programmable thermostats, variable speed drives as well as HVAC, plug load, refrigeration and vending machine controls. 
The enhanced approach will be available through October 15, 2020 or while funding lasts. 
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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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