Member Announcements

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You are invited to our free “10 Years of Music” Anniversary Celebration

Infinity Hall Norfolk
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30 PM
20 Greenwoods Road West, Norfolk, CT

Live Music with Eight to the Bar
Appetizers, Champagne Toast and Cash Bar
RSVP 860-542-5531


Haul for McCall – Hit the Dirt to Help Kids Live Drug-Free

Join us on October 14th at the Foothills BMX Track in Torrington CT for a BMX day to benefit the McCall Center for Behavioral Health prevention programs. There will be track races, stunts, food and fun. We are still looking for sponsors, riders and area agencies who would like to set up informational tables to help make this day a success!

For more information please contact Shalyn Sheldon at:
860-496-2100 (office), 910-231-0195 (cell) or email Shalyn.Sheldon@mccallcenterct.org


QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Hello. I want to make you aware of an outstanding leadership development program, Quality of Leadership (QOL), that Seitz LLC is including as part of our Transformation. Concepts from QOL are becoming part our cultural framework, and it also gives our front-line supervisors and managers skills they were never exposed to. We have sent over 80 people through QOL so far, including some shop-floor associates. We have also launched teams focusing on how to use the 5 Exemplary Leadership Practices from QOL – Challenge, Inspire, Enable, Model and Encourage – in practice to engage the entire organization.

Given our size, we can’t afford to have a lot of people off the floor at one time, so we have been hosting Open Sessions of Quality of Leadership for the past 18 months. The open sessions provide an opportunity for small (and large) local companies take advantage of the training without having to commit to a large group. So far MORE THAN 20 local companies have taken advantage of the program; some sending upwards of 20 people over multiple classes (Dymax as an example).

We are hosting a very inexpensive open session on September 20th and 21st

I imagine you could possibly derive the same benefits we have. In the spirit of helping local Connecticut companies thrive, would you consider sharing information about QOL internally at your company and sharing this opportunity with a few business leaders in your network?

Some background:

QOL was developed 25 years ago at Ingersoll Rand’s Torrington Company, right here in Torrington. I went through it in 1996 and it’s had a life-long impact. I have brought it into other companies I ran with outstanding responses from attendees. It’s a 2 day workshop, highly engaging and energizing. At only $395 per person, this is a very cost-effective approach to leadership skill development that is better than anything else I have sent people to in the past. QOL creates a common language around leadership, helps improve the culture and gives managers skills they were never exposed to.

Dr. Mike Bagley, who developed QOL and still teaches it (he has personally taught over 7000 people!), is a tremendous force for leadership and culture, as well as creativity and new product development. I have worked with Mike on and off for 20 years and he has been a great resource.

We sent 4 people to an open session in New Jersey last October to test their response (make sure it fit for Seitz culture) and they loved it. We sent 5 more people to another open session in NJ with similar feedback. Since then we have hosted 7 open sessions here at Seitz, and as I mentioned, have had people from about a dozen local companies participate. So far every company that tested out the class has sent additional participants.

I am a big believer in the program and am curious whether this might be something you would be interested in exploring. Perhaps sending 1-2 (or more) people (HR, new managers, old managers, small teams of 2-4, etc.) to get some exposure to the concepts, test out QOL, explore the fit, etc. and build some relationships with the Seitz team (Molding, Lean, etc.). Again, at $395 for both days, including lunch, I have never seen a more valuable, cost-effective or impactful leadership development workshop!

Attached is the informational flyer with more details. Please feel free to pass this along (and/or give my contact information out, or the contact information for my HR Manager, Hilary Delage (Hilary.Delage@seitzcorp.com ) to anyone in your organization, or in your network, who might be interested.

Profile—Dr Mike Bagley Ph.D.
Quality of Leadership Sept 20 and 21 at Seitz Torrington 2018


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Connecticut Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Winds, Hail, Lightning and a Tornado

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Fairfield and Litchfield counties in Connecticut as a result of winds, hail, lightning and a tornado that began on May 15, 2018.

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in New York. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.61 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than April 1, 2019.

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RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND ANNOUNCES
“LITCHFIELD HILLS SPECIAL WITH BBQ AND BOURBON”

A Bourbon Tasting with BBQ, Cheeses and Chocolates

THOMASTON, CT – August 17, 2018 – The Railroad Museum Of New England is offering a ““Litchfield Hills Special with BBQ and Bourbon,” on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The special event includes a bourbon tasting, with barbeque, cheeses and chocolates. The leisurely evening starts at 5pm at the landmark Thomaston Station at 242 East Main Street in Thomaston, CT. The Naugatuck Railroad will provide train service from Thomaston Station north to East Litchfield, then south to Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury, and back to Thomaston. The train will depart from Thomaston Station at 6pm and return at 8:30pm.

Five special bourbon tastings will be offered to passengers as they enjoy the scenic view of the Litchfield Hills past the Thomaston Dam into East Litchfield and along the Naugatuck River. Guests will be able to savor five servings of bourbon selected by connoisseur Marvin Friedman.

The RMNE is partnering with the Maple End Package Store of Bristol, Fascia’s Chocolate of Waterbury, the Black Rock Tavern of Thomaston, and Patti’s Place in Thomaston for this special evening. Guests must be age 21 and over.

Tickets for this event are $79. The menu includes pulled pork sliders with cheddar cheese on Hawaiian rolls, dry rubbed chicken wings, bourbon BBQ meatballs wrapped in bacon, mac and cheese with 3-cheese mornay sauce, house made cornbread. Guests will receive a special treat of four chocolates upon arrival at Fascia’s. Upon the return to Thomaston Station, passengers will be offered coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. to fulfill its educational and historic mission.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.rmne.org or phone 860-283-7245 anytime. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Passengers may pick up tickets at the Thomaston Station’s “Will Call” window 30 minutes before departure time. The train departs promptly at the scheduled time.

Background:

The Railroad Museum of New England is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The museum concept is more than artifacts: It is also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. Our home is located at the landmark Thomaston Train Station. The RMNE and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Naugatuck Railroad, operate on 19.6 miles of track from Waterbury to Torrington leased from the State of Connecticut.

From birthday parties to corporate events, you can contact the RMNE to find out how the Thomaston Station and the Naugatuck Railroad can offer you a unique experience.

More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org.


OrthoConnecticut Officially Opens Litchfield Office with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

OrthoConnecticut, the combined practice of New Milford Orthopedics, Danbury Orthopedics, Connecticut Pain Care and Coastal Orthopedics, is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, August 27th at 5pm. This event will officially recognize the OrthoConnecticut Litchfield office which opened its doors this past spring. The Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce as well as Litchfield’s First Selectman, Leo Paul, will officiate the ceremony.

OrthoConnecticut’s newest office is staffed by four fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons with areas of expertise in Sports Medicine, Hand and Upper Extremity issues, Total Joint Replacement, Spine, Shoulder and Foot and Ankle issues. The new, conveniently-located facility offers on-site X-ray facilities and is open Monday to Friday from 8am – 5pm.

“We are excited to see patients in the Litchfield community to accommodate the growing need for Orthopedic specialty care in the region,” explains Dr. Michael Brand, President of OrthoConnecticut.

Please, join us for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments to commemorate the opening of this new location at 338 Bantam Road. For appointments, call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628)or visit www.myorthct.com.

For walk-in orthopedic urgent care on weekends (10 am – 3 pm) and evenings (until 8 pm), visit OrthoConnecticut’s OrthoCare Express office at 2 Riverview Drive in Danbury.


Call for Nominations for Northwest Connecticut’s Culture Max Awards

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is calling for nominations for awardees of the fifth annual CultureMAX awards, which will recognize established and emerging artists (all disciplines), arts educators, heritage workers, cultural organizations, volunteers, and businesses that have elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.  CultureMAX is sponsored in part by Litchfield Bancorp. Nominations for these seven awards should be submitted online through the website CultureMAX.org. The deadline for nominations is September 26, 2018.  For more information, contact the NW CT Arts Council at (860) 618-0075.


Alzheimer Association of Connecticut Seeks Volunteers for September Walk

The Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut will hold their annual walk at White Memorial Conservation Park in Litchfield on September 23rd. They are seeking volunteers to assist with set up and clean up, the registration table, handing out t-shirts & promise flowers, directing the walk route, manning the water stations and more. Each of the volunteer spots has a different time range and they will happily work with volunteers’ schedules. Volunteering for set up can be as early as 6 a.m. Most volunteer roles begin around 9 a.m. and the walk concludes around 2p.m. To offer your help, contact Tina Hogan at 860-308-3458 or email thogan@alz.org.


Marketing Opportunity from Staples for Chamber Members

Staples in Torrington wants to give back to local Chamber members! We have a unique opportunity to allow Northwest CT Chamber members the opportunity to market for free to our customers. We are inviting Chamber members into our store to set up a table and talk to our customers about the services they provide. We will provide table inside the front of our store for your use. Set up as you like and market to our customers. On average we get anywhere between 200-300 customers walking through our doors daily. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a part of our community!

Please feel free to reach out to General Manager Kelly Valera at Kelly.Valera@staples.com or through phone at 860-489-3686 if you would like to set up a date and time to take advantage of this free offer.


RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND AND TORRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TEAM UP FOR HISTORY TRAIN TOURS

Torrington Twilight Express – History Edition
Commemorates Centennial of “The Great War”

THOMASTON, CT – August 14, 2018 – The Railroad Museum Of New England and the Torrington Historical Society are collaborating to offer train rides from Thomaston to Torrington and return and a brief presentation by Mark McEachern introducing the “All Hands on Deck: Torrington and World War I” exhibit. Educational, self-guided tours about the WWI exhibit and a light barbeque supper will be included. The history train tours will be offered on two Wednesday evenings, September 12 and 19th. The Naugatuck Railroad will provide the train service for the occasions.

The program will also offer self-guided tours of two Torrington History Museum exhibits,
a WWI cemetery tour adjacent to the museum and the award winning permanent history exhibit “No Place Like Home: The History of Torrington.”

During the First World War, Torrington, with its population of about 20,000, was a bustling factory town served by the Naugatuck Division of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad.

“Every city, town, and village in the country mobilized for the war effort,“ according to RMNE Chairman Howard Pincus. “Railroads shipped military volunteers and enlisted personnel to where our country needed them, mostly to troop ships that took them to the main theater of operations in Europe. The same was true for all supplies needed for the war effort manufactured in the many factories across the nation. This was an era when trains dominated transportation coast to coast.”

Passengers will ride along the same route along the Naugatuck Railroad as they would have 100 years ago with the exception of track changes required by the construction of the Thomaston Dam in the 1960s.

All Hands on Deck: Torrington and World War I interprets the contributions of Torrington during the World War I years. Visitors to the exhibit learn about the nearly 1,400 Torrington men and women who served in the military, home front activities, and the local industries that contributed to the war effort. The exhibit sheds light on the Torrington residents who served in the military as well as the residents who aided the war effort by working at local factories, rationing food at home, or volunteering for organizations such as the Red Cross and Torrington Home Guard.

Passengers will enjoy the scenic view into the Litchfield Hills past the Thomaston Dam, along the upper Naugatuck River, and through East Litchfield.

Tickets for this event are $25 and include the round-trip train ride, self-guided tours of the two Torrington History Museum exhibits and a light BBQ supper of pork sliders, coleslaw and beans provided by Zach and Lou’s Barbeque.

Tickets can be purchased online at rmne.org or phone 860-283-7245 anytime. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Trains will leave Thomaston Station at 242 East Main Street, at 4:00pm, bound for Torrington’s Church Street Platform, and leave Torrington at 6:30pm to return to Thomaston. In Torrington, passengers will walk three blocks from Church Street to the Torrington Historical Society at 192 Main Street.

Passengers may pick up tickets at the Thomaston Station’s “Will Call” window 30 minutes before departure time. Trains depart promptly at the scheduled times.

Background:
The Railroad Museum of New England is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The museum concept is more than artifacts: It is also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. Our home is located at the landmark Thomaston Train Station. The RMNE and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Naugatuck Railroad, operate on 19.6 miles of track from Waterbury to Torrington leased from the State of Connecticut.

From birthday parties to corporate events, you can contact the RMNE to find out how the Thomaston Station and the Naugatuck Railroad can offer you a unique experience.

More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: rmne.org.

For more information about the Torrington Historical Society please visit torringtonhistoricalsociety.org


Barron Financial Group Expands Its Retirement Planning Services

John Seagrave of the independent wealth management firm, Barron Financial Group, recently received a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELORSM designation from the College of Financial Planning. With the CRPC® designation, John and the team at Barron Financial Group are further committing to providing detailed and meaningful financial advice to those at or approaching retirement.  From how to invest during your final working years, to Social Security, Medicare, and estate planning; the retirement planning process can be a tough road to go alone.  As a fee-only firm, Barron Financial puts the focus on their client’s needs and goals, and provides comprehensive investment advisory and financial planning services in easy-to-understand terms. To learn more about Barron Financial Group’s services, please contact John Seagrave, CRPC® at (860) 489-0432 or via email at jseagrave@barronfinancialgroup.com.

For more information on this designation, please visit finra.org/investors/professional-designations/crpc.


Kris Roberts Named Tax Professional of the Year

Kris Roberts, President of The Roberts Tax Group located in downtown Torrington, was honored at the annual convention for the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) in Anaheim, CA.  Roberts received the prestigious Tax Professional of The Year Award from NATP.  The award is given each year to a member of NATP who demonstrates not only technical skills, but a commitment to the profession by taking steps to educate other tax professionals, drive positive change through their relationships with taxing bodies and through the volunteer efforts within their community.

Roberts was nominated, and subsequently selected by a panel of judges. NATP is the leading tax professional organization in the country.  With over 24,000 members nation-wide, NATP focuses on education, ethics and excellence within the tax professional community.

Besides her work at The Roberts Tax Group, Roberts is also a Professor of Accounting/Taxation at Post University.  As Assistant Program Chair of the Accounting Department in the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, she develops curriculum and teaches a variety of accounting and taxation courses.  She  also serves as President of the CT Chapter of NATP, President of Main Street Torrington, serves on the board of directors for the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut, and volunteers her time to develop and teach tax and accounting related seminars to local organizations such as SCORE, as well as other tax professional groups in the tri-state area.

Roberts, a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix,  is currently completing her dissertation which focuses on tax compliance for small businesses located in Connecticut.  She lives in Litchfield with her husband Jay Roberts.


Staples Store in Torrington Joins the Chamber

The Staples store in Torrington has just joined the Chamber and are happy to share a 20% off coupon with their fellow members for cell phone repairs. Click here to download the coupon.