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Dear Community Members,

Northwestern’s Honor Society students are hosting a Friendsgiving fundraiser on Friday, Nov 30th.

This is an opportunity to not only support our honors students as they try to raise money to go to the National Convention in the spring, it is also an opportunity to sit down and eat a meal with these exciting, dedicated students.

Please consider joining them for a lovely pork dinner, good conversation, and a short presentation on the work they have been doing for the community.

They have also collected items for a silent auction so you can bid on fun prizes like one of Debbie Payne’s delicious cakes, a DNA ancestry kit, or a signed baseball.

Please consider joining them for this lovely event. Tickets are $20.

NCCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting a fundraiser that we are calling “Friendsgiving”. We are trying to raise funds for our members to attend the PTK International Conference in April 2019 in Florida and would love your help. Chapter members and advisors will serve dinner. Our guests will then get to see a presentation of the work that PTK does on campus. The evening will culminate in a silent auction. Please join us in the fun!
When: Friday, November 30th at 6pm
Where: NCCC, Arts & Science Building Atrium
Tickets: $20 each, available in the Office of Student Activities (GW110), ASB 204, the Faculty Secretary’s office (FX217), and/or Todd Bryda’s office (FX316).

Thank you for your continued support of our college and our students,
Sharon Gusky
NCCC Professor and Honor Society Tri-advisor

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Litchfield County Women’s Association- November 14th Meeting

LCWN meets every third Wednesday of each month (except for August ) at 5:30 pm. All meetings take place at Princeton Venture Hub, 27 Siemon Company Drive, 3rd Floor in Watertown, CT. 06795 Meetings are a buffet dinner, followed up LCWN news, speaker and networking.

$25 Member & $30 Non-Member

November 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm – Warm clothing & food Drive
December 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm – Toy Drive

November 14, 2018 Meeting

Speaker-Tanya Detrik, Author, Speaker & Writer,
Tanya Detrik is an award-winning author, a speaker and a copywriter. Her blog, Simply Inspiring Perspective won a 2017 Connecticut Press Club award. Her essay, The Little Bus won 1st Place in the 2015 Trumbull Arts Council Literary Awards. Her articles have been published in regional and national home design/architecture magazines. Her first book, Waking Up with Nora, is a memoir of selfdiscovery and transformation as catalyzed by her crib-side vigils during her infant granddaughter’s epilepsy and brain surgeries. Passionate about the challenges of special needs children and their families, all proceeds from Waking Up with Nora go to helping them. She is currently working on her second book about the power of perspective.

Questions? Contact Lori Cheever – or 860-309-4485.

You are Cordially Invited to the 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
at the Community Health and Wellness Center

It’s been a wonderful year at CHWC, and as Thanksgiving nears, we like to take time to think about all the things we have to be grateful for. We have much to be thankful for – most especially for YOU – our patients, volunteers, donors, partners, staff members, friends, and neighbors. Your support and belief in our mission to bring high-quality healthcare to all residents of the northwest corner of Connecticut inspires us every day!

We’d like to show our gratitude, and hope you’ll join us for a complimentary breakfast on Wednesday, November 14th, at our Torrington Center, 469 Migeon Avenue, from 9 am to 11 am.

Please join us for a complimentary breakfast.
Wednesday, November 14th, 9-11 AM
Community Health & Wellness Center
469 Migeon Ave., Torrington, CT

Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you!

The Annual Bridal Event 2019

Everything a bride needs to plan a perfect wedding!
January 20, 2019
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

At the Warner Theatre Carole & Ray Neag Performing Arts Center

82 Main Street, Torrington.

Over 60 vendors and venues to help with all of your wedding needs!

FREE Admission!

FREE Raffle! Win Limousine service for your wedding!

For more information, call Lucille Kelsey, Event Planner- 860-309-8080

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

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 Loan applications can be downloaded from 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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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 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.

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

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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.