Member Announcements

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Book Signing & Mini-Concert “Accordion Stories from the Heart”

With author Angelo Paul Ramunni, creator of the New England Accordion Connection & Museum in Canaan, Conn., Saturday, February 9, 2:00 to 3:00 PM at The Lodge at Geer Village in the Hollenbeck Room at 77 South Canaan Road, Canaan, Connecticut. Mr. Ramunni will share stories from his newly-released book and perform a variety of accordion songs. Free, and reservations are requested by calling 860-824-2625. For information on the museum, visit https://www.neacmc.com, or contact Mr. Ramunni at 860-833-1374. For information on Geer Village, visitwww.geercares.org.


Brandywine Living at Litchfield

Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm we will be hosting a Epicurean Evening featuring Exquisite bites from Around the World to benefit the Greater Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group. The event is sponsored by Brandywine Living at Litchfield, Hartford Healthcare at Home & Agile Life Mobility System. Tickets are very affordable at $15 and all the proceeds will go directly to the charity. All entry fees (cash or check) will be collected at the door, however, for planning purposes, we ask that you RSVP to achapman@brandycare.com or call 860-567-9500 to let us know you will attend. In the next few days the Eventbrite reservation link will also be available for your convenience.


Staples Torrington Hosting Shredding Event

January 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
First two pounds of shredding are free and each pound after that is only $0.99!
It’s a great time to clear out the office clutter and start 2019 clutter free!


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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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.


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.