Member Announcements

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Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
to Hold Open House for Prospective Students

Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, part of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS), will hold an open house for prospective students and their families on Monday, March 11, 2019, between 6 and 8 p.m. at 75 Oliver Street, Torrington, CT. Wolcott Tech is accepting applications for students entering grades 9 and 10 in fall 2019.

The open house event will provide prospective students with information about academics and the 12 trade areas offered by the technical school. Trades include automotive collision repair and refinishing; automotive technology; carpentry; culinary arts; electrical; hairdressing and cosmetology; health technology; plumbing, heating, and cooling; electronics technology; graphics technology; mechanical design and engineering; and precision machining.

Wolcott Tech offers students in grades 9-12 a full-day high school program that focuses on rigorous core academics while preparing graduates for immediate employment, entry into apprenticeship programs or admission into a two- or four-year college.

There are several opportunities to earn college credit while attending the technical school through partnerships with Northwestern Community College, UCONN, and more.

Unique to the technical high school experience are the real projects and hands-on career development experience students get through partnerships with local companies.

For more information about the open house, please contact the school at 860-496-5300 and ask for the main office. Visit wolcott.cttech.org to download an application.

CTECS is a statewide system of 17 diploma-granting technical high schools serving approximately 10,200 high school students, two Aviation Maintenance Technician schools and a Technical Education Center. The Connecticut Technical High Schools provide students with a comprehensive academic and advanced trade/technologies curriculum. Learn more at cttech.org.


“Accordion Stories From The Heart” – Author To Hold Book Signing &
Mini-Concert At Rowley Grill & Tap In Winsted March 10

New England Accordion Connection & Museum creator Angelo Paul Ramunni in Canaan, Conn. will conduct a book signing and mini-concert describing stories from his newly-published “Accordion Stories From the Heart” on Sunday, March 10, 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Rowley Grill & Tap at 19 Rowley Street in Winsted. Mr. Ramunni will share stories from his newly-released book plus perform a heart-touching variety of accordion songs.

The event is free and no reservations necessary, however seating limited. For more information, visit www.neacmc.com, or contact Mr. Ramunni at 860-833-1374.

For information on Rowley Grill visit www.rowleygrill.com, call 860-238-4999.

 


Looking to Hire High School Graduates with Technical Skills?

Oliver Wolcott Technical School has a large pool of 12th grade students preparing to enter the workforce. The position does not have to be specific to the career/trade they are learning at Oliver Wolcott. These are students that have technical and mechanical abilities but do not want to pursue a career in the field they selected at Oliver Wolcott or are not going on to further their education. These job opportunities can be anything from manufacturing to business entry level positions. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Pomerleau, Precision Machining Department Head at 860-496-5331 or via email atLawrence.Pomerleau@ct.gov.


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.