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                                                         NCCC to Offer Series of Tax Planning & Preparation Seminars

August 31, 2020

Winsted – The Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut will offer three consecutive tax planning and preparation seminars geared toward small businesses, as well as individuals, this September. All seminars are sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank and will be offered through an online platform. The seminars are free to the public, although registration is required.

Individual Year-End Tax Planning is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. The first seminar in the series will provide information on key areas of tax preparation that attendees should know to review, understand, and address before December 31. Understanding key areas will help reduce the anxiety caused by the tax preparation process and help individuals and business owners gain control of the tax preparation process.

Business Year-End Tax Planning is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. With small business owners wearing so many hats, year-end tax planning often gets missed. This seminar will teach strategies to reduce profits, shift and reduce tax liabilities, and help attendees take advantage of the tax saving strategies available to the business owner. Topics such as accelerated depreciation, entity choice, and disallowed deductions will be covered.

Ready Your Business Books for Tax Preparation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. Business accounts that appear reconciled do not necessarily indicate books are ready for tax preparation. Inaccurate books that lead to inaccurate tax returns can result in IRS audits and overpayment of taxes. Topics covered include balance sheet account reconciliations, co-mingling, and profit and loss analysis.

All three seminars will be taught by Dr. Kris Roberts, managing partner of The Roberts Tax Group in Torrington, CT. Roberts has twenty-five years of experience in the field of accounting, taxation, and entrepreneurship. She has authored a variety of tax related articles and is also Assistant Program Chair of the Accounting Department at Post University’s Malcolm Baldridge School of Business in Waterbury, CT.

The Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest CT presents the Tax Planning and Prep Seminar Series in partnership with Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Northwest Connecticut, and the Winchester Economic Development Commission.

To register for one or more of the seminars go to or contact Jane Williams at

Food Truck Drive-Thru Festival

Brooker Memorial and St. Maron Church are hosting a Food Truck Drive-Thru Festival on Saturday and Sunday August 1 & 2 at the Goshen Fairgrounds from 11-6pm. We are looking for volunteers to come and help serve food to cars. Volunteers can sign up for one shift over the weekend, or more if they wish! Training will be provided. There are two volunteer shifts available each day. The first shift is 10am-2:30pm and the 2nd shift is 2:15-6pm. All volunteers will receive food vouchers for the food trucks. The first shift volunteers can use their voucher right after their shift ends and the second group can use their voucher right before their shift begins.

If you are interested in volunteering please let Lisa ( know by Monday July 27, 2020. Feel free to share this request with others. This is a great community service opportunity for young people!

Special Offer for Chamber of Commerce Members

The head of the Printing & Marketing at the Staples in Torrington has reach out to our Chamber of Commerce to share with us a special offer they are offering for Chamber of Commerce members only. This offer will expire on October 3rd, 2020. 

Click here to see the deal Staples is offering you!


Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, has a unique way to showcase your business. Form a team for the Northwestern Connecticut Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the association will provide your promotion or special discount to our constituents. Your employees and customers can join your team and come together or walk on their own all while supporting the mission to end Alzheimer’s. In turn, the Association will send all registered walk teams your promotion. Form your team and let us spread the word about you!

Click here for more information on how to register a team.

Virtual Lunch’n Learn

July 22nd

12:00pm – 1:00pm

If you have been thinking about becoming a foster parent this event is for you. The Zoom meeting is focused on educating people on being a foster parent. Any questions or concerns you have that may be holding you back, can be answered during the event.


Click here to see how to join this special Zoom event.

Resource Development Associates – Update from RDA on COVID-19

Covid-19 Update

CT Protective Measures in the Workplace

Good morning,

As you likely know, the State Department of Economic and Community Development made significant revisions to mandatory rules outlining additional protective measures that every workplace deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow and that took effect as of 8 pm on Monday, April 21st.

The new revisions state that “all employees must wear a face mask or face cloth covering at all times in the workplace”.

Employers are required to issue masks or cloth face coverings to employees. If that is not possible because of shortages or supply chain difficulties, employers must provide materials – or compensate employees for the cost – to make their own and share the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for making cloth face coverings.

Masks or face coverings are not requited if wearing one compromises the health or safety of an employee because of a medical condition. An employee is not required to produce medical documentation in such a case.

Customers must also wear cloth face coverings while on premises. Businesses may provide face coverings to customers and visitors. The medical exemption applies for customers, with additional guidance for children.

Resource Development Associates is providing you with this update in an effort to expedite the procurement of Surgical Masks for your workplace. Due to the very high demand for this product and the Covid-19 workplace rules for CT, the TEAM at RDA will be assisting in the processing of orders for these Surgical Masks as Follows:

Simply complete the ORDER FORM below and email back to either or (or both). We will connect you directly with the supplier who will confirm your order and provide an invoice payable by credit card, check or wire transfer.

PLEASE NOTE: Delivery has been averaging 5-7 business days given the high demand for masks. Although we do expect to announce a greatly improved delivery soon, please plan accordingly for your delivery requirements.

We are hopeful this information is helpful in these trying times and remind you to never hesitate to ask the questions you have of Resource Development Associates.

RDA – Mask Order Form (PDF)

Dale Carnegie Resources

Whitepaper Developing a Resilient Workforce:
How Organizations Thrive in the Face of Adversity

Podcast (new interviews every other week):
Pre-Recorded Webinars:
Handling Stress and Supporting Resilience in Times of Crisis:
How to Develop an Agile Workforce:
YouTube shorts on Handling Stress and Worry:
Virtual, instructor lead training programs:

First and foremost – Sharon Hospital and Nuvance Health are here for you. We remain committed to keeping you safe, healthy and informed. is designed to keep our communities informed with the latest updates and information on steps to take if you have symptoms or concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, changes to visitation policies, how to contact the COVID-19 Community Hotline, donating supplies to our facilities, and news about our specimen collection sites in New York and Connecticut.

Our dedicated teams are working around-the-clock to ensure a safe environment for all amid this global outbreak. We continue to work in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health departments to stay abreast of the latest developments and take necessary precautions.

Please follow us on social media @SharonHospital and @NuvanceHealth for updates and health and wellness tips. Together, we can help mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in our communities.

Seitz Has Urgent Need for 2nd and 3rd Shift Full and Part Time Help

Due to the current COVID situation, in our support of our medical customers, we are seeing a surge in demand.

While we are mainly looking for long-term employees, this might also be a great option for anyone recently furloughed or otherwise out of work due to COVID closures in the restaurant or other non-essential business arena.

Since our surge might be temporary, this could be good for someone looking for work until called back. We will 100% honor a “return to home company” policy for any local companies that have furloughed people and see this as a way to support their employees in a time of need.

The work is light assembly and manufacturing; no prior experience is required; Must be 18 years of age or older.

We are looking for people interested in committing to full-time (preferably; will consider part time) work for our off shifts (2nd is 3 pm – 11:30 pm and 3rd is 11 pm -7:30 am).

These roles might be also good for any college students that are now home.

You can respond to or reach out to my HR manager at

Office Space Available – Prospect st exposure!

Quality downtown professional office spaces available, busy Prospect St exposure! Three separate spaces that can be combined or remain separated.

First space is 870 sqft with reception room and three private offices. Second space is 400 sqft with reception room and 1 treatment room.

Third space is up to 1360 sqft with reception room and two private offices and space to configure as needed.

All of this space is offered at 10.00/sqft NNN equivalent. Buildout is negotiable. On-site parking provided.


Taste of Harwinton Food Truck Festival Expands to Two Days, May 30-31

Harwinton Lions Food Truck Festival

Now in its fourth year, the Harwinton Lions Food Truck Festival has expanded its partnership with the Harwinton Agricultural Society to a two-day festival. The two organizations will present Taste of Harwinton on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Harwinton Fairgrounds, 150 Locust Road.

The fairground location and partnership provides the opportunity to include more food trucks, a DJ and live music, including local singer/songwriter Adelaide Punkin Datzuk, and a kids’ zone with family activities including bounce houses, face painting, games, and pony rides. Convenient on-site parking is available at the fairgrounds.

The Cars for Sight show joins the lineup on Sunday, May 31 (file photo from 2019 event at Harwinton Town Hall)

Saturday events will feature a horse show, including barrel racing, gymkhana, and antique tractor pulls. And food trucks!

Sunday events include a kids’ garden tractor pull and the Harwinton Lions Cars for Sight show, now in its 8th year in a new location, and food trucks. The entry fee for Cars for Sight exhibitors is $10. Classics, Antique, Trucks, Muscle, Street Rods, and Modified will be judged, with trophies awarded to the Top 25 cars. Proceeds from the Cars for Sight event benefit the Harwinton Lions Scholarship and Sight Funds.

And as in previous years, local businesses and vendors will sell clothing, crafts, food products, and more.

A Taste of Harwinton Food Truck Festival is sponsored in part by local businesses.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page:


EdAdvance Announces Student Scholarships

For over twenty years, EdAdvance has awarded annual scholarships to high school seniors and GED students in our service area based on their responses to an essay. This year, respondents were asked to describe an instance when they used their time and talents to serve their own school or community as a volunteer or leader.

Essays will be judged based on clarity, example of talent, motivation, future plans, grammar, and are limited to 500 words. Winning essays will make a strong connection between each student’s contribution and the positive impact his or her actions had on people or institutions in their community.

All applications are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Four graduating high school seniors from within the EdAdvance service area will be awarded a $1,500 college scholarship on or around May 8, 2020.

Application submission instructions can be found at For more information on these scholarships, contact Abby Peklo, Director of Student and Community Programs at or 860.567.0863 x1166.

CHWC Now Offers DOT Exams

We are pleased to announce that Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) now offers DOT examinations. Our qualified provider is Joann M. Orsatti, NP-C, who works out of our Torrington office at 469 Migeon Avenue and has been practicing in NW Connecticut for more than 16 years.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHWC is pleased to provide the DOT exam for just $90.

Please let your human resources department know we would be pleased to serve you, and have your employees contact us to make an appointment by calling 860-489-0931.

Northwest Community Learning Center Seeks Volunteers

The Northwest Community Learning Center located in the glass building on East Main Street in Torrington is in need of Literacy volunteers. They tutor elementary school and middle school children who are having problems with reading, writing and math. You will be trained.

The time is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 PM for middle school students. It will be on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 PM for elementary school children.

Please help us to help these children reach their goals in life.

Call June Zeiner at 860-489-7258.

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

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

For more information on this designation, please visit

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.