Member Announcements

Email Member happenings and announcements to Lauren at lauren@nwctchamberofcommerce.org


Annual Conference of the Connecticut Psychological Association

The Connecticut Psychological Association is Calling for Submissions for Presentations for the Annual Conference to be held virtually or in person (TBD) at Yale in November. Chamber Members might consider advertising their company by sponsoring, attending the conference or sponsoring students to attend. Please contact Dr. Sampson, at dr@sampsonpsych.com or refer to the www.CTPsychologicalAssociation.org 


May 6, 2021


Infinity Hall Reopening Update

REOPENING UPDATE

Friends,

 

The past year has been incredibly challenging for live music and without your support we would not have made it this far.  So, first and foremost, thank you. We are thrilled to be writing you with good news – between the vaccine roll-out, loosening of statewide restrictions and federal support we have a lot to be optimistic (albeit patient) about.

 

WE ARE MOVING AS FAST AS WE CAN TO OPEN BOTH INFINITY HALL NORFOLK AND HARTFORD!

 

We know you are going to have lots of questions regarding shows, set up, guidelines, reservations, and so on. We will address them all, but for today here are some general announcements.

  • Weekly emails and updates will commence with this email. Next week we will be announcing new shows, providing updates on rescheduled shows as well as previously postponed shows that are still pending.
  • Tickets are available for upcoming shows online only. Please visit www.infinityhall.com.
  • We have taken all shows prior to June 1 off sale as we are in the process of securing new dates for those. Additionally, some shows may be updated based on artist touring schedules and our reopening plan.
  • If you were an active loyalty program member as of March 2020 and are unable to get your member discount at checkout, please email us at hartfordboxoffice@infinityhall.com with your receipt and we will issue your discount as a credit or partial refund.
  • The Governor has announced all remaining business restrictions will end on May 19 with indoor masking expected to continue.

We couldn’t be more excited about getting back to live music but for the coming weeks we ask for your continued patience and understanding. Please allow 3-5 business days for us to get back to you. The best way to reach us is through email: hartfordboxoffice@infinityhall.com.

 

Again, thank you for your continued support. The wait is almost over.

 


May 6, 2021


Litchfield Community Center- Summer Sunrise Serenade

Summer Sunrise Serenade

Begin your day with beautiful live music!

8:00—9:00 a.m.

With Special Guest Performers:

Wednesday, June 9: P. Martin Vanek, Flautist

Wednesday, July 7: Hank Milligan, Pianist

Wednesday, August 4: Wendy Kerner, Harpist

Wednesday, September 1: Dale Osterman, Cellist

Vanessa Hammond, Flautist

*Bring Lawn Chair or Blanket*

Performances will be held outdoors

(Inside Atrium if weather is inclement)

Donations welcome

Register: www.thecommunitycenter.org or 860-567-8302

All Social Distancing and Safety Protocol Will Be Followed

 

 


April 16, 2021


NCCC Portable Mechatronics Lab Training Program

Is your company increasing automation?

The North-West Community College’s new Portable Mechatronics Lab Training Program can both expose employees unfamiliar with this fast growing industry and upskill those that do!  It’s manufacturing 4.0!

This entire training is portable and can be delivered WHEN and WHERE you want it! Custom content and scheduling. Hold the training at your local Community College campus or safely at your own facility.

The possibilities are limitless.
Contact Gary Carra at 860.253.3128 or gcarra@asnuntuck.edu to design the perfect program for your workforce today.

Earn a Certificate in Mechatronics/Automation upon successful completion!

Click here for more information.

 


April 8, 2021


Rotary Club of Torrington/Winsted Areas Scholarship for High School Seniors

Rotary Club of Torrington/Winsted Areas Scholarship Application

This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student(s) who are planning to attend college after high school graduation. The number and amount of scholarships given is dependent on club resources. Applicants must, at a minimum, meet criteria listed below.

The scholarship committee reviews every submitted application and screens for those it wishes to interview in the selection process.

The criterion includes:
1) The Student has to have applied and/or been accepted to an accredited
institution of higher education and plans to attend;
2) The Student is a resident of Torrington, Winsted, New Hartford,
Barkhamsted, Norfolk, Colebrook, Harwinton or Goshen or is a direct
relative of an active Torrington/Winsted Rotary member.
3) The Student demonstrates financial need;
4) The Student demonstrates academic achievement,
5) The Student demonstrates the characteristics of good citizenship

All applications need to be submitted by April 30 of the applicable year. The scholarships are awarded on or before July 1 of the applicable year. Awards are dependent on student’s acceptance into an institution of higher education. You can download the application at www.twrotary.org.


April 7, 2021


Chorus Angelicus Virtual Spring Concert

THE ARROW AND THE SONG

A Spring Celebration in Music

 

CHORUS ANGELICUS & GAUDEAMUS

Gabriel Löfvall, Artistic Director

Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Premiere takes place on our website, Facebook Live, and YouTube channel

 

Welcome the warmer weather and a return to new life with Chorus Angelicus Virtual Spring Concert: our choristers have continued to rehearse remotely using technology, and …aren’t they ready to show you the fruits of their work! Reflective choral moments, rich harmonies, lilting piano and organ accompaniments, the sound of brass and strings, they will all combine with the magic of the recording studio to come to you in the intimacy of your homes.

A special highlight of this program will be the premiere of a new choral work by acclaimed British/American composer Nicholas White, former Artistic Director for Chorus Angelicus. White’s composition launches the beginning of our 30th Anniversary festivities. Especially commissioned for “virtual choir,” The Arrow and the Song, based on the famous poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is poised to captivate your imagination with the appeal of its verse and the new sounds that Nicholas White has conjured up from it.

Further splendid works by Daley, Fauré, Jacobson, Mozart, and Pergolesi, are guaranteed to provide your ears with much aesthetic pleasure. In addition to the highlighted poem by Longfellow, other featured poets include Charles Dickens, Jean Racine, and William Shakespeare, so the feast for the senses is complete, for sure!

 

Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus

Gabriel Löfvall, Artistic Director

Andrew Skinner, Junior Choir & Technology Director

Karen Sovak, Angels in Training Director

Bethany Lee, Program Administrator & Office Manager


March 31, 2021


SBA to Open Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Applications on April 8th

SBA to Open Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

for Applications on April 8 at 12 p.m. EDT

Help is here with $16.2 billion for venues, theatres, and more 

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as those eligible entities are some of the first that had to shutter their doors a year ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Concerts, plays, dance performances, movie premieres, museum exhibits – these are the lifeblood of culture and community, and often the anchor for travel, tourism and neighborhood food and retail stores. We know that for the stage and venue operators across the nation that help make this culture happen, the pandemic has been devastating. Too many have been forced to lower the final curtain on their businesses. Today, with more than $16.2 billion available through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, help is here,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The SBA is committed to moving as quickly as possible to deliver this vital funding effectively and equitably – ensuring relief goes to those venue operators whose revenues have been most impacted by the pandemic.”

 

The SVOG program was appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. Of these funds, at least $2 billion is reserved for eligible SVOG applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to a maximum amount of $10 million for a single grant.

 

The SBA is accepting SVOG applications on a first-in, first-out basis and allocating applicants to respective priority periods as it receives applications. The first 14 days of SVOG awards, which are expected to begin in late April, will be dedicated to entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second 14 days (days 15-28) will include entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020. Following those periods, SVOG awards will include entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.

 

Prior to the opening tomorrow for SVOG applications, the SBA has hosted a national informational webinar (archived recording) to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities. The agency also  provided recurrent program updates and information via frequently asked questions, additional video tutorials, an application checklist, and eligibility requirements through SBA’s dedicated SVOG website – www.sba.gov/svogrant – and targeted outreach to potential applicants.

 

As the SBA built the SVOG program from the ground up, it worked closely with its federal partners, including those dedicated to the affected industries such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Congressional authors in analyzing the legislation and Congress’ intent. The agency also consulted industry partners, such as the National Independent Venue Association, National Association of Theatre Owners, National Independent Talent Organization, Performing Arts Alliance, Broadway League, American Alliance of Museums and the Associations of Art Museum Directors, Children’s Museums, Science and Technology Centers, and Zoos & Aquariums. The SBA’s collaboration with these organizations has been vital to SBA’s understanding of and guidance for potential SVOG applicants and the agency looks forward to their continued partnership during the launch of the program.

 

In addition, SBA’s resource partners, including SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers, are available to provide entities with individual guidance on their applications. Applicants can find a local resource partner via SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/local-assistance or via a zip code at www.sba.gov/localassistance. (Per federal grant program guidelines that the same and equal information needs to be provided to each applicant, SBA’s team members are limited on responses they can provide to individual, specific questions regarding SVOG eligibility, potential grant amount, or other detailed information.)

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.


March 22, 2021


Alzheimer’s Association- Dementia Education Conference

Registration is now open for our 23rd Annual Dementia Education Conference, and this year we are virtual!

The Connecticut Chapter invites you to join us on April 7th, 8th & 9th for an interactive and immersive educational experience.

April 7th and 8th are geared toward professionals across the continuum of care, and Continuing Education Credits (CECs) will be available. The cost for the two-day professional event is $110.00.

April 9th is for family caregivers, and is offered at no cost.

Our Annual Dementia Education Conference unites experts to present the latest information in dementia care practices to professionals, family members and persons living with the disease. Our keynote, plenary and breakout session speakers will inspire and inform, providing you with best practices and creative interventions for the care, treatment and preservation of the quality of life of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

For more information and to Register, go to conference2021.givesmart.com.

We have a limited number of professional attendee scholarships available. Please email Stacy Chavis for more information schavis@alz.org.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Mary Wade and our Platinum Sponsors, UConn Health Center on Aging and Hartford HealthCare.

We look forward to having you join us!

The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter


March 18, 2021


Visit Joe Kopler’s Studio- Freelance Artist

Hello members, my name is Joe Kopler and I’m a Freelance Artist from Torrington, Connecticut. I recently re-joined the chamber after a 10 year recess.I have a little Gallery / Gift Shop here in my basement that I show by appointment only. What makes me different is that I also love to create personal & heartfelt gifts as well. So bring your vision and ideas and let me create something Special just for you. ~ ( www.koplerart.com ) Joe Kopler, Torrington CT.


March 9, 2021


Shuttered Venues Operators Grants – FAQs are now live!

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020.

The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives, and
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Other requirements of note:

  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

 

For additional details, see the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Frequently Asked Questions.


February 2, 2021


Dale Carnegie Resources

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

Podcast (new interviews every other week):
https://digital.dalecarnegie.com/take-command-podcast
Blog:
https://www.dalecarnegie.com/blog/
Pre-Recorded Webinars:
Handling Stress and Supporting Resilience in Times of Crisis:
https://www.dalecarnegie.com/en/resources/webinar-handling-stress-and-supporting-resilience-in-times-of-crisis
How to Develop an Agile Workforce:
https://www.dalecarnegie.com/en/resources/webinar-how-to-develop-an-agile-workforce-in-2020
YouTube shorts on Handling Stress and Worry:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL36jh5li88NNg-v4pZfS1oePH2FtryjI-
Virtual, instructor lead training programs:
https://www.dalecarnegie.com/en/training-types/live-online



November 22, 2020


First and foremost – Sharon Hospital and Nuvance Health are here for you. We remain committed to keeping you safe, healthy and informed.

Nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus 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.


November 21, 2020


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 Evan.Berns@seitzcorp.com or reach out to my HR manager at Human_Resources@seitzcorp.com


November 20, 2020


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.


October 19, 2020


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.


September 27, 2020