Member Announcements

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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


Comcast Extends Covid Support With 60 Days Of Free Internet For Low-income Customers…

And Free Access To The Nation’s Largest Public WIFI Network Through June 30, 2021

December 7, 2020 – Comcast announced today that it will extend its commitments to help people connect to the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic as millions continue to stay home while many workplaces and schools operate virtually. Comcast will continue to provide free Internet service for the first 60 days for new Internet Essentials customers, and free access to more than 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, the largest network of its kind in the country, through June 30, 2021. Today’s announcement marks the third time Comcast has extended these commitments.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly to ensure our network is operating at peak performance and help our customers and our communities navigate this unprecedented crisis,” said Dave Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable. “For nearly a decade, we’ve been on a mission to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. We have accelerated that work during COVID-19 by partnering with public schools to provide Internet for more low-income students and by working with community centers to create safe spaces for families to connect to free WiFi through Lift Zones.”

Comcast has repeatedly committed to keeping its customers connected, and to make its services available to families and students who don’t have Internet access. These commitments are part of Comcast’s comprehensive efforts to help families and individual stay connected, and to help empower small businesses, during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Network Investment – Comcast has invested more than $12 billion to expand and evolve its network since 2017. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, network teams have worked around the clock to triple network augmentations, install new hardware, and upgrade network software – to expand capacity and ensure that it could meet the rapidly growing needs of its customers. The company performs nearly 700,000 diagnostic speed tests daily which show that, on average, it is meeting, and most times exceeding advertised speeds across all of its service areas.
  • Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone – More than 1.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations – the largest public WiFi network in the country and three times larger than any other provider’s – are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Since taking the unprecedented step of making all of these hotspots available for free, hundreds of thousands of non-Xfinity customers have taken advantage and usage by consumers has skyrocketed. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi.
  • Free 60 Days of Internet Essentials and School Programs – Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program that provides high-speed Internet service to low-income families and has connected more than four million low-income students since its inception. New customers who sign up before June 30, 2021, will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply. For more information, visit internetessentials.com.  We are working with hundreds of public school districts in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Sacramento to provide free Internet service directly to students in need.
  • WiFi-Connected Community Lift Zones – In September, Comcast announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 “Lift Zones” in community centers across the country by working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders. Comcast is providing WiFi in these facilities to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork. Comcast plans to have at least 200 Lift Zones installed before the end of the year.
  • Comcast RISE – In October, Comcast launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses, starting with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses; those hardest hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years through grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants. For more information, visit comcastrise.com.
  • Providing Free Educational Resources – In partnership with Common Sense Media, Comcast has curated thousands of hours of free educational programming into an education destination for Xfinity video customers to support remote learning for kids K-12.

For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:

comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit comcastcorporation.com for more information.


December 8, 2020


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