Welcome New Members:
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!
*Joined 3/11/23 to 4/6/23
New Member Spotlight: Bliss Vybz West Indian Restaurant
928 North Main Street - Waterbury, CT
Bliss Vybz West Indian Restaurant came about when small business owner Ruben McGregor from New York always had a passion for cooking and great food. He was given the opportunity when the former restaurant Berties West Indian Restaurant was closing down. The restaurant offers indoor seating, catering, event space and possibly a juice bar in the near future. The hope is that the restaurant will bring a wonderful vibe into the community with its beautiful atmosphere, great music and the main attraction the delicious food. All are welcome at the restaurant and we hope to serve the community for many years to come.
Phone: 203-757-4330
Events From Your Fellow Members
April 21: Spring Fling at Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center
Free food, family activities, music, and more will be part of a Spring Fling Festival & Health Fair at the Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Presented with support from the Office of Minority Health, this free event is open to the public and will include activities for kids from Zumba to face painting, an egg hunt and more; free food and refreshments; health screenings through Wheeler’s Mobile Family Health & Wellness Center; information about medical and behavioral health care and other services offered through the 855 Lakewood Road location, as well as a nutritious produce distribution through a partnership with Holcomb Farm, for patients and event attendees. More than 20 organizations from the Waterbury community also will participate, and The Change the Script Resource Van will be on-site with comprehensive information about opioid and other substance use prevention and treatment.
April 23-29: Southbury Beauty & Spa Week
Beauty Salons, Barber Shops and Spas throughout Southbury are participating in this special event that features discounted services and percentages off all week long. Click here to see the list of participating businesses and what each location is offering for the week. Be sure to book in advance as appointments will fill up fast!
April 22-23: Waterbury Youth Services Hosts Annual Perfect Prom Project
Waterbury Youth Services is thrilled to announce our annual Perfect Prom Project, taking place on April 22nd and April 23rd from 10am-2pm. This
event offers high school students the opportunity to choose their perfect prom attire for free, including dresses, suits, and accessories.

With prom season fast approaching, the cost of attending prom can be a financial burden for many students and families. The Perfect Prom Project aims to make prom dreams come true for all students, regardless of their financial situation. Students are encouraged to book an appointment in advance to ensure they can find the perfect outfit for their special night.

The Perfect Prom Project provides free prom attire and accessories to high school students, regardless of their financial situation. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of dresses, suits, tuxes, gowns, shoes, and jewelry. We aim to provide an unforgettable prom experience for all high school students throughout Connecticut.

The Perfect Prom Project event is free, but space is limited, so appointments are required. The event is open to all high school students. To book an appointment, students should visit our website at www.waterburyyouthservices.org/perfect-prom-project to book their appointment.

For more information about the Perfect Prom Project, please visit our website at
Mattatuck Museum: Upcoming Events
April 15 @ 2-3 p.m. - History & Hops: The History of Irish in Waterbury (hosted at Blackstone Irish Pub in Milldale)
April 29 @ 1-5 p.m. - La Onda Chicana Block Party

May 2 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Brass City Bake Off featuring Waterbury Regional Chamber President and CEO Lynn Ward's famous cheesecake
  • Local businesses and non-profit CEO's compete in the first Brass City Bake Off! The proceeds from this event will support educational and family programs, as well as exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum. You directly contribute to the success and enhancement of our high quality programing. For details, click here.

May 20 @ 8 a.m. - MattaTrek 2023 (Peterson Memorial Park)
  • The Mattatuck Museum invites you to support or join Museum Director, Bob Burns, as he raises money for our programs and exhibitions by hiking the entire 42-mile length of the Mattatuck Trail. The main event will begin on the morning of Saturday, May 20th, 8:00 AM at Peterson Memorial Park in Wolcott. We will have a kick-off ceremony followed by a 5k walk on the Mattatuck Trail. For details, click here.
Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock at the Palace Theater June 21
The Palace Theater is thrilled to bring music icon Herbie Hancock to Waterbury on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at 7:30 PM. Hancock, a legendary pianist and composer, is a Kennedy Center honoree, Academy Award winner, and winner of 14 Grammy awards. This concert is part of the ION Bank Concert series.

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business, and music.

Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960's. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s -- with record-breaking albums such as "Headhunters" -- that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. "Rockit" and "Future Shock" marked Hancock's foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period, he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.
Charter Oak State College Awarded Grant to Offer Tuition-Free, Online Training in Health Information Management
The Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. was awarded a grant through the State of Connecticut, Office of Workforce Strategy, Career ConneCT program to offer tuition-free, online training in Health Information Management (HIM). This microcredential program is comprised of three levels of training that mirror the different stages of a hospital’s revenue cycle. This training will lead directly to entry-level employment opportunities at hospitals or other health care facilities and to educational pathways with certificates or degrees at Charter Oak State College. Hartford Healthcare will interview all participants who successfully complete each level of training.

HIM is a designated STEM field and HIM and Revenue Cycle Management are in-demand health care careers, perfect for someone who wants to work in health care but not in direct patient care.

Each training level is 8 weeks long and 100% online. Students can choose to complete one, two or all three levels of training. Charter Oak State College is providing support services to ensure the success of participating students. All students will receive free laptops upon enrollment as well as training stipends of approximately $2,000 upon completion of each level. Students will also have access to an Academic/Career Navigator and HIM career mentors.

CT residents 18 years or older who are either unemployed or underemployed are eligible. This grant is particularly focused on CT residents who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid, including those who lost their jobs due to Covid and the BIPOC community, women, veterans and people with disabilities.
For more information please contact: Olivia Maffucci at omaffucci@charteroak.edu  
April 28: Designer Purse Bingo to Benefit Children's Community School
Please come out and support the Children's Community School at our 1st Designer Purse Bingo event. Friday, April 28, 2023 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Hotel Golf Spa in Southbury, CT. Tickets are $50 each and includes 10 BINGO cards, dauber and one complimentary glass of wine. We hope to see you there!
May 5: Designer Purse Bingo to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
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Member News and Updates
New Products at Allstar Home Appliance Center
Allstar Home Appliance Center has new Maytag pet care washer and dryers, which remove 5x more pet hair than conventional units, in stock at their store on Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury. There is a $100 rebate available if purchased as a pair.
AllStar Home Appliance Center
Sales. Parts. Delivery. Installation. Product Expertise All Under One Roof!
1215 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury, CT
Phone: 203-597-0363
Southbury's 350th Anniversary Community Cookbook
In honor of the Town of Southbury’s 350th Anniversary, the Arts & Culture Subcommittee of the Economic Development Commission has organized a cookbook project. They are calling on residents to contribute family recipes that will be assembled into a Southbury Community Cookbook and presented at the end of the year. Participants are encouraged to include a brief story about the recipe. Limit is two recipes per household, and recipes must be different categories; for example – one dessert, one entrée. Categories include: appetizers, bread and rolls, soups and salads, vegetables, main dishes, desserts, beverages, and allergy-friendly.

This project is open to all Southbury residents. Deadline for submission is September 1, 2023. For more information, rules and the submission form, please visit www.southbury-ct.org/350-cookbook. If you have any questions, email the Arts & Culture Subcommittee at artsculturesouthbury@gmail.com.

The Town of Southbury is holding events and activities all year long to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury.
To learn more about all the 350th Anniversary activities visit: www.southbury-ct.org/350.
Performers/Volunteers Needed: Make Music Day June 21 in Southbury
Southbury is participating in International Make Music Day on June 21st, 2023!
If you are interested in volunteering as a performer or venue, email us at artsculturesouthbury@gmail.com. For complete information about Make Music Day, go to makemusicday.org/about.
Newtown Savings Bank Announces Officer Promotions
Newtown Savings Bank elected two new corporators at its annual meeting held at the Waterview in Monroe on Tuesday, March 28.
Antonio Fernandes
Antonio Fernandes joined Ventura Law as an attorney in 2015. He is now a Partner and primarily handles personal injury cases. He graduated Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. In 2013, he earned his law degree from New York Law School. Fernandes is a prior Zoning Commissioner for the Town of Brookfield. He is currently teaching Commercial Law as an Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University.
Matthew Gilchrist
Matthew Gilchrist is President of EG Home, which he, and his partner, founded in 2013. The Southbury-based company has built over 250 homes in 5 distinct communities across the state; honored with numerous industry awards including Builder of the Year 2020. He graduated from Villanova University and was then commissioned in the United States Navy where he served 9 years. In 2006, Gilchrist chose to pursue a civilian career building homes and spent six years learning the business from two of the country’s biggest production builders. Gilchrist lives in Southbury with his wife, Amy, and their four children.
“We are thrilled to announce the election of these two new Corporators to Newtown Savings Bank,” said Ken Weinstein, President & CEO. “Their expertise and unique perspectives will undoubtedly bring value to our organization and contribute to our continued success as an independent mutual savings bank.” In addition to their governance role as part of the Bank’s mutual charter, corporators serve as ambassadors of the Bank in the community.
Valued Technology Services: Free Cybersecurity Assessment
"I'm too small," said a business owner who wasn't earning a million yet. Well, THINK AGAIN! Let me give you an idea on how many SMBs were victims of cyberattack in recent years. Here are the numbers according to StrongDM. You can find the report here. (https://lnkd.in/e2SFZdSb) The list goes on. But these 5 I want to highlight. 

1. 46% of CYBER BREACHES impact businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees.

2. 61% of SMBs were the TARGET of CYBERATTACK in 2021.

3. 75% of SMBs could NOT CONTINUE OPERATING if they were hit with RANSOMWARE.

4. Only 17% of small businesses HAVE CYBER INSURANCE.


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