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 7/12/23 to 8/4/23
Upcoming Chamber Member Ribbon Cuttings
Come help celebrate your fellow Chamber Members on their special day!
Recent Ribbon Cuttings
Advertising Consulting Special Offer to Chamber Members from Simonetti Media Consulting
Confused with too many advertising options? Wondering what’s working? Are you mired in metrics and dashboards? Simonetti Media Consulting can help. With over 40 years’ experience in the local Connecticut market, Simonetti Media Consulting is your partner in bridging the gap between your ad campaign and sales revenue. We specialize in creating advertising campaigns utilizing traditional and digital media. For a limited time only, Simonetti Media Consulting is offering our popular “Review and Recommend Plan” at a special chamber member price of $299 (normally $499) for up to 3 hours of work. The plan includes: reviewing your current business goals, core customer(s) profile, current marketing strategy, return on investment and recommend revisions or new strategies to your advertising campaign. View all the services we offer at www.simonettimedia.com. If interested, let’s have a conversation. Contact us at simonettimedia@gmail.com or call Jim Simonetti @ 860-268-6379
Events From Your Fellow Members
August 12: 2nd Annual Bombazo & Barrio Arts Festival 
August 12, 2023, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: 2nd Annual Bombazo & Barrio Arts Festival Brothers Emmanuelli Nater (Jose, Jorge, and Victor) students and friends of the famous Bomba Cepeda Family - with their Center for Cultural Research of Eternal Roots (Centro de Investigation Cultural Cultural Raices Eternas) - CICRE in Spanish - created in Puerto Rico during the 90s the so-called "BOMBAZO." they were devoted to "get down" the Bomba from the high stages so that way the Puerto Rican people and everyone else could participate and learn in the folklore music. Thanks to this today there are "Bombazos" in many parts of the world. The event is Free and Open to the Public and will take place on the Front Lawn of the Silas Bronson Library. "
August 16: 26th Annual Back to School Rally
Waterbury Youth Services, in collaboration with the City of Waterbury and Waterbury Public Schools, is delighted to host the 26th Annual Back to School Rally on August 16, 2023. This year's theme, "Backpack to Brilliance," underscores our collective commitment to promoting literacy. Local businesses and community non-profits will also be participating. Each child will receive a free backpack at the rally, which will be held at Fulton Park (Pine Street entrance) from 12pm-2pm. We invite all Waterbury families to join us as we celebrate the start of a brilliant school year. For more information, contact Olivia Dudley at (203)573-0264 or visit www.waterburyyouthservices.org
August 17: Ann's Place 5k Run
The Amber Room Run from the Sun 5K will take place on Thursday, August 17th at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Register to run/walk and fundraise for Ann's Place's free cancer support services!
August 22 & 29: Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Volunteer Tutoring Training Sessions
If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer tutor, now is your chance!
October 13: Designer Purse Bingo to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
September 11: Jane Doe No More Golf Tournament
Tee off for a great cause! This fun networking event for men and women includes 18 holes of golf, cocktails, contests, prizes, raffles and more! All proceeds benefit Jane Doe No More and sponsorships are still available.
Golfers at every skill level are welcome. The tournament takes place on Monday, September 11, 2023 at Western Hills Golf Course, 600 Park Road in Waterbury, CT. Breakfast and check-in starts at 8:00am with a tee off time of 9:00am. Lunch and an Awards Reception will take place at 1:30pm.
Don’t miss this opportunity to play golf, enjoy a great day outdoors and meet new people — all while supporting programs that benefit survivors of sexual crimes and provide prevention skills, education and awareness to children and adults in your community.
Registration is required. For details please visit janedoenomore.org, call 203-729-0245, or email info@janedoenomore.org.
August 7: Tickets for Palace Theater's 2023-24 Season On Sale to the Public
Tickets for nearly all shows and concerts in the Palace Theater’s 2023 – 2024 season will be available to the public starting Monday, August 7th. Connecticut’s most elegant venue is inviting patrons to enjoy a season of stories, music, and entertainment that reflect the rich and varied culture of our community in the storybook setting of the Palace Theater.

The upcoming season highlights a wide range of genres, artists, and perspectives that entertain and encourage thought-provoking conversations. It features an adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork To Kill A Mockingbird, the uplifting story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!, and the powerful new play The Kite Runner, based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, a mesmerizing new production of Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the Palace’s Webster Bank Broadway Series. Bookending the holidays, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will bring the island’s salsa beat to Connecticut, and The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic into a contemporary dance spectacular.

Tickets are on sale beginning August 7th to most shows and may be purchased online at palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St.

Shows are added continuously throughout the season, so patrons are encouraged to check the website often.

The 2023-2024 lineup Includes:

FALL 2023
September 29                   RuPaul’s Drag Race (On sale TBD)
October 10–12                  Pretty Woman: The Musical
October 21                         Anthony Rodia
November 2                      Mania: The ABBA Tribute
November 3–5                 Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
November 18                    Lewis Black
November 24                    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
November 28                    A Magical Cirque Christmas
December 2                       Home Alone in Concert with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
December 3                       Woodbury Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 9                       Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
December 10                    Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party!     
December 15–16             On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
December 30                    The Hip Hop Nutcracker

January 16–18                   Hairspray
March 7                               The Life and Music of George Michael
March 2024                        Open World Dance Foundation with Brass City Ballet present Cinderella
April 2–4                             Jesus Christ Superstar
April 26–28                         The Book of Mormon (On sale December 4th)
May 18–19                         Mean Girls
June 4–6                             The Kite Runner
Upcoming Events and Programs at the Mattatuck Museum
Lunch and Learn - Religion in Oral Histories
Wednesday, August 9 12 p.m.
$5 Museum Members | $10 General Public

Attendees will learn about basic best practices for oral history methodology from Mattatuck Museum Librarian and Archivist, Frances Martin.
During the event Martin will talk about how to determine who you should interview, why you want to interview them, and how to take care of yourself and your subject.
Martin will also discuss the logistical aspects of oral histories, such as saving files in formats that are new and can be accessed easily, transcripts, and donations that correspond to the oral history.
Program admission is $5 for Museum Members and $10 for general tickets. Participants may either order lunch from The Art of Yum Café or bring their own lunch. Tickets can be purchased at www.mattmuseum.org/calendar

Cocktails and Conversation – Andy Warhol
Friday, August 18 5:30 - 7:00 pm
$15 Museum Members | $20 General Public | $10 General Public – Adult Sober
Explore the Andy Warhol: Endangered Species exhibition and hear from MATT Director, Bob Burns, in conversation with Eric Shiner, former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. See and experience the exhibit, which raises awareness for endangered animals around the world. Enjoy two themed cocktails created by a talented bartender from Litchfield Distillery. To register please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar
Night at the Museum: A Thief Returns!
Thursday, August 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
$5 Museum Members | $10 General Public | Free for Ages 5 and under
Children ages 8-14 are invited to join the Mattatuck Museum for a thrilling night of detective work as they try to catch a thief who has returned to the scene of the crime! Follow clues, analyze security footage, and interrogate witnesses to help uncover the identity of the thief. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the evening.
Pizza and drinks will be provided for dinner. FREE program admission available to Waterbury Public School Students. Use code ENRICH23 at checkout. To register please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar

Andy’s Wild Birthday Bash
Saturday, August 26, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
$10 per person
 Celebrate Andy Warhol’s 95th birthday with the Mattatuck Museum. Enjoy a series of activities that reflect the activism behind his Endangered Species exhibition, currently on view at The MATT through September 10.. Activities include live bird encounters, animal print card making, pet adoption drive, gallery-wide scavenger hunt, and more. FREE program admission available to Waterbury Public School Students. Use code ENRICH23 at checkout. To register please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar
Support provided by the Art Bridges Foundation
Member News and Updates
Largay Travel has been named a Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) Endorsed Agency. This prestigious recognition is a testament to our team’s dedication and leadership in the industry and our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional personalized travel experiences for our valued clients.

At Largay Travel, we take great pride in working and collaborating with the best travel suppliers in the world to curate unforgettable journeys for our clients. This recognition from Forbes Travel Guide highlights our dedication to excellence and showcases our team’s remarkable efforts to work only with the best of the best.

“The recognition from FTG is one of the highest professional achievements in my 43-year career in travel,” said Paul Largay, CEO and Chief Culture Creator at Largay Travel. “It is a proud and humbling moment to be recognized by FTG, whose shared commitment to service excellence and consistency mirrors Largay’s core organizational values and service standards.”

We firmly believe in the invaluable role of travel advisors, and we are passionate about elevating and educating our clients on how they can create incredible personalized, and immersive travel experiences for them and their loved ones. It’s a joy to witness our clients’ travel dreams become cherished memories, and we are humbled to have our collective efforts acknowledged on such a global platform.

FTG is the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and ocean cruises. Its 65th annual list for 2023 honors nearly 1,400 rated hotels in 81 countries. The coveted Five-Star, Four-Star, and Recommended awards are earned through incognito inspections on FTG’s hundreds of exacting quality and service standards. Evaluators assess up to 900 standards, and service level comprises 70 percent of the score.
MyCTSavings Retirement Savings Program: August 31 Deadline
MyCTSavings is a retirement savings program sponsored by the Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller. The MyCTSavings program is a free option to employers that provides their employees with access to a retirement savings account through paycheck deductions. Employers with five or more employees that do not offer a retirement plan are required by law to either participate or certify that they offer a qualified retirement plan.

MyCTSavings is now sending notifications to employers that are newly eligible for the program.
The notifications (either by email or postal mail) include an access code for the business to use either to register for the MyCTSavings program or certify that the company provides a qualified retirement savings plan by August 31, 2023. 
MyCTSavings is free to businesses, simple to manage through payroll, and there is no fiduciary risk or employer match. Once an employer registers and uploads their payroll information to the MyCTSavings portal, the employees will be contacted with their options to customize their deduction and investment option, or to opt-out of the program. Employee participation is voluntary. The retirement accounts belong to the employees and are portable if the employee changes jobs.
Visit myctsavings.com for details. For questions, call 1-833-811-7435 (9 am – 6 pm, M-F), or email clientservices@myctsavings.com
Comcast Business Kicks-off "Mobile Made Free" Event
New and existing Business Internet customers can get one line of Comcast Business Mobile Unlimited Intro free for a year now through September 21st
On July 24, Comcast Business today announced the kickoff of its “Mobile Made Free” event which allows eligible new and existing Comcast Business Internet customers to get one year of Comcast Business Mobile Unlimited Intro at no additional cost. Comcast Business Mobile offers customers flexible data options, nationwide 5G coverage, millions of secure Wi-Fi hotspots, and potential savings to prepare businesses for whatever comes next. The promotional event starts today (July 24, 2023) and runs through September 21, 2023.
Now, more than ever, small business owners rely on connectivity to empower mobile workforces, keep pace with competition, and keep customers happy. Comcast Business Mobile was designed with business agility in mind, featuring the choice to pay for only what you need, the freedom to change data options or add new lines as teams grow, and the reliability of nationwide 5G and millions of secure Wi-Fi hotspots.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to provide additional value and support to our small business customers and their employees,” Eileen Diskin, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Business. “That is why for the first time ever, with the ‘Mobile Made Free’ event we are creating a unique mobile offer exclusively for our Internet customers, enabling them to stay connected, boost productivity and reduce costs – at an amazing value.”
Business Internet customers can mix-and-match Comcast Business Mobile’s two data options (Unlimited or By-the-Gigabyte) across multiple lines, giving them the freedom to find the right mobile plan for their unique needs. With Comcast Business Mobile, customers can manage up to 20 lines with data options at 20, 50 and 100 GB per month, giving them greater opportunity to stay connected and drive employee value.
To qualify for the “Mobile Made Free” event eligible customers must activate a new 100 Mbps or higher Internet package and new Unlimited Intro Mobile line. Existing 100 Mbps Internet package customers buying one Unlimited Intro Mobile line can get the second one free for a year. Other restrictions apply.
Comcast Business Mobile is available exclusively to Comcast Business Internet customers in all of Comcast Business service areas. To sign up for Comcast Business Mobile or to learn more about the “Mobile Made Free” event, visit: https://business.comcast.com/  
Benefit Solutions by Janice: Health & Wellness Programs for Businesses at No Direct Cost to Employer/Employee
Encompassing Health is partnering with Benefit Solutions by Janice to provide a Health and Wellness program for businesses at NO DIRECT COST to the employer or the employee. 
Children's Community School Relocates to New Facility
Children's Community School (CCS), a leading educational institution, is thrilled to announce its relocation to a new facility after receiving approval from the Board of Aldermen during their July 17th meeting. The move marks an exciting new chapter for CCS, made possible by the incredible support of the Waterbury community.
The new location, situated in the vibrant Brooklyn section of Waterbury on John Street, provides CCS with a facility perfectly suited to meet the evolving needs of its students. Notably, the building features a gym and stage space, enabling CCS to offer an enriched curriculum that better fosters physical education, creative expression, and community engagement.
"We are deeply grateful for the tremendous support and collaboration we have received from the City of Waterbury and its community at large." Expressed Whitney Cadett, Children's Community School Board President. "This support, along with the dedication of Mayor O'Leary, has played an instrumental role in making this relocation a reality. We extend our heartfelt thanks for their commitment to education and the betterment of our students' lives."
CCS remains committed to its mission of providing a nurturing and academically enriching environment for its students. The pivotal community support CCS has received over the years has not only solidified the school's future but has also reinforced the strong bond between CCS and the city of Waterbury.
The CCS community eagerly anticipates the upcoming school year and the endless opportunities that the new facility will bring. With the support of the city and its residents, CCS is poised to continue delivering exceptional educational experiences and positively impacting the lives of its students.
For more information about Children's Community School and its programs, please visit CCSWaterbury.org.