A Note from our President, Lynn Ward

Dear Chamber Member,

I hope you are enjoying the summer!

The HR Council, in partnership with Attorney's Nick Zaino and Vincent Farisello from Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP will lead a discussion on "Best Practices for Disciplining Employees" in-person or on Zoom July 11 at 10 a.m. For more information, click here. Make sure to keep scrolling to read this month's HR column

On Tuesday, August 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Aria, the Chamber's Health Care Council will hold its annual meeting and honor the following individuals and organizations:

  • Leadership Award: Aisling McGuckin, RN, MSN-MPH, director of public health, City of Waterbury
  • Unsung Hero: Dr. Marc Raad, Alliance Medical Group and Dr. Bernard D’Souza, Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Health Advocate: Barbara Dublin, Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries
  • Organizational Excellence: Behavioral Health, Addiction Services, and Crisis Intervention team at Waterbury HEALTH

For sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit this link.

We will be holding the 29th Waterbury Regional Chamber Golf Outing on Monday, September 16 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens. The day includes lunch, dinner, refreshments, gift bags, 18 holes of golf, networking, and lots of fun! To register, click here or click here for sponsorship opportunities. Are you interested in volunteering your time to help plan the golf tournament? We have some open spaces on our golf committee! There will be special benefits for individuals who participate. Contact our Events Director Barbara Sorosiak.

If your company would like to receive additional recognition and support the efforts of the Chamber, please consider donating to our raffle for the golf outing. You can contact me directly and we'd be glad to arrange for a pick-up of any item.

I hope to see everyone at this year's Brass City Jazz Fest, taking place on Saturday, August 3 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Waterbury's beautiful Library park. Come enjoy hear some of the best performers in contemporary jazz.

Are you hiring? Don't forget about our new job board, which is an exclusive benefit for Chamber members. Get expanded visibility for your job openings with a listing.

You can reach me, as always, at (203) 757-0701 or lward@waterburychamber.com. Keep scrolling for this month’s updates and events to take full advantage of what our Chamber has to offer.

Thank you, more than ever, for your continued membership,

Lynn Signature

In This Issue:

  • President's Note
  • Welcome New Members
  • Member Marketplace
  • Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
  • Upcoming Events
  • HR Corner
  • Message From Our Newsletter Sponsor
  • Naugatuck Chamber
  • Southbury Chamber News
  • Watertown Oakville Chamber News
  • Hiring and Training Programs Available

Upcoming Events:

7/12: Out for Business Waterbury

7/19: Out for Business Southbury

7/26: Out for Business Naugatuck

8/3: Brass City Jazz Fest

Welcome to Our Newest Members
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!

Acolyte Technologies Corporation

Global Tech Solutions

Guardians Farm

Guiding Light Counseling Associates

Key Food

Michaels Jewelers

Prospect Community Funeral Home

Reaching Individual Success Everyday RISE, LLC

Screenvision Media

*Joined 6/8/24 to 7/10/24

Member Marketplace

To advertise your business or organization in the August member marketplace and get premier placement for your company, contact David Huck at dhuck@waterburychamber.com or call 203-757-0701. Space is limited! $100 per ad.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

  • Friday, September 13, 2024 @ 11 a.m. - Michaels Jewelers - 775 Main Street South - Southbury

Come out and help your fellow Chamber members come celebrate their special occasion!

Meet Our New Membership Director: Jim Beland

The Waterbury Regional Chamber has named Jim Beland as the organization’s Membership Director.

As Membership Director, Beland will be responsible for growing and maintaining a robust, active, and involved membership for the Chamber—which is the largest Chamber in New Haven County.

Beland was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity North Central Connecticut. Beland also worked as the Manager of Community Engagement for Thrivent—a financial advising firm.

Beland has a Corporate Communications degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Masters of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University, and a Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. 

Contact Jim

Phone: 203-757-0701, Ext. 305

Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities

On Saturday, August 3, 2024, the 5th annual Brass City Jazz Fest will be held at Library Park downtown Waterbury. The Jazz Fest will be free for concert goers, offering members of the greater Waterbury community and contemporary & smooth jazz fans from across the Northeast a chance to listen and experience exquisite jazz.

Main Street Waterbury, in conjunction with ACT Jams Productions and the City of Waterbury, are working diligently to schedule a stellar line up of jazz musicians including:

  • Billboard # 1 and Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year 2023: Vincent Ingal - a native of the Waterbury area
  • Legendary producer, songwriter and #1 hitmaker Barry Eastmond
  • Billboard #1 and the Best Contemporary Jazz Artist Award Winner and 2023 NAACP Image Award Nominee Ragan Whiteside
  • Billboard #1 Chart Topping Artist JJ Sansaverino

Last year’s Brass City Jazz Fest was a huge success for the greater Waterbury area. Fans came to the Brass City from Virginia, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Boston, Springfield, New Jersey, New York City, and from all throughout the state of Connecticut.

Help make this year's Brass City Jazz Fest another success with a corporate sponsorship!

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From Our Newsletter Sponsor: Post University

Today, we are fortunate to see more women than ever pursuing MBAs and similar graduate-level business degrees to reach their career goals. If you are a female student considering a master’s degree, or a woman in the workforce exploring higher education opportunities, now is an excellent time to start making plans. Opportunities for women pursuing MBAs continue to grow, which is significant for women in the business world.

The Rise of Women in Business

According to the latest reports from Fundera, 40% of businesses in the United States are owned by women, generating trillions in revenue. In 2022 alone, women started an average of 1,800 new businesses daily. Compared to 20 years ago, there are now 114% more active women entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in earning an MBA or exploring other master’s programs, remember that as a member of the Chamber, you can take advantage of a tuition reduction to obtain your MBA at Post University. Additionally, the Spring-Summer issue of the Post University Magazine will provide insight into the work of our current students, faculty, staff, and alumni who embody the spirit of professional achievement.

HR Corner: Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Impacting Federal Agencies

This HR Corner is brought to you by Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP. Written by Attorney Nick Zaino and Luc Shay*

On June 28th, 2024, the United States Supreme Court overturned Chevron U.S.A. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, a foundational case in federal agency law. In the consolidated cases of Loper Bright Enters. V. Raimondo, No. 22-451, and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce, No. 22-1219 (June 28, 2024), the Supreme Court redefined the process by which courts will review certain federal agency actions.

Under Chevron, courts had previously granted a high degree of deference to federal agencies when agencies interpreted and applied statutory law. If a federal statute was silent or ambiguous on a matter, courts allowed agencies to regulate the matter so long as the agencies’ actions were “reasonable.” Under the new standard in Loper, federal agencies will no longer be accorded the great deference afforded to them by Chevron. Agencies must now either regulate in accordance with the plain language of the statute that enables them or regulate in line with the congressional intent behind such statutes. Going forward, courts will no longer defer to an agency’s own interpretation of the statute. Courts will employ the traditional tools of statutory interpretation to ensure an agency is acting within the scope of power granted to it by Congress.

As it pertains to employment law, the immediate effects of the Loper decision are still percolating. The potential future consequences stem from the sheer quantity and extent of federal agency regulation which occurs in employment law. Regulations issued by agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board may be impacted. Nevertheless, the Court noted in its decision that all prior decisions that relied on Chevron are not overturned. It is only future challenges to agency regulations that have the potential to upset the status quo. Going forward, courts will decide whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority and “may not defer to an agency interpretation of the law simply because a statute is ambiguous.”

While some commentators applaud the Supreme Court’s efforts to reign in the power of administrative agencies, other commentators are concerned with the possibility of different jurisdictions ruling differently on the same agency actions. When the interpretation of a statute is left to a federal agency, a consistent rule is created for employers across state lines. When individual courts review challenges to an agency rule, there is a possibility that one jurisdiction will invalidate the agency’s interpretation while a different jurisdiction upholds the same interpretation. This predicament may create uncertainty or conflict for interstate employers.

Going forward, it will be important for employers to stay current with challenges to federal agency rules. Courts will likely see an immediate influx of lawsuits based on the Loper decision in the coming months. Notable challenges already underway are attacks on a recently adopted FTC rule, which was set to ban most types of noncompete agreements beginning September, 2024, and various attacks on the Department of Labor’s guidance defining the term “independent contractor” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

*Nick Zaino is a partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey LLP and co-leader of the firm’s Business Services Group. Luc Shay is a summer associate at Carmody and rising third-year law student at Quinnipiac Law School. Nick can be reached at 203-578-4270 and by email at nzaino@carmodylaw.com

This information is for educational purposes only, to provide general information and a general understanding of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not establish any attorney-client relationship.

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Four business leaders will be honored at the second annual Southbury Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on October 2, 2024, as we celebrate our Chamber’s accomplishments and supporters at the Wyndham Southbury.

As a Chamber member, we’re requesting that you submit a nomination for each of the following awards: Community Leader of the YearUnsung HeroNew Business of the Year, and Business of the Year

All nominations will be submitted online at southburychamber.com and must be completed by July 12, 2024. 

Anyone who submits a nomination will be given one free admission to an upcoming Out For Business. One per person.

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The Northwest Construction Careers Initiative

NCCI — The Northwest Construction Careers Initiative — offers Northwest Connecticut residents the opportunity to pursue a career in the construction and building trades. Job training and employment possibilities include: 

  • OSHA 10, OSHA 30, and Hazwoper certifications
  • CORE Curriculum, which includes HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical.

Orientation sessions are held each Thursday at 249 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, CT beginning at 10AM. You do not need to RSVP to attend, but you will need to be on time to participate. 

Healthcare training program

The NRWIB is currently offering training opportunities in the following fields:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certified Nurse’s Aide
  • Community Health Worker

CT WHISP Program

Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CTWhisp) Program offers a variety of IT career training at schools such as Naugatuck Valley Community College and Patrick’s Academy.

Naugatuck Valley Community College in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is offering grant-funded, short-term (15 weeks), IT course clusters aligned with industry certifications and supportive services. Clusters include Networking, Programming, Systems, Software and Project Management. Each IT cluster has been mapped to Microsoft and/or CompTIA certifications. The course clusters are offered free of charge to eligible CTWHISP participants. Additional services include enrollment assistance, academic advising, and employment services. In addition to gaining skills and stackable credentials, participants at NVCC will earn between 9-12 college credits that may be used towards a degree.

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