New and Renewing Members*

New Members

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Institutional Investment Consulting, Inc.

Mortgage Master

D & M Packing, LLC

Crossfit Reload

Shoff Darby Co., Inc.


*As of September 9, 2013

Thank You to Our Renewing Members

Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.

ADP TotalSource

Bill Wildman Floor Covering, Inc.

BL Companies, Inc.

Cheshire House Health Care Facility

Comfort Inn


Connecticut Dance Theatre, Inc.

Cornerstone Physical Therapy, LLC

Courtyard Waterbury Downtown

Defining Moments Salon, Barber and Spa

Eyelet Design, Inc.

F.W. Webb

Family Services of Greater Waterbury Inc.

Grinding Control Technologies, LLC

H.J. Bushka & Sons Lumber & Millwork Co.

Kernan, Scully & McDonald, LLP


Lenkowski Lonergan & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants & Consultants

M.J. Fahy & Sons, Inc.


Montagno Construction, Inc.

Naugatuck Softee

Naugatuck Window & Glass

People's United Bank

Pustola & Associates

Raymour & Flanigan Furniture

Regional Hospice of Western CT

Resource Development Associates

RIY Business Group, Inc.

Seven Angels Theatre, Inc.

Silas Bronson Library

Systems Support Group, Inc.

The DeCicco Law Firm

The Golf Club at Oxford Greens

Thomaston Savings Bank

Waterbury Generation, LLC

Wesson Energy, Inc.


Your Guardian Angel, LLC

*As of September 9, 2013


Upcoming Chamber Events

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Out for Business at Facsia's Chocolate



Cost, Access and Change: Next Steps of the Affordable Care Act





19th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards Dinner



The Entrepreneur in You presented by YPOWR



Naugatuck Chamber 2013 Mayoral Debate



The Avenues of Access Health CT



31st Annual Business Women's Forum



October Out for Business and Leadership Greater Waterbury Welcome Reception at Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility 



Out for Health at Paradigm Healthcare





Watertown/Oakville Annual Meeting

at the Grand Oak Villa



November Out for Business at The Siemon Company



HealthCare Updates for Medical Practices



STEM/Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Expo



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A Message from our President, Lynn Ward

The start of autumn this month often marks a return to busier schedules in the business community and the Chamber has a number of events in the coming weeks. Our next Out for Business networking reception will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at Fascia's Chocolates, 44 Chase River Road, Waterbury, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a Buzz Session "Why You Need Background Screening," from 5 p.m. to 5:30 presented by Lori Turmel, of Employer's Reference Source.

The 19th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Awards Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville will take place on Wednesday, October 2. At this event, Attorney Gary B. O'Connor, of Pullman & Comely, LLC, will receive the Malcolm Baldrige Community Award,  Jack E. Traver, Jr., of Traver IDC, will receive the Chamber's 2013 Leadership Award, and Virginia O'Rourke Cookson, of O'Rourke & Birch Florist, will receive the Chamber's 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. The not-to-miss evening also includes a silent auction to raise funds for the Chamber's economic development efforts.This year's Business Women's Forum (BWF), Connecticut's largest and longest-running full-day annual conference for women, on October 18will feature Kathy Ireland CEO and chief designer of the design empire Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the 23rd most powerfully licensed brand in the world as one of two keynote speakers. The conference will also feature six professional development workshops, all-day networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception. If you've considered professional development training for yourself of any your female staff, 2013 BWF represents an ideal opportunity.

I encourage you to please keep reading and scrolling for the latest news and announcements from our members!

As always, feel free to contact me if I can be of support to your business.

Lynn Signature

Chamber News and Updates
Recruitment is underway for the 2013-2014  Leadership Greater Waterbury Program Year.  Sponsored by Savings Bank of Danbury, we are excited to announce that applications are being accepted now. Be apart of the next class and make a difference in our Greater Waterbury community. The program year runs from October - June and introduces students to key leaders, pressing issues and educational skill-sets focused on change, teams, communication, innovation, vision and more. Email Courtney for more information.

Welcome New Members

 On Wednesday, August 21, the City of Waterbury held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Waterbury Career Academy, which will mirror the curricula of the state's regional Vo-Tech schools, while serving Waterbury students. Members of the Chamber's Manufacturers Council have helped the city design the new school's manufacturing programming. 

On Thursday, August 22, Mathnasium held a grand opening ceremony for its Naugatuck Valley location at West Main St., Waterbury. Mathnasium tutors in math and specializes in grades K-12.  Left to right: Instructor Justin Michaud, Waterbury Regional Chamber Membership Director Cathy Dalton, Mayor Neil O'Leary, Co-owner and Center Director Maggie Tremaglio, Co-Owner  Ray Tremaglio and Instructor Nick Amatruda.


On Wednesday, August 21, Posh Studios held its Grand Opening Ceremony. The photography studio is located 76 Grand Street, Waterbury. Pictured, Waterbury Regional Chamber Director of Special Events Director Courtney Ligi, Waterbury Economic Development Director Joe McGrath, Mayor Neil O'Leary, Owner Maria Catalano, Realtor Dom Giglio, and Owner Izzy Catalano.  


A special thank you to The Village at East Farms who hosted our August Out for Business in their Lodge Building. Guests enjoyed wonderful cocktails and hor's oeuvres while they enjoyed networking and meeting Chamber members. Pictured left to right: Joanne Morotto of WH Pickett Drug Store, Patricia Diorio of Como Bakery-La Dolce Vita, Allison Steeves of Shoff Darby Co., Inc., and Elizabeth Petruccione of Losing Weight with Elizabeth.  

Member News, Promotions, Honors and Updates

Bounce for a Cure at Party Plus

For $10 per child, children can bounce in an assortment of party bounces, play games and enjoy free popcorn, cotton candy and Slusheez all to benefit the Greater Waterbury Relay for Live, American Cancer Society, Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Party Plus, 95 Wolcott Road, Wolcott.


We All Scream for Ice Cream...

Have you ever seen someone frown while eating ice cream? Everyone has a fun time, and CT Web Factory had a great time designing and developing this site for family-owned and operated Ice Cream Catering CT. With a 30-year history serving Baskin-Robbins to the public, their decision to offer mobile ice cream catering services was easy. Learn more about how CT Web Factory can help market your business by calling today 203.565.6578 or visit them online at


CT Tech Services

-- Important Announcement 


Microsoft is dropping support for its Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. This may leave you with many uncertainties and questions, and can also compromise the security of your computer. What does that mean to you? CT Tech Services has the answer to these questions and more. For more information on what to do, contact us today by calling 203.704.7478 or visiting



Fascia's Chocolates Welcomed Governor Malloy  

Fascia's Chocolates, celebrating 50 years of success, welcomed Governor Dannel P. Malloy August 28 to their soon-to-open chocolate-making factory and retail store at 44 Chase River Road. The new 12,500 square foot factory's Grand Opening Celebration will be held October 12, 13 and 14, will include factory tours, free samples of Fascia's Chocolates, their new gelatos and sorbets, and raffle prizes. Music and entertainment will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Factory tours, held between noon and 6:00 p.m., are $5/person, and $10/person and include the opportunity to 'make-your-own chocolate bar'. For information, visit, or call 203-753-0515.


Relocation for Flooring America

Flooring America is happy to announce the relocation of the Woodbury store to Southbury, 88 Main Street South - 203-266-4689. For all your floor covering needs.


Energy Systems Sales & Training LLC (ESST) & IMTI Receive VA Approval for Solar PV & Other "Green" Trade Apprenticeship Training Programs

ESST-Energy Systems Sales & Training LLC and IMTI-Industrial Management & Training Institute at 233 Mill Street in Waterbury announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved their "green jobs" apprenticeship training programs for solar PV energy professionals, electrical technicians, electronics systems technicians, HVAC and plumbing technicians. Marcel Veronneau, ESST and IMTI Founder and CEO, said that with VA approval any U.S. Veteran is eligible to obtain VA funding to take the courses to become certified and job-ready in the career of their choice. IMTI trains electricians, plumbers, electronic systems and HVAC technicians and is open seven days a week with day, evening and weekend classes. For more information, visit www.IMTIUSA.COM or call 203-753-7910.           


Losing Weight with Elizabeth

Elizabeth Petruccione, author of "Losing Weight with Elizabeth: The Handbook" and motivational weight loss coach, is presenting a 20-week weight loss course Wednesdays at noon at the Greater Waterbury Regional Chamber. The cost is $200 for the 20-week session, payable in installments, and focuses on planning and preparing tasty low-calorie foods, exercise tips, suggestions for dining out, and group support to attain your weight loss goals.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Petruccione at 203-592-3007.


Naugatuck Savings Bank Gives Employees Awards for Outstanding Customer Service

Naugatuck Savings Bank (NSB) awarded their quarterly customer service commendation to Craig Wallace, Assistant VP, Infrastructure Operations. The SARF Award (Safety & Security, Accuracy, Responsiveness and Friendly, Personalized Service) is given every quarter to the employee who best represents the Bank's engrained culture of giving customers the service and dedication they deserve, every day.  Craig has worked for NSB for 10 years, mentors at the Children's Community School in Waterbury, and resides in Marlborough. Photo - left to right - Sorrina Salvatore, Branch Manager; John Jahne, VP, CIO; Craig Wallace AVP, Infrastructure Operations; Deborah Wheelahan, EVP, COO.


Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches PR Campaigns for Waterbury "Legends":Fascia's Chocolates, O'Rourke & Birch Florist, The Grotto Restaurant

This spring, Branagan Communications Consultants (BCC) launched a regional eastern United States publicity campaign to announce Fascia's Chocolates' 50th anniversary and the purchase of their own building at 44 Chase River Road. In August, a campaign was launched to publicize the 90th anniversary of O'Rourke & Birch Florist Inc., 170 Freight Street, named an FTD Master Florist and creator of Vera Wang Wedding floral arrangements making them one of only eight designated florists in Connecticut. Virginia "Ginny" O'Rourke Cookson, owner of O'Rourke & Birch for 44 years, has been named the Waterbury Regional Chamber's 2013 Volunteer of the Year. BCC also launched a publicity campaign to announce the 75th anniversary of The Grotto Restaurant, 634 Watertown Avenue, which will host anniversary special events including a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on September 11 and special dinner offerings and door prizes through September 14. To learn more about the awareness-building publicity placement services of BCC, visit or call 860-210-0149.



Naugatuck YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director and  Hosts Future Events

Come and meet Susan Talbot, the new CEO of the Naugatuck YMCA at an Open House on Tuesday, September 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and while you're there, check out the programs being offered this fall.  Light refreshments will be offered throughout the day. The Pre-Auction Gift dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at Santos' Restaurant from 6:00-8:00 pm. A Fine Wine and Liquors will host a wine tasting prior to dinner. Guests are asked to bring an auction gift with a minimum $25 retail value. For further information contact Cathie Mauritz at  

Songs for a Cure - An evening of musical entertainment performed by local artists: Chuck Czajkowski, members of the Farmertan Band and the group A Will A Way on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:00-10:00pm.  Light refreshments and cash bar available.  Tickets ($20 donation per person) are available at the YMCA and Santos' Restaurant.  Proceeds will go to Theresa's Battleship to help fight Pediatric Sarcoma in memory of Theresa Fitzpatrick.



Connecticut Community Foundation Gives Local Challenge

The Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) is celebrating its 90th Anniversary by sponsoring GiveLocal 2013-- a 36-hour online giving challenge in mid-November to inspire people in our community to give generously to local nonprofit organizations that make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Every gift will generate matching funds; participating organizations may also win cash prizes. CCF is seeking business partners that will contribute matching funds/prizes as an incentive for individual giving. Sponsors will be acknowledged as donors throughout the GiveLocal 2013 challenge. To find out more, contact Edwin Rodriguez at 203-753-1315 x 102 or


Traver IDC 75th Anniversary Celebration

Traver IDC invites Chamber members to their 75th Anniversary Celebration on October 9, from noon to 6 p.m. at 151 Homer Street in Waterbury, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 for the new engineering and panel shop. Plant tours will run throughout the afternoon and will include informational tables highlighting products, services, and special offers available that day, including 75% off select items. This fourth generation business does "everything electrical". The company, founded in 1938 as a motor repair shop by Al Traver Sr., has since expanded to further specialize in electrical contracting, product sales, engineering services, and energy conservation projects, which all compliment its original department of motor repair. The business remains family owned and operated, with three generations currently working for the company. Check out their video at and for more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Traver at 

A celebration to benefit Quilts That Care, Inc. will be held Thursday, October 24, 5-8 pm at The Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Road, Waterbury. Come join The Village, Leever Cancer Center, American Cancer Society and many more for hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, live music, door prizes and quilt displays. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets email:   


Upcoming Workshop with Victoria Ann Diaz, Life Balance Health Coach (203) 343-6516


Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-8:00pm Write Yourself Free Meeting House, Westport - What's Eating You? The Food and Stress Connection That's Keeping Us Fat!
Explore how a more balanced lifestyle combined with healthier food choices can keep you energized, reduce stress and weight naturally, eliminate sugar cravings, help you get a more restful sleep, improve your love life, and reduce the risk of disease! Fee: $15 for early registration or $20 at the door.