Grotto and Mrs. G 75th Anniversary

Posted September 13, 2013 by waterburychamber
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Grotto and Mrs. G 75th Anniversary

On Wednesday, September 11, The Grotto Restaurant, 634 Watertown Ave Waterbury, held a ceremony marking 75 years in business. Pictured, State Rep. Victor Cuevas, D-75, Waterbury Regional Chamber Membership Director Cathy Dalton, Waterbury Economic Development Director Joe McGrath, Mayor Neil O’Leary, Co-Owner Bernadette Graziosa, Co-Owner Joe Graziosa, State Sen. Rob Kane, R-32 and State Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-73.

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September Chamber Connection

Posted September 13, 2013 by waterburychamber
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September Chamber Connection

View our September newsletter and get the latest information on Chamber and Member activities. Interested in showcasing your company in our newsletter, email newsletter@waterburychamber.com

Posh Studios Grand Opening

Posted September 5, 2013 by waterburychamber
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Posh Studios Grand Opening

76 Center Street, Downtown Waterbury

MA+thnasium Grand Opening

Posted September 5, 2013 by waterburychamber
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MA+thnasium Grand Opening

1249 West Main Street, Waterbury

Leadership Greater Waterbury

Posted September 5, 2013 by waterburychamber
Categories: Leadership Greater Waterbury, Membership, Networking, New members, State of CT

If you’ve long considered pursuing valuable cost-effective professional development and training for your employees, the Leadership Greater Waterbury (LGW) program is an ideal opportunity. The program, which is now accepting applications for its 2014 class, will immerse your employee in our region, as he or she networks with fellow participants and develops lasting relationships that will benefit your business in the long-term.

The program is designed to educate local professionals to become aware of the attributes and opportunities of the greater Waterbury region. Furthermore, the program strives to develop future leaders ready to give back on behalf of their company.  It also provides additional exposure as the participant meets and builds relationships with regional leaders, representing their employer on a broad scale.

Leadership Greater Waterbury provides a creative, interactive environment to engage with regional leaders and discuss the challenges that affect Greater Waterbury. Since 1985, hundreds of Chamber members have found their LGW participation beneficial to their careers.  Leadership Steering Committee Chair Carl Rosa, CEO of Main Street Waterbury, explains, “Leadership Greater Waterbury is an opportunity for professionals in our region to develop their leadership skills and learn a great deal about the assets and challenges of our community.  Further, it is an important tool that offers invaluable training and skill building imminently necessary for career development.”

Each student is responsible for collaborating and contributing in a self-directed, community-oriented team project. One of LGW’s more recent accomplishments was the proposal to create “YPOWR,” a professional association focused on retaining and recruiting young professionals to the greater Waterbury area. This organization began as a team project for the LGW Class of 2011 and has grown to more than 100 members since its founding the following year.

LGW Class of 2013 graduate Paula Mastrianna, of MacDermid Inc, said that the program’s group dynamic plays an important role in personal and professional development.  “It’s a wonderful program that allows you to interact and work with people who have many different personalities, work ethics and backgrounds. It’s a rewarding growing process in nine months, especially for those people who may not have been in the workforce all that long.”

Lissa Jennings, of Bentley Systems, a fellow LGW Class of 2013 graduate, said members also learned several valuable lessons through the program’s group project component, including one involving the exchange of ideas. “Our group wanted everyone to be up front and direct and make sure no one was afraid to state their opinion on things. That communication really helped us move forward in ways we wouldn’t have if people were more reserved.”

If you or one of your employees is interested in developing leadership abilities to further personal and professional development, applications for this year’s Leadership Greater Waterbury class are available until September 13, 2013 by calling the Chamber at 203-757-0701 or emailing program director Courtney Ligi at cligi@waterburychamber.com. To learn more about the program and to view a list of alumni, please visit www.waterburychamber.com

Lynn Ward is president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber.  You can reach her by e-mail at lward@waterburychamber.com or by phone at (203) 757-0701.

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2013 Business Women Forum

Posted September 5, 2013 by waterburychamber
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Connecticut’s largest and longest-running full-day annual conference for women, the Business Women’s Forum (BWF) marks a milestone this year, as we return the event to the community where it originated. Begun in 1983, the past six forums have been held in Hartford. The Chamber has been asked by a number of BWF’s core supporters whether we would consider returning to greater Waterbury and agree this is an ideal time to do so, since we’ve achieved statewide recognition and branding for the event and its programming. It will be held on Friday, October 18 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, a location convenient to many businesses in CT, and feature two keynote speakers, six professional development workshops, all-day networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.

 

‘Be The Change’ is the inspiring theme of this year’s forum. Our keynote luncheon speaker will be Kathy Ireland, CEO and chief designer of the design empire Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the 23rd most powerfully licensed brand in the world. Ireland began her career as a supermodel and morphed into what the Associated Press and the London Times identify as “a best friend to busy working mothers.” We are confident she will provide forum attendees with tremendous insight, inspiration and encouragement for their businesses and careers.

 

Psychologist, author, consultant and motivator, Dr. Janet Lapp will serve as our morning speaker., Dr. Lapp’s presentation will provide attendees with exciting insights into their individual business styles and ways to assess their personal leadership skills and how to acquire tools for improving and expanding their capabilities. As one of the most influential people in the fashion industry as cited to Fairchild Publications, Dr. Lapp, a leader in workplace transformation, a psychologist, author, consultant and motivational speaker, is known to possess a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into usable answers.

2013 BWF Chairwoman Robin Sills, of Naugatuck Valley Radiology, said “Since its inception, the BWF has provided an unprecedented number of attendees with access to phenomenal, high-profile speakers, networking opportunities and diverse training during the course of a full day of activities. This year’s forum will provide the state’s businesswomen the same high quality programming they’ve come to expect and value.”                

We are grateful to our Star Partner, Post University, for their strong support. The BWF has generated in excess of $135,000 in scholarship funds for female Post University students to pursue a business education.  The mission of the non-profit BWF is to encourage equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business. We are also appreciative of the support of BWF partners Barker Specialty Company, Webster Bank and Jaci Carroll Staffing.

If you’ve considered professional development training for yourself of any your female staff, 2013 BWF represents an ideal opportunity.  Tickets are $175/person, which includes workshops, speakers, continental breakfast, lunch, and a closing wine and cheese reception. Tables of 10 with preferred seating and signage are available for $2,000.  Tables and individual tickets can be obtained by visiting www.2013bwf.com or calling (203) 757-0701.

 

Lynn Ward is president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber.  You can reach her by e-mail at lward@waterburychamber.com or by phone at (203) 757-0701 Image