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April 30, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

May 2013 News, Notes & Save the Dates

Save the Dates!

New Britain has always been a philanthropic community. On any given night, you could attend an event that provides inspiration while doing great work in the community. As part of our Chamber blog and newsletters, we will regularly highlight great opportunities for our Chamber members to network while supporting our non-profit Chamber members. Why not plan to support these events as you entertain clients or try to identify new customers as part of your business outreach efforts?

Get to Know Chief Wardwell! Thursday, May 9th, 7:30am-9am

If you haven’t already done so, please call or email the Chamber to reserve your seat for the Business Breakfast with City of New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell. This event is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th, from 7:30am-9:00am at the ITBD, 185 Main Street in downtown. Tickets are $20. The Chamber is pleased to announce that Automotive Connection, located at 175 Newington Avenue in New Britain is our signature breakfast series sponsor for this event.

Get in the Spirit with the Berlins Lions Club! Saturday, May 11th, 7pm-10pm

On Saturday, May 11, the Berlin Lions Club Charities and Berlin Spirits are hosting their 5th Annual Wine Tasting event at the Berlin Fairgrounds from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Music will be provided by the Savage Brothers Band. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Roger’s Marketplace and Berlin Spirits.

The Berlin Economic Development Commission Awards, May 15, 2013


Celebrate the positive economic upswing in Berlin by attending the annual Economic Development Commission Awards reception which is being jointly sponsored by the Town of Berlin and the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, New Britain-Berlin. The awards list for 2013 includes:

  • The Developer of the Year Award is being presented to Cedar Realty Trust for its renovation of the Brickyard Plaza on the Berlin Turnpike including the addition of Kohl’s.
  • Volunteer of the Year will be presented to David Cyr, longtime Chairman of the Economic Development Commission, economic development advocate and noted community leader.
  • The Business of the Year Award will be presented to Corbin & Russwin in recognition of the relocation of a Yale Lock affiliate and many jobs to their Berlin facility.
  • A Beautification Award is being presented to Berlin Lions Club in to acknowledge their donation of the gazebo that is a focal point of the Town’s Berlin Veterans Memorial Park.
  • And finally, New Business of the Year Awards are being presented to Kohl’s and Czepiga Daly LLC.

The event is being held on Wednesday May 15 at the Baltic Restaurant. For more information contact Berlin Economic Development Director Jim Mahoney at 860-828-7005 or the New Britain, Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 860-229-1665. The invitation is also posted under events on the home page of the Town web site.

OIC Bestows Awards on Community Members:  Thursday, May 16, 2013

OIC New Britain hosts its Annual Awards reception at their 114 North Street offices on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Social hour will be held from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, and the Awards reception will begin at 6:00pm. This year’s  award recipients include:

Joseph H. Harper, Jr. receiving the Leon Howard Sullivan Award

Scott Whipple receiving the Angelo Tomasso Community Award

Robin Shaw receiving the OIC Essence Award

Emma Pierce receiving the Connie Wilson Collins Award

Friends of OIC  may also send in a Tribute gift and comment to be printed for Connie Collins’ Legacy. The cost for the Tribute gift and comment is $100.00. Tickets to the event are $50 and are available by calling 860-224-7151. They are not going to be sold at the door.

Business After Hours: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Individuals with Autism: An Undiscovered Resource in the Workplace: A Guide to Nurturing Hidden Talents in Your Community

A large percentage of the workforce will be retiring in the next 5 -15 years. Businesses will soon need to hire new talent.  Individuals with autism have a tremendous amount of skill, competency and dedication to offer employers.  Come learn more with speakers Jill Larmett, Disability Navigator with Capital Workforce Partners and CTWorks and Jerry Brick, General Manager of Lake Compounce at the Klingberg Family Centers Raymond Hill School, 370 Linwood Street in New Britain. To RSVP, please email Jennifer Sawyer at  This event is co-sponsored by the Klingberg Family Centers, Capital Workforce Partners, the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the Hospital for Special Care, Connecticut Autism Action Coalition and the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.


Gerry Berthiaume, Youth Employer Engagement Specialist reports that the 2013 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP) is in full swing with students from across the Capital Workforce Partners region filling out applications on line at the website;

In this Tier III, State subsidized program, students must be 16 years of age by July 1, 2013 to be eligible to work this summer and must also receive free or reduced lunch at their high schools (New Britain High School or EC Goodwin Technical High School). To participate in the Tier I program (for students 14-15 years of age) students must contact the staff at either the New Britain YWCA or Pathways Senderos directly.

Students will work a total of 120 hours during the 5-6 week program which is scheduled to begin on or around July 15, 2013. They will be paid a minimum of $8.25 per hour; with the ability to make $990.00 dollars this summer (minus federal and state taxes).

Last summer, a total of 247 New Britain youth participated in the SYELP and approximately 50 worksites participated in the program as well.

Because of limited state funds, Capital Workforce Partners is looking for private sector  support with the hope that businesses participate in unsubsidized internships; that is internships that are employer paid. Berthiaume reports that last year they had 6 worksites step up to the plate and participate in this program. CWP’s goal for 2013 is to access even more unsubsidized internships .

For more information on the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program and unsubsidized internships please contact Gerry Berthiaume at the Greater New Britain Chamber office at (860) 229-1665 x213 or email Gerry at;

March 26, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Member, Papa’s Dodge, hosts Sock Hop event to benefit Special Olympics

Please join Papa’s Dodge in supporting the Special Olympics with a special Sock Hop event on Saturday, April 13th!  Guests will be treated to a  variety of food stations and fabulous raffle prizes, including a 7 day, 6 night stay in Puerto Rico!  Hurry, tickets are selling fast.  Please RSVP at 1.888.614.9028.

papa's dodge sock hop

March 20, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Dreading your spring cleaning? These members can help!

Chamber Member, General Cleaning, offers special services to shorten you spring cleaning TO DO list

Spring Time Chores

Spring has sprung…bringing with it warm temperatures, sunny skies and yes, you guessed it, the dreaded spring cleaning.  What many perceive as a daunting task, takes up time, energy and well, just isn’t a whole lot of fun!

But there is an answer!  General Cleaning can alleviate your stress and help you accomplish those minute tasks that you just don’t have time for.  Owner Jose R. Diaz offers high quality services at the lowest prices available.  His specialties include junk removal, power washing, carpet cleaning, floor waxing, driveway coating and painting…just to name a few.

Call General Cleaning at 860.462.1333 and schedule your free quote TODAY.  For more information, email

Don’t let spring get you down!  General Cleaning is here to help.

March 15, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Polamer Precision moves to New Britain; Set to open in October

Polamer Precision is on the Move!


photo(6)Construction has begun on Polamer Precision’s 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility located at New Britain’s Pinnacle Park Center.

The state of the art advanced manufacturing building, which specializes in the production of high quality engine & airframe components,  is anticipated to open for production in early October. 

March 14, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Cedar Mountain Commons, an affiliate of Hartford Heathcare, hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day Meet & Greet Event

meet and greet


March 12, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

New Britain Police Department Hosts Special Women’s AM Network Meeting


Friday, March 15th, 8:00 to 10:15 AM

New Britain Police Department 10 Chestnut Street, New Britain


NBPD buildingThe Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain, Berlin invites our female chamber members to attend a very special Women’s AM Network at the New Britain Police Department.  This event will include a brief introduction from New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell and a tour of the facility.

Guests will get a sneak peak at the various departments within the building and will have the opportunity to “police train” in the simulation room! *Please plan accordingly as this particular Women’s AM Network will lapse the usual 8 to 9 time frame.*

Coffee and light continental breakfast items will be available.  Attendance is free but reservations are required.  Please call 860.229.1665 or email to RSVP.

March 6, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce



Representatives of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain, Berlin recently attended “Chamber Day” at the State of Connecticut Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Guests had the opportunity to listen to Governor Malloy’s strategic business plan for Connecticut’s future which included job creation and retention, reforming the state’s education system and working towards middle class tax reform.


Following the Governor’s presentation, State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), House Republican Leader Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk) and Speaker of the House J. Brendan Starkey (D-Hamden) spoke on a number of issues. A question and answer session followed their presentations allowing guests the opportunity to voice their comments and concerns.

March 5, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Capital Workforce Partners provides Employee Advancement Programs for a workforce in need

About Capital Workforce Partners

cwp black imageCapital Workforce Partners provides workforce development programs and services to 37 municipalities in North Central Connecticut.  Capital Workforce Partners coordinates comprehensive programs provided through contracted private and public partners and service providers. These programs are critical in developing a skilled, educated and vital workforce.  Led by a consortium of the region’s chief elected officials, and representatives from business, education, labor and public groups serving on its Board of Directors, Capital Workforce Partners is an essential “Partner” for economic development in the region.

Employee Advancement Program

  • A program to increase the skills and talent of your existing workforce.
  • Your company may be eligible for a 50/50, dollar-for-dollar match in training dollars to advance employees and help businesses be more competitive.
  • Priority will be given to Capital Workforce Partners’ targeted Advanced Manufacturing,
    Healthcare, and Construction sectors, as well as training programs that will result in wage increases and promotions of participating employees.

 Contact – Dan Garewski 860-899-3453;

March 4, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Chamber member,Turnpike Motors Autobody, gives successful multi-chamber event a second go around!

Join the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain, Berlin and Turnpike Motors Autobody for a very special multi-chamber Business after Hours event!

turnpike auto logo

Chamber member, Turnpike Motors Autobody, is at it again!  On Tuesday, March 12th from 5 to 7 PM the autobody shop will be hosting its second annual Multi Chamber after Hours affair.  Chamber members from all across the state will be in attendance, including Rocky Hill, Newington, Glastonbury & Whethersfield!  This is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with some new faces. There will be prize giveaways, raffles, special guests and MORE!  And let’s not forget about the food! 

A delicious assortment of food and beverage will be provided by New York Pickle Deli Restaurant and Suburban Liquors. Attendance is FREE but reservations are REQUIRED.  Contact 860.229.1665 or email to reserve your spot TODAY! *Turnpike Motors Autobody is located at 2550 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT.

We had some great fun last year, let’s make it count in 2013!

March 1, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Seasonal Park Maintainers NEEDED!

City of New Britain Parks and Recreation Department seeking Park Maintainer; now accepting applications

nb park and recMayor Timothy O’Brien and Recreation Commission Chairman Angelo D’Alfonso, and Vice Chairman Pat Dorsey announced today that the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting Season Park Maintainers to begin work on April 1st and continue working through November 27th of 2013.

The Park Maintainer job description includes mowing, string trimming, litter pickup, athletic field maintenance and general maintenance of the parks.  The hourly rate for these positions ranges from $9.50 to $11.00 per hour depending on experience.

The hours of this position s are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3 pm.  Applications are available in the Parks and Recreation Office in room 302 of City Hall at 27 West Main Street from 8:15 am to3:45 pm.

Bill DeMaio, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, noted that “Our goal is to increase the pool of good qualified candidates in order to hire the best employees to become part of our team.”

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 860.826.3360.