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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;

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