Latest Updates and Announcements

Latest Updates and Announcements

Attorney David Baram was designated a Super Lawyer for 2020

Congratulations to Chamber member, David Baram!
 
Attorney David Baram was designated a Super Lawyer for 2020 published in the November issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Super Lawyers select attorneys by accepting nominations from attorneys throughout the state, evaluation by a third party research team looking at 12 key categories, review by acredentialed Blue Ribbon Panel of attorneys, and final selection.
 
Attorney Baram was one of nine attorneys in Connecticut listed a Super Attorney in the practice area of Business/Corporate.
In addition to his practice in business and corporate law, Attorney Baram practices in the areas of Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Probate and Estate Planning, Family Law, Zoning and Municipal Law, Personal Injury, and Employment Law. He is a partner in the law firm of O’Malley, Deneen, Leary, Messina and Oswecki with offices in Windsor and Bloomfield.
 
Previously he was the managing member of his former law firm Baram, Tapper & Gans LLC.

 

Total Health Gym Offers Municipality Discount to Chamber Members

Option #1: Total+ Membership 
*BEST VALUE* 
$179 One Year Paid in Full Membership – Includes unlimited classes featuring Spinning, Yoga, Zumba, Kickboxing, TRX, Full Body Bootcamp, and more. Also includes free guest privileges on Saturdays and Sundays! EXCLUSIVE ADDED BONUS: Buy one, get one half off! Receive a second Total+ membership for a family member living in the same household for just $89 and 10% off our personal training services! 

Option #2: Basic Membership 
$99 One Year Paid in Full Membership – Includes access to equipment in the club only. 

*One time $20 processing fee plus tax applied to all options at time of joining. Offer exclusive to Bloomfield Chamber Members, Town employees and municipalities only. Please present town ID at time of joining. 

 

Bloomfield Chamber welcomes new members…

Counseling For Change, LLC
34 Jerome Avenue, Suite 306
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Many Rivers Community Acupuncture, LLC
3 Barnard Lane, Suite 205
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 683-0011

 

Make Connecticut Count
Town of Bloomfield Encourages All Employees to Participate in US Census.

In an effort to increase Connecticut’s response rate, the Town of Bloomfield joins Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz in calling on ALL employers to encourage their workers to respond to the decennial count. In partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Town of Bloomfield joins businesses, nonprofits, cultural organizations, and other employers to give employees 10 designated minutes to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. Get started by going to https://2020census.gov/en.html

6/9/2020
Bloomfield Chamber Welcomes Newest Members

Contours Hair & Spa
Rehoboth Church of God
Sir Speedy of Bloomfield
Marclion McMikle Insurance Agency
AA Glass, Inc
Gospelodeum, LLC
Midstate Site Development, LLC

Support Bloomfield and members of the Bloomfield Chamber. Let them know you were  referred by the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. 

6/9/2020

CT Business Reopening and Recovery Center

Welcome to the Business Reopening and Recovery Center for the State of Connecticut. This is your one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State’s emergency Coronavirus response.

5/30/2020

CT Statewide Virtual Hiring Event – Employers Needed 

Connecticut’s Virtual Hiring Event will be a three day event held Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18. We are currently seeking employers interested in participating to quickly fill open positions.

Employers who are interested in participating must:
1. Have hiring needs within Connecticut
2. Have 5 or more openings
3. Have a Zoom Pro account
4. Be willing to report # of hires

To participate, employers can click on the link, https://lnkd.in/g-jTCcf , complete this intake form and a representative from Indeed will follow up with them to complete sign up. In order to provide job seekers with ample time to sign up for an interview time slot, we are asking employers to complete the intake form by 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 2.

5/27/2020

Governor’s Reopen CT Report

The governor just issued the Reopen CT Report that contains the recommendations from his advisory committee. It also lists the venues which will open in each of the four phases and what milestones need to be reached for the next phase to happen. View link below.

Governor’s Reopen CT Report 

May 21, 2020

Bloomfield to host Car Parade of Veterans and First Responders for Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Due to COVID-19 the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Town Center Parade originally scheduled for May 25, 2020 have been altered to meet the social distancing guidelines. In place of the Town Center Parade, a Car Parade of Veterans and First Responders will be held throughout town beginning at 10:00 AM, see car parade route attached. Step outside to wave and cheer on all of the parade participants as they pass by!

Wreaths will be placed at the monuments on the Town Green along with American Flags. American Flags will also be placed throughout Mountain View Cemetery. The Town encourages all residents to spend time this Memorial Day 2020 to remember and recognize those who have fallen in your own, personal way. 

May 18, 2020

Gov. Lamont Delays Reopening of Conn. Hair Salons and Barbershops; Now Targeting June 1 Reopening

Hair salons and barbershops were originally part of the state’s phase one reopening set for May 20 but on May 18, the governor announced these businesses would not be able to reopen until June. 
Learn more here.

May 15, 2020

Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship

CONNSTEP and CBIA have partnered with the state of Connecticut to help distribute infrared thermometers to small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. The thermometers, which can support workplace screening and health checks, are available free to Connecticut employers with 100 or fewer employees.

Eligible businesses can request a thermometer through this website.

Requested thermometers will be distributed based on the city or town in which the business is located. Designated municipalities will contact local employers with the date, time, and location to collect requested thermometers.

May 11, 2020

SECTOR RULES FOR MAY 20TH REOPEN

Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system will be online this week, and a link will be added to this page at that time.
Visit here for more information

May 11, 2020

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FREE ONLINE LEARNING?

Upgrade your skills! Learn new skills! Get ready to get back to work!
The SkillUp CT program is coordinated by the Connecticut Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in collaboration with the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC) and the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL).

 

(May 8, 2020)

$110B in Funding Remains for Small Businesses and Non-profits

$110 billion in funding remains for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Many Connecticut companies and non-profits have taken advantage of this program to date, with approximately 30,000 organizations approved for $2.5 billion in forgivable loans so far during this round.  

The PPP provides forgivable loans to small businesses and non-profits with less than 500 employees. 75% of the loan must be used for payroll expenses, with the remaining used on rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. More Information about the PPP can be found on the SBA website

Connecticut has more than 350 SBA-approved banks and credit unions that can help your organization secure this critical funding. If you do not have an existing banking relationship, you can also apply for this program through approved online lenders (fintechs) like PayPal, QuickBooks, Bluevine, Funding Circle, Kabbage, OnDeck, and Square. Funding for this program will not last much longer. Small businesses are encouraged to apply today. 

(May 7, 2020)

Entrepreneur Grant $5,000: NDN Foundation 

The NDN Collective is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Indigenous artists and small businesses for support during the COVID-19 health crisis. Funding is intended to assist artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses that face economic hardship. If you haven’t applied already, go here now.
Maximum Amount: $5,000
Application Deadline: 5/29/2020
 

Take the Small Business Reopening Survey

Small Business Reopening Survey, for business owners.

COVID-19 – NEWS FOR CT BUSINESSES Invitation to Participate – State of Connecticut Business Survey

A business survey, issued in partnership by AdvanceCT, the Department of Economic and Community Development, and the CBIA is now open online. The goal is to provide feedback to the state and policymakers regarding how Connecticut businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please take the time to complete this short, (12-question) survey and share it with other Connecticut businesses. The more responses, the more meaningful the data.  The survey will remain open in the days ahead, allowing the State to track progress and hear the business community’s feedback on the crisis over a period of time.  The results of the survey will be made public.  The survey will help the State modulate its response, track business sentiment towards the crisis, and prioritize initiatives. Here is the link to the business survey: https://www.research.net/r/COVID19BizSurvey  

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