Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare in Talks to Merge
The Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare recently announced that the boards of both food banks are in discussions to merge as one statewide organization to more effectively serve people in Connecticut who struggle with food insecurity.
Foodshare Board chair Beth Henry and Connecticut Food Bank past Board chair Wes Higgins have led the process for the two organizations and released a statement today regarding the progress of the talks. “We have been engaged in a deliberate and thoughtful process to determine how we can achieve our united mission with our experienced and dedicated staff, our partner agencies, our volunteers, and our donors. We look forward to providing an update early in 2021.”
Camp Bow Wow Bloomfield Opens This Week
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE FIRST DAY!!
Camp Bow Wow Bloomfield opened this week! Make your reservations today. All services will be available when they open: daycare, night boarding, baths, & enrichment services. The team is excited to serve the community and take care of your pups! Schedule your reservation here!
- At least four months old
- Spayed or neutered (if seven months or older)
- Current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccines
- In good overall health
- Wearing a quick-release collar
- Dog and people friendly
- Able to pass the Interview and Evaluation
Camp Bow Wow Bloomfield is located at 122 West Dudley Town Road, in Bloomfield, CT.
Watch their video to learn more!
Thank you Senators Doug McCrory and Derek Slap, State Representative Bobby Gibson, and Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown for your participation.
Mark your calendars for the next Legislative Power Hour on March 11, 2021.
Attorney David Baram was designated a Super Lawyer for 2020
Total Health Gym Offers Municipality Discount to Chamber Members
Option #1: Total+ Membership
$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.
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
Bloomfield Chamber Welcomes Newest Members
Support Bloomfield and members of the Bloomfield Chamber. Let them know you were referred by the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
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.
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
May 11, 2020
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FREE ONLINE LEARNING?
(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
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