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Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce presents CT Paid Leave: What you Need to Know

Do you know everything there is to know about CT Paid Leave? Most businesses with one or more employees will be impacted by paid leave, which ensures that workers will not have to choose between a paycheck and their ability to care for themselves or their loved ones.  Join us on Wednesday, April 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for a conversation on paid leave  specifically for small businesses, including which employers must participate, who will be eligible for paid leave, and the resources available to support both businesses and workers. This webinar will be recorded.

Register now! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/bloomfieldchamber

 

The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut.

Round 3 will be announced in April.

The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help women-owned businesses pivot, expand or restructure during pandemic times and beyond.  Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business.  Priority will be given to those from economically distressed municipalities.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a WBDC business advisor.
Call 203-751-9550 and select option 4, or email info@ctwbdc.org.
Stay tuned for grant opportunities for startup ventures this spring!

The following resources are identified for general informational purposes only and are compiled with publicly available information or with information provided by sources that are publicly obtainable. Please view this document as only a starting point for individual research. The user should always directly consult the provider of a potential resource for current program information and to verify the applicability of a particular program. Resources listed without a deadline are usually available for applications on an ongoing basis.

Enhancing Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Vaccines against Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Description: CBER seeks to support several research projects that are focused on developing novel technologies for the advanced manufacturing of complex biologic products or innovative analytical approaches for improving product manufacturing and quality.
Deadline: May-18-2021
Funding Amount: $2,000,000
Dept/Agency Department of Health and Human Services/Food and Drug Administration
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=RFA-FD-21-033
Eligibility: Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, County governments, City or township governments, Nonprofits

Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program
Program Overview: The purpose of the Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program is to enhance local capacity to sustainably operate low-barrier, participant-led programs that address the home modification needs of low-income older persons and their caregivers.
Deadline: May-04- 2021
Funding:
$30,000,000
Dept:. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=FR-6400-N-69
Eligibility: Nonprofits , County governments, State governments, City or township governments, Special district governments

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections & Archives
Description:
The program supports digitization projects that will thoughtfully capture and share the untapped stories of people, communities, and populations who are underrepresented in digital collections in ways that contribute to a more complete understanding of human history.
Deadline: April-30-2021
Funding Amount:
$50,000 to $350,000
Dept/Agency Council on Library and Information Resources
Website https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/
Eligibility: Libraries from State governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Digital Projects for the Public
Description:
The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.
Deadline: Operational Draft: May-05-2021; Application: June-09-2021
Funding Amount: $30,000 maximum
Dept: National Endowment for the Humanities
Website https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/digital-projects-the-public
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, County governments, State governments, Special district governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, Private institutions of higher education

Conservation Innovation Grants Connecticut State Program

Description Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

Deadline: April-02-2021

Funding Amount: $10,000 to $250,000

Dept/Agency National Resources Conservation Service Connecticut

Website https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ct/programs/financial/cig/

Eligibility: Connecticut: a. City or township governments b. County governments c. For profit organizations other than small businesses  d. Independent school districts e. Individuals      f.  Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) g. Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) h. Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) i. Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) j. Private institutions of higher education k. Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education l. Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities m. Small businesses n. Special district governments  o. State governments

BUILD Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity

Description The Department is currently revising the FY 2021 BUILD Notice of Funding Opportunity. Any FY2021 BUILD NOFOs issued before January 21, 2021, including any previously published on this website or Grants.gov, are withdrawn, and will not be used. The Department will publish the final FY 2021 BUILD NOFO at Grants.gov and https://www.transportation.gov/buildgrants/build-nofo by the April 26, 2021 statutory deadline.

Deadline: By April-26-2021

Funding Amount: TBA

Dept: Department of Transportation

Website https://www.transportation.gov/buildgrants/build-nofo

Eligibility: TBA

March 16 is Connecticut Business Day 2021

Join hundreds of your fellow business leaders Tuesday, March 16 for Connecticut Business Day 2021. Your voice matters—this is your opportunity to share your concerns and challenges with state legislators and help improve the state’s business climate and competitiveness.

The next few years are pivotal for Connecticut’s economic future. Your attendance March 16 sends a message that businesses are a part of the solution.

Registration is free, but please register in advance. Reach out to your lawmakers before Business Day through Phone2Action!

 

ShopBlackCT.com Creates Visibility and Provides Support for Black-Owned Businesses

“Our goal is to have every Black-owned business that exists in Connecticut represented on the site—whether they’ve been in business for years or they’re just starting out,” says ShopBlackCT.com Founder and Co-Contributor Sarah Thompson, who is also Senior Director for Marketing Communications at The Village for Families & Children.

 

CHRISTINE PHILLIPS APPOINTED SENIOR VP, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AT WESTFIELD BANK

Westfield, MA Westfield Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Phillips as Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for Westfield Bank, including employee benefits, compensation, payroll, recruitment, employee relations, compliance, management development, and performance/talent management. 

Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips was First Vice President at Peoples Bank in Holyoke, 

Massachusetts, and Executive Vice President at United Personnel in Springfield, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

A resident of South Hadley, MA, Phillips is an elected member of the School Committee for the South Hadley Public Schools, a position she has held for the past six years. She serves as Co-President of the St. Patrick’s CYO Basketball program, and serves on the Board of Directors of Western Mass CYO Basketball.

According to James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips is a crucial addition to the Bank and Western New England Bancorp. “Christine understands that Human Resources is about proactively serving people, giving them the tools they need to be productive and successful employees as they go about the work of serving our customers. Her demonstrated skill at providing people with the resources they need to be better, more effective employees will help ensure a strong, effective Westfield Bank in the years to come.”

About Westfield Bank
Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two freestanding ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut.

Equity Match Grant Program for Women in Business

Research shows that an overwhelming majority of the more than 60,000 Connecticut businesses that secured federal loans for COVID-19 relief were male or white-owned: 78 percent were male-owned; 84 percent were white-owned; seven percent were Asian-owned; six percent were Hispanic-owned; and three percent were Black-owned. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, the Women’s Business Development Council, and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today announced a new COVID-19 relief program designed to provide much-needed cash grants to women entrepreneurs disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

The Equity Match Grant Program, which will be administered by the Women’s Business Development Council through its Opportunity Fund, will aid entrepreneurs in accessing the capital needed to establish banking relationships, improve credit, and overcome challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Together, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, raised $525,000 in funds. The State will match the funds up to $500,000, bringing the total amount of funds available in the Equity Match Grant Program to more than $1 million. 

Funds from the Equity Match Grant Program can be used to purchase critical business assets such as the personal protective equipment needed to comply with reopening guidelines, or to pivot to an online business model which will help the company increase revenue and improve its cash flow. 

Grants between $2,500 and $10,00 may be given for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business. Applicants are required to provide a 25% match.  

To qualify to apply for an Equity Match Grant businesses should: 

  • Be a woman-owned business; 
  • Have prior participation in WBDC programs or services; 
  • Be in business with a record of sales for a minimum of one year;  
  • Be registered in Connecticut and in good standing with the state; 
  • Utilize an online or automated financial system; 
  • Have an established business-banking relationship. 

Apply for the Equity Match Grant Program here

To learn more about the Equity Match Grant Program and receive updated funder information, contact microgrants@ctwbdc.org

If you have any questions or would like to reach out, don’t hesitate to email Bobby.Gibson@cga.ct.gov or call my office at (860) 240-0472. To stay up to date on everything I’m doing at the Capitol, please visit my web page and like my official Facebook page.

Capital Workforce Partners Awarded $10 million grant to support Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CT-WHISP).

An award of $10 million was granted to Capital Workforce Partners, on behalf of the Connecticut Workforce Development Council, from the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, H-1B One Workforce Grant Program to support the Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CT-WHISP).

The CT Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership will support the development and expansion of a talent pipeline of Connecticut workers in two industry sectors, including the tapping of new talent for information technology (IT) and retooling the advanced manufacturing workforce. Please find attached a summary of the project. Anticipated Outcomes: A total of 2,086 participants will be served with 499 un/under-employed individuals receiving credential-based IT training, 1,397 incumbent IT and Adv. Mfg. workers placed in upskilling
opportunities, and 190 individuals receiving On-the-Job Training supports. CT-WHISP leverages over $8.7 million (with more than $4 million in leveraged resources from business partners), and further aligns tomajor technology-based initiatives such as the Digital Talent Ecosystem Initiative. More information will be shared in the coming days.  

Mayors United Food Distribution

Every Friday, beginning October 9th through October 30th,  the Towns of Bloomfield, West Hartford and Windsor, will host a food distribution program for its residents.  Each family may receive 1 box of food. 

Distribution will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm at the Rehobeth Church of God, 1170 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield. Face masks are required. 

Hosted by the Mayors of Bloomfield, West Hartford and Windsor. For more details, visit the Town of Bloomfield website (www.bloomfieldct.gov)

CT Tax Free Week 2020

Support local businesses during CT Tax Free Week, Aug. 16-Aug. 22! The event applies to items normally sold for less than $100, specifically clothing and footwear. Here is a complete list of exempt and nonexempt items.

Take advantage of savings on:
athletic socks, baseball caps, belts/suspenders/buckles, blouses. gloves, golf/polo shirts, diapers, hats/caps, jeans, rain jackets, rented uniforms, shirts, swim suits, work clothes, and much more.

Auerfarm Hosts its Annual Blueberry Jam 

Join Auerfarm on July 25th from 5:00-7:30 for its annual Blueberry Jam! The RePublic will be providing dinner and dessert. Listen to the Carroll Sisters perform as you eat your dinner. The cost per person is $40/adult and $10/child and we have availability for 80 people to dine here while socially distancing in our natural 2 acre amphitheater. You also have the choice of purchasing a “to-go” meal. If you purchase a “to-go” meal, you can log onto our Facebook page to listen to the Carroll Sisters also.

The menu for the Blueberry Jam on July 25th is as follows:
1st course: Watermelon and feta salad
2nd course: Choice of Chorizo or Salmon burger
3rd course: Blueberry crumble
Sides: French fries, street corn
Children’s menu is mac n cheese with the normal sides.
Each course comes with a choice of local beer or cider.

To reserve a seat or for any questions, please email Mark at mdibella@auerfarm.org.

Bloomfield Chamber Offers Dale Carnegie Training

Topic: Leadership Considerations to Maximize Peak Employee Performance During the Reopen Virtual Training Session
  • Understand what leadership considerations need to be made to boost employee 
  • productivity when reopening the business
  • Learn how to respond to the emotional requirements of your employees 
  • Develop a people and performance management strategy for the “Post Pandemic New Normal”
  • Fill out a Re-Open checklist which will lead to developing a simple operational Plan

Seats are going quickly. Members and non-members are welcome.  Register here now!

Marketing: Staying Relevant in the time of Crisis

Minding Her Own Business: Celebrating Women of Color in Business and Entrepreneurship
A Virtual Conference

July 10, 2020

Watch the full video again!

 

BCC Small Business Town Hall Meeting

View our virtual Town Meeting.

Visit HERE

Virtual Conversations – Marketing: Staying Relevant in the time of Crisis

View our virtual Town Meeting.

Visit HERE

Services and Resources for Businesses in North-Central CT

“In collaboration with the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Capital Workforce Partner’s Business Services team continues to offer it’s services to the Business communities in our region”.

Visit HERE

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