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MILFORD ARTS COUNCIL 40 RAILROAD AVENUE SOUTH, MILFORD, CT 06460

Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, announces auditions for the second show of its 28th season, the witty farce, One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black, directed by Kevin Pelkey.
Performances will be February 4th through February 20th, 2022
Everyone over the age of 12 will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (2 weeks out from a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna shots, or 2 weeks out from the required dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot) or have a negative Covid test within 72 hours of entry to attend this event. Those 11 and under will need a negative covid test within 72 hours of entry to attend this event. Patrons will also be expected to be fully masked at all times while inside the MAC unless actively eating or drinking. [ more ]


Finding Employees: Connecticut Workforce Programs

Workforce dynamics in Connecticut have changed for good. That was the main takeaway Kelli-Marie Vallieres, executive director of the state's new Office of Workforce Strategy, took from the pandemic. 

“The social fabric of our lives and our communities have changed since the pandemic,” Vallieres explained.

“What do we need to do to help people overcome some of those barriers of getting back into employment?”

Vallieres spoke at an Oct. 6 webinar hosted by CBIA’s Ashley Zane and was joined by OWS chief of staff Niall Dammando and workforce development specialist Laura Baker. [ more ]


State's GDP Grows 5.9% in Second Quarter

Connecticut's economy grew 5.9% in the second quarter of 2021, led by strong gains in the accommodation and food services, information, and professional, scientific, and technical services sectors.
The state ranked 29th in the nation, with quarterly growth largely in line with the first three months of the year when the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6%. [ more ]


5 Ways Your Retail Business Is Losing Out on Sales

Do you love small towns with gorgeous Main Streets that are fun weekend adventures in dining and shopping? You know the places with one unique business after another with friendly employees who show you their amazing wares and make you feel welcome.

But...

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Creating Workplace Marijuana Policies

There are new waters to navigate in the state of Connecticut—legalized recreational use of marijuana and the workplace.
While the employment-related provisions of the state's newly adopted marijuana legalization law do not take effect until July 1, 2022, employers should understand the impact on their workplaces.
Employer protection language in the law, commonly known as RERACA (Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis Act), comes from other state's experiences, specifically neighboring Massachusetts and New York. [ more ]


Charitable Giving Offers Expanded Tax Benefits

Businesses and individuals that make charitable contributions by the end of the year are eligible for expanded federal tax benefits.
The Internal Revenue Services notes that the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 extends some changes enacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act through the end of 2021.
Under the law, C Corporations can apply an increased corporate limit of 25% of taxable income for all charitable cash contributions.
That applies to any eligible charity during the 2021 calendar year and is 15% more than the maximum allowed deduction in previous years, according to the IRS. [ more ]


How to Revive Connections with Former Customers

It happens. People buy from you and they love you. Then life gets in the way, and they don't return. Sometimes it's because they no longer have use for your products or services like when you sell gourmet dog biscuits, and they no longer have a pet. Sometimes they moved out of your area, and you don't offer e-commerce options. Most often though, your business has simply slipped their minds. It's no longer on their radar or part of their buying habit. It wasn't something you did. They just have other things going on.

In these cases, you need to reengage them and bring yourself back to top of mind. Here are a few ideas on how you can do that. [ more ]


MILFORD ARTS COUNCIL’s Eastbound Theatre Presents Our Town

September 17, 2021 (Connecticut) – The Milford Arts Council’s (The MAC) Eastbound Theatre is proud to announce the kickoff of their 2021-2022 season! The first show of the season, Our Town, will be held at Eisenhower Park, home to the MAC’s MAC in the Park series. Our Town is a play (within a play) written by Thornton Wilder in 1938. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. [ more ]


Navigating Exemption Requests from Mandatory Workplace Vaccination Policies

While employers in healthcare and education have mandated, or considered mandating, vaccination of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recently employers in many other industries are considering doing so.

Employers are now grappling with how best to evaluate the risks associated with such policies, implementation and administration of a mandatory vaccination policy, and the handling of requests for exemption, which may follow. [ more ]


What Am I Doing Here? Map Out an Effective Networking Plan

If you joined the chamber to meet new people, grow your network, and get more customers, you're on the right track. But do you have a plan to make the most of your time investment? If not, you need one. [ more ]


4 Things Your Business Should Continue Post-COVID

4 Things Your Business Should Continue Post-COVID

At some point COVID will be relegated to the same level of concern the flu gets every year. It won’t shutter businesses, alter family celebrations, and be the fuel behind contentious court cases. Someday. Let’s pretend we’re there now. There are certain conveniences (and necessities) that businesses adapted during COVID that customers have become accustomed to. So, if you’re making plans for a “return to normal” you may just want to reevaluate what that looks like based on your customers’ newly developed expectations. [ more ]


Biden Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines for Private Sector Workers


The White House announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine measures Sept. 9, including a requirement that private sector firms with 100 or more employees mandate vaccinations for workers. [ more ]


15 Ways to increase revenue, right now!

15 Ideas for Increasing Your Revenue Quickly

The past eighteen months have certainly not been something they taught us in business school. It started with a global pandemic and mandatory lockdowns of non-essential businesses, then erupted in costs of goods and services skyrocketing, only to complete this craziness with an employee shortage, and rent and real estate costs going through the roof for most areas of the country. Whew! If you’re like most businesses, you’re probably looking for ways to increase your revenue. Here are some things you can do right now as well as a few other ideas you can start implementing for long-term increases. [ more ]


STATE AWARDED $2M ADVANCED MANUFACTURING GRANT

STATE AWARDED $2M ADVANCED MANUFACTURING GRANT

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency has awarded Connecticut a five-year, $2 million grant to operate a national advanced manufacturing center. [ more ]


5 Fun Fall Themes for Your Business

Fall is a favorite among many people. The temps are enjoyable, weather is crisp and clear, and
the smell of leaves can be intoxicating. That's what makes this season such a hit with
marketers. Here are a few fall themes you can incorporate into your business for more
engagement with your target audience. [ more ]


HR Hotline: Must We Accept an Employee's 'Mask Exemption' Card?

Q: One of my employees recently submitted a "Medical Mask Exemption" card, in support of her assertion that she is exempt from any mask requirement.

The card is about the size of a driver's license, and it states that the cardholder does not have to disclose his or her condition, but that wearing a mask poses a risk to them under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also lists the contact information for reporting ADA violations to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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State Launches CampusCT To retain gradutes Program to Retain Graduates

State Launches CampusCT To retain gradutes Program to Retain Graduatesmore ]


13 Important Things You Need to hear as a business Owner
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Floyd J. Dugas Named 2022 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in the New Haven Area

By: Colleen Lafrancois
August 19, 2021

Berchem Moses PC attorney Floyd J. Dugas was recently recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law-Management. [ more ]


8 Berchem Moses PC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

By: Colleen Lafrancois

August 19, 2021

Berchem Moses PC is pleased to announce that 8 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. [ more ]


Golf Classic at Great River Golf Club!

Monday, July 19, 2021 - Colonial Toyota presents the 2021 Milford Regional Trust Golf Classic at Great River Golf Club! Proceeds provide funding for the Milford Chamber Trust scholarships and educational opportunities.

Golf foursomes and single players are welcome! Cost: $225 per golfer. Registration: 8 am. Shotgun start: 10 am. Breakfast, snacks, happy hour and BBQ included.

Space is limited. Follow this link for registration, sponsorship and silent auction information ...more ]


Christine Matthews Paine named as new MRCC President

June 1, 2021 - The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Christine Matthews Paine as its new president, succeeding Pam Staneski, who announced her departure in February. Paine will officially begin on June 1. [ more ]


SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

April 19, 2021 - "We are starting the process to help restaurants and bars across the country devastated by the pandemic, and this is our message: Help is here. With the launch of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, we're prioritizing funding to the hardest-hit small businesses – irreplaceable gathering places in our neighborhoods and communities that need a lifeline now to get back on their feet," said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. [ more ]


Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

April 8, 2021 - Answers to the questions you may still have about the Paycheck Protection Program. [ more ]


MRCC Ribbon Cutting

March 24, 2021 - Thank you to everyone who came to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony including both our attendees and vendors. We had a fantastic time celebrating our new space. [ more ]


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