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State Offers Aid to Companies for Employment


WETHERSFIELD – Southwest Connecticut employers are invited to learn more about the Subsidized Training and Employment and Training Program (Step Up) as well as a variety of other hiring and tax incentives designed to benefit their businesses by attending a May 29 conference being held in the Westport Inn Ballroom.

Officials said that the conference aims to target companies of any size that can learn about the opportunities and benefits available to their business, including the wage reimbursement program through Step Up, low interest financing under the Small Business Express Program, assistance on recruitment and business plan development, and tax incentives for equipment upgrades and job creation initiatives.”

Taking place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the event, begins with networking and light refreshments at 7 a.m. Employers can pre-register online for the conference by visitingwww.StepCT.com or more information can be obtained from Dolores Ryan, BridgeportAmerican Job Center by contacting her at dolores.ryan@ct.gov or (203) 455-2602.

Additional conferences, also to be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., will be offered on the following dates:

  • June 3, Progress Square Industrial Park, 32 Valley Street, Bristol
  • June 5, Western Connecticut State University, Westside Ballroom, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury
  • June 11, Goodwin College, Main Campus – Auditorium, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford
  • June 12, University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus, 855 University Drive, Torrington
  • June 19, Simsbury High School Auditorium, 34 Farms Village Road, Simsbury
  • June 24, Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich
  • A future conference is also being planned for the town of Meriden.

 

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Cumberland Farms Kicks Off Fundraiser for Naubuc Elementary


GLASTONBURY — Last week, Cumberland Farms on Main Street kicked off its  four week fundraiser for the Naubuc Elementary School,where ten cents from every hot coffee purchased from the newly renovated location will go directly to the school.

There was also a grand opening event to celebrate Cumberland Farms’ remodeled concept store. The ribbon-cutting event featured the cheerleading squad from Naubuc Elementary.

Photo: Courtesy of Cumberland Farms

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Local Artist to Demonstrate Oil Painting Portrait Skill


GLASTONBURY —  Dianne Panarelli Miller, an artist renowned for her award-winning paintings in oil, will demonstrate on May 8 how to paint a portrait in oil.

Miller, who brings people and pets to life in her portraits all in one sitting, will select one lucky participant as the evening’s model. The program will be presented from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Kol Haverim Social Room on 1079 Hebron Ave. in Glastonbury.

As a teacher of art as well, Miller is experienced in making the often personal and mysterious process of designing and creating a work of art come to life for others. She has been called “without question the hardest working and most effective teaching artist I have ever encountered.”

She formally learned the “Boston Tradition” of painting and explored the galleries along Newbury Street.Well represented in galleries and private collections. And she is a recipient of multiple local and national awards.

 

 

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Should Seek Answers from DECD, Others


U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ meeting today with elected officials, political candidates, community activists and residents in the Greater Hartford region should tackle this burning question: Why is there $12 million for minority businesses sitting at the Department of Economic and Community Development in a time when these businesses are bruising from a deep economic recession and a long recovery?

In a region where Latino and black jobless rates dwarf the state’s recently reported jobless rate of 9 percent, DECD has yet to distribute the allocated money to small and minority business owners, who are likely job creators for many Hartford residents.  We hope that besides her roundtable discussion, press conference and other meetings around the state today, she makes a beeline to DECD.

Hartford has the highest jobless rate in the state. The overall unemployment rate for the city is reportedly 17 percent. The Latino jobless rate is 25 percent. The black jobless rate is 27 percent. These figures do not factor in the number of people who have stopped looking for work after one or two years of unemployment or underemployment.

Moreover, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra added 14 people to the unemployment line this week, in an effort to balance the city budget.

Besides pontification from pundits and politicians, we need to see leaders taking actions to create conditions that promote economic growth, so that businesses can hire more city residents. Distributing the money to Hartford’s small businesses would allow at least two hires by each company and at the same time help build capacity to provide better services to city residents. It all seems elementary. Yet there is so much malaise in all sections of the city. And the biggest obstacle seems to be the very people who are purportedly community leaders.

Solis must question these community leaders and local officials about their seemingly inability to coordinate efforts to create conditions that help businesses grow so that they can provide jobs.

The $12 million can provide many jobs. News that that much money allocated specifically for minority businesses was just sitting at DECD met puzzled participants at a small business summit for urban business sponsored by the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other entities. The irony was that the summit provided possible answers to this predicament. It was clear that summit organizers failed to inform local business owners of the summit within a one-mile radius of the Artist Collective on Albany Avenue, where the event was held. The  auditorium was packed with mostly business owners, who traveled from New Haven and Bridgeport. And the few Hartford business owners present heard the news from friends in other parts of the state—not in Hartford.

The one-day summit had so many key people present to help these businesses. It was also unbelievable that more effort was clearly not made to inform business owners about this economic-boosting opportunity right in thier backyard.

How unfortunate.

 

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Scott Brown To Stump For Tom Foley


GLASTONBURY — Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican who snatched former Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat from the Democrats, is coming to Connecticut to stump for gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

Foley’s campaign announced today that Brown will visit the Riverfront Community Center on Welles Street in Glastonbury tomorrow at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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