Free Retirement Planning Course Offered In Orange

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Dec 102021

The Orange Chamber of Commerce announced a FREE Retirement Planning Course presented by chamber member Sentinel Asset Management from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange on Tuesday, Dec. 14 or Thursday, Dec. 16.

This adult financial educational course is titled: Retirement 101: The Importance of a Written Retirement Plan.

To learn more visit sentinelassetmanagementllc.com/events or call 1-800-899-4598 to register.


A New Year’s Message From The Orange Chamber

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Jan 032020

Use Your Chamber Membership

Often businesses aren’t sure how to best use their chamber memberships. They understand that chambers are an advocate for business but what do they do? The Orange Chamber is your opportunity center!

Here are some ways that the Chamber is able to help improve and grow your business. Even in the virtual world, people do business with others they know, like, and trust. Networking at the Orange Chamber’s events can help you start to establish important relationships to building business.

Attend the Orange Chamber’s monthly “Morning Jolt” Coffee & Conversation gathering where business professionals meet other professionals, share information, concerns and promote their business. The activity lasts one hour and is held at Chamber member locations. Attendees give a 30-second commercial highlighting their business and members who host a “Jolt” have the opportunity to highlight their business with a presentation.

To be successful you need to get involved. Being associated with the Chamber is a good thing. Getting involved will help you become more than just a face at a networking function. The Chamber is always looking for volunteers for short-term and long-term projects.

Chambers are always asked for referrals. The Chamber has a fabulous online directory that ensures your name gets in front of people looking for your services. The Chamber website is one of the first places the general public goes to look for local businesses. Orange Chamber members administer their information/listing on the website.

The Orange Chamber is well-regarded. Positive associations with the chamber will lend credibility to your business. A business that joins the chamber cares about the community in which it operates. Sponsoring Chamber events and programs puts your business in front of the people and increases the awareness of what you do.

Most business owners don’t realize that chamber benefits extend to their employees. These benefits can be very valuable in the eyes of your team.

Chambers need content just like your business does. Ask us what our needs are. If you have knowledge that could benefit other business owners, we may just be looking for your expertise. Write an article and send a photo for the Chamber weekly email. We need knowledgeable professionals to speak at events. This is an opportunity to be a resource for others.

People do business with those they know, like, and trust. Asking the chamber how you can be of assistance may open doors to you and expose opportunities that you hadn’t thought of. The Orange Chamber represents and advocates for all businesses in the community but you never know what we need help with. Being at the right place at the right time can be very advantageous. Volunteer and be rewarded!

Orange Chamber Shares 13 New CT Laws That Could Change Your Life

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Sep 272019

Shared from Across Connecticut, CT

Below is a summary of some of the biggest law changes that go into effect Oct. 1.

Smoking Age Raised To 21 – The smoking age will go from 18 to 21 in Connecticut. IT also requires online e-cigarette dealers to obtain a signature from a person who is 21 or older upon delivery. Penalties are also increasing for those who sell to those under 21.

Minimum Wage Increase – The minimum wage will rise from $10.10 to $11 come Oct. 1. It will then increase by $1 every year until it reaches $15 come June 1, 2023. Future increases will be tied to the federal employment cost index.

Gun Laws – Several gun safety and ghost gun laws will go into effect Oct. 1. The law will require safe storage of guns even when they are unloaded and they know that a minor under the age of 18 could gain access without parental permission. Pistols and revolvers will have to be kept in a locked trunk, safe or locked glove box when left unattended in a motor vehicle. Come Oct. 1 people won’t be able to create or transfer what is commonly referred to as a “ghost gun,” which is the process of creating a firearm that doesn’t have a unique serial number. Those who create such guns will be required to get a unique identifier from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.The law also bans the manufacture of firearms made from plastic that aren’t detectable through metal detectors.

Prepared Foods Tax – This one was a rollercoaster the past couple of weeks. In a nutshell, there will be a new one percent tax on top of the regular sales tax for prepared meals from restaurants and supermarkets.The state Department of Revenue Services released a policy statement in early September that included taxes on many common supermarket items like bags of lettuce eight ounces and under, meal replacement bars and a whole assortment of items.

Legislative Republicans decried the law and demanded a special session to correct language. They weren’t in favor of the new one percent tax at any point, but said that Democrats should fix their own mistake. DRS issued a new policy statement that limits the tax at supermarkets. Things like a hot grinder will be taxed, but a bag of lettuce won’t.

Digital Tax- Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax will apply to digital purchases, including subscriptions such as Spotify. Paying Spotify members were notified recently that they will be charged up to 96 cents extra per month depending on their selected plan.

Vehicle Theft Committed By Minors – Minors charged with stealing or misusing a vehicle can participate in a program to address conditions or behavior related to stealing. The charge can be dismissed upon successful use of the program along with complying with certain conditions. The program can’t be used more than once and can’t be used for serious juvenile offenses. The bill was passed in a bipartisan fashion with overwhelming support from legislative Democrats and Republicans.

Upskirting – The law clarifies what counts as “upskiriting” or the act of taking video or photos of someone’s private area by photographing under or around a person’s clothing. A person found “upskirting” can be subject to either a class D or class C felony.

PTSD Workers’ Compensation for Police Officers, Parole Officers and Firefighters – The above mentioned will be eligible to receive certain workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder causes by certain “qualifying events.” The qualifying events include seeing a dead minor’s body, witnessing a death or losing a vital body part through injury. The time period for workers’ compensation is 52 weeks and within four years of the qualifying event.

TRUST Act Updates – The updates to the law prevents law enforcement officers from detaining someone for immigration purposes unless a detainer is accompanied by a signed judicial warrant. It also limits when law enforcement officers can disclose confidential information to a federal immigration authority.

Transgender Panic Defense – The act prohibits people from claiming a transgender panic defense in justification of a crime, such as when someone makes a non forcible, but unwanted romantic or sexual advance or was in a dating relationship.

Transparent Sentencing Data – The new law will require data regarding prosecution and parole decisions to be collected and analyzed. The goal is to bring more transparency to things including parole decisions and criminal sentencings.

Changes In Opioid Laws – The law makes several changes to the opioid prescription process, including requiring practitioners who prescribe more than a 12-week supply to establish a treatment agreement or discuss a care plan with a patient.

Crumbling Foundations – Sellers of residences with crumbling foundations must disclose any information about issues to the potential buyer. The law also added a new supplemental loan program

Check out a full summary of Oct. 1 laws at the Connecticut General Assembly site.

Chamber Hosts Insurance Informational Meeting At Raymour and Flanigan

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Nov 072018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce has another informational meeting planned for Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8 a.m.

This early morning chamber event will take place at Raymour and Flanigan, 538 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Learn What Is New In The Marketplace for 2019. Finding Affordable Health Insurance for the Small Employer and Independent Business Owner.

Learn some strategies for negotiating the insurance maze for both the employer and the employee. It’s time to change our approach to how employers provide benefits and adjust expectations on benefits delivery. In other words – Something’s Gotta Give!

Trish Pearson of Trish Pearson Insurance Services will discuss options for both small group and individual plans on and off the Health Exchange.

To make your reservation: e-mail director@orangectchamber.com.

Orange Chamber Has Many Exciting Events In September

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Aug 282018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce announced the following events planned for the month of September.

Thursday, Sept. 6 — WOW Women in Business Night Out at Consignment Originals, 320 Boston Post Road from 5-8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7 — OEDC Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club. 11 a.m. registration with a Shot Gun Start at noon. Call 203-891-1045 for information.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Morning Jolt! Coffee and Conversation. at Eli’s Restaurant in Orange from 8-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 — WOW Women in Business Lunch at Her Soul, 93 Campbell Avel at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $12 per person.

Thursday, Sept. 27, Chamber Night at the Farmer’s Market, Orange Fairgrounds Pavilion from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Wine and cheese, discounts from some of the vendors and raffle prizes.

For information and reservations, e-mail director@orangectchamber.com. 

Oxen in Orange – Stampede 2019

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Aug 142018

An example of a painted Ox Figure (from the internet)

The Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Economic Development Corporation are partnering to transform the Town of Orange into a destination for tourists, shoppers, and the general public during the summer of 2019. We are asking you to join us and other town businesses to help lead the charge.

Life-size painted acrylic Oxen will be placed along the Boston Post Road and select major streets in Orange. We are now in the planning stage, identifying businesses who want to purchase and place a painted Ox in front of their company.

The cost of the Ox is $2,000. The order will be placed November 1, 2018, for delivery by April 15, 2019. The Oxen will be primed and ready for businesses to design and paint using local artists or company personnel. Stampede 2019 begins the end of June and runs through September.

Sign up for this public art display today, bring visitors to our community, create a climate for growth, and have a lasting economic impact! Lead The Stampede in 2019!

For information call Carol Smullen, Orange Chamber of Commerce, 203-795-3328 or Annemarie Sliby, Orange Economic Development, 203-891-1045.


Don’t Forget, The Orange Business and Community Expo Is On Wednesday, June 6

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Jun 062018

The 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration in advance is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.  Each attendee will receive a visitor’s badge, welcome bag, and event program. 

To register, call 203-891-1045 or register online at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to networking, product demonstrations, activities, raffles, and food trucks.  Check our website for more information and our full vendor list at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

As a separate event in addition to the Expo, a One-on-One Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to Expo opening.  This will be a fun and effective way to make connections.  Rob Thomas (ROBTHOMASCT), professional networking coach, will be the moderator.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Cost is $15 per person and includes goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Following the Expo, the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s Restaurant will host a Business After Hours event under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center. See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze: Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, ShopRite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. Event Bags: Colonial Properties.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at 203-891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

Spring Back to Health and Networking Event  

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Mar 302015

fitness-centerThe Orange Chamber of Commerce will host a Spring Back to Health and Networking Event at ASD Fitness, Tuesday March 31 from 6-8pm.

Meet with local businesses for everything you need to get you and your family health/wellness information.

$15 for non members.

For more info: orangectchamber.com or call Anna at 203.795.3328

Spring Back To Health Crawl Features 8 Local Businesses

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Feb 202014

orange chamberThe Orange Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Spring Back to Health Crawl” on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The public is invited to take part in this free event, which features 8 local businesses showcasing different health/wellness demonstrations.

Participants can stop at each business and get their “passport” stamped.  Anyone who goes to all 8 locations will be entered to win one of 8 prizes donated by each business.

“The Chamber is very excited about this event,” said Dr. David Durso, Co-Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee. “It’s a chance to get the public involved and for businesses to spread awareness about health and wellness.”

The participating businesses are: Advanced Spine and Sport, Aleez Salon and Spa, Anytime Fitness, Chefs Equipment Emporium, Hawley Lane Shoes, Orange Music School, and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center and Raymour & Flanigan Furniture.  Passports may be picked up the day of event at any of the participating businesses.

Take advantage of the following free services the day of event. Free Posture Screenings, Skin/Hair Analysis, Hydromassage, Farm to Table and Juicing Demos, Foot Scan Analysis, Kids Instrument Demos, Balance Screen/ Fall Risk Analysis, and 15% off  all mattresses.

Dr. Katz Will Be Featured Speaker At Spring Breakfast

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Apr 032013

Dr. David Katz

Dr. David Katz

The Orange Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Network welcomes Dr. David Katz, MPH, FACPM, FACP, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center as the featured speaker at its Spring Breakfast at the Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue, on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 a.m.

“Good Health is Good Business” is the focus of this event for area business women. Jocelyn Maminta, Emmy Award-nominated medical reporter for WTNH News 8 will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Kelly Connors, MPH of KC Healthcare Communications also will speak on healthcare and wellness.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and the program.

Please sign up in advance by calling the Chamber at 203-795-3328, or email: carol@orangectchamber.com. The fee is $25.00 per person