Two new businesses coming to Middletown

MIDDLETOWN — We have reached the first full week of March in Middlesex County, and the chamber team is on the move.

The chamber calendar is poised for another big week from start to finish.

Upcoming events

Our Executive Committee will meet Monday morning at the chamber office as well as virtually. This committee features a variety of business and community leaders from a number of industry sectors. Led by Chairwoman Maureen Westbrook, the event will feature important updates on chamber activities.

Wednesday morning will feature meetings of our Durham and Middlefield Division at Victory Church in Middlefield at 8 a.m., as well as a meeting of the chamber’s Nominating Committee.

Our Cromwell Division will meet Thursday at Springhill Suites at 8 a.m.

I look forward to a virtual meeting Tuesday morning with the leaders of the Metro Chambers of Commerce in our state who collectively represent thousands of Connecticut businesses.

I will be attending meetings of the Connecticut Valley Hospital Advisory Council and Workforce Alliance Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee Friday. This important effort, led by Workforce Alliance Chairwoman Robin Golden and President Bill Villano, brings together a variety of stakeholders from a 30-town service area.

I look forward to working with all of them as we continue our efforts to strengthen what is an inclusive, resilient and vibrant state of Connecticut.

Cyber laws workshop

The latest installment of our KeyBank Workshop Series, “New and Updated CT Cyber Laws: Including a Reward for Being Proactive,” will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday through virtual means. With the rise in ransomware attacks and data breaches, Connecticut has taken action with updated and new cyber laws.

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the expanded definition of “personal information” requiring special protection by all organizations, how to take advantage of a new law that rewards businesses that have a written cybersecurity program and proactive steps to renewing insurance.

Industry-leading cybersecurity and privacy law experts Chris Wisneski and Sherwin Yoder will arm participants with practical measures to minimize cyber risks, and show how to take advantage of this new incentive. For information, please visit

New businesses

On the business development front, I look forward to two exciting grand openings this week in Middletown.

I will be joining Mayor Ben Florsheim and other community leaders Tuesday afternoon for the grand opening celebration of Middletown Market on Main Street. The store offers fresh meat, fish, produce and Asian food downtown. I would like to wish Sheryl Deloso and her entire team success on Main Street.

I will be attending the grand opening celebration of Flash Car Wash on Washington Street Thursday afternoon. The business offers a wide variety of services, as well as flash passes, detailing and free vacuums. I also would like wish Dan Ward and the entire team at Flash Car Wash a successful future.

Attending grand opening celebrations are one of the most rewarding aspects of this job, and I look forward to celebrating these terrific local business people.

Looking ahead to next week, the chamber has three exciting events on tap.

Geno Auriemma to guest

Our annual member breakfast meeting featuring UConn Head Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma will take place March 14 at the Sheraton Harford South in Rocky Hill. This is a sold-out event. It is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Coach Auriemma will talk about his terrific team and their season as they look forward to the Women’s NCAA tournament. I want to thank Geno for speaking to our members and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for sponsoring. Go Huskies!

‘Dangers of Fentanyl’

Our Recovery Employment Program and the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council will be holding a very important workshop March 15 on “The Dangers of Fentanyl.”

Fentanyl continues to be one of the greatest threats facing our nation. Attendees will hear from our distinguished panel of guests as they provide a deep dive into the deadly impacts of the drug. They will include Dr. Jonathan Craig Allen of Rushford, the Rev. Robyn Anderson of the Ministerial Health Fellowship, Daniel Bryant from the Community Health Center and Ana Gopoian and Christine Gagnon of TriCircle.

Registration is required.

Legislative leadership event

Our Legislative Leadership Series will continue March 18, when we host House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell. At this special meeting, Rep. Candelora will visit with chamber members to discuss the 2022 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

The chamber’s Board of Directors and Legislative Committee will have the opportunity to ask questions about the session, and discuss some important issues on our 2022 public policy agenda.

In addition to this session, we look forward to welcoming Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff March 29 also at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Have a great week!

Larry McHugh is president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown.

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