Business Owners Workshop Series

The Chamber is hosting a “What Keeps You Up At Night” Business Owner Workshop Series that will help you deal with the issues causing your insomnia!  These are topics you have said are issues you face regularly as business owners.  All events can be registered for on our website, or by emailing  

#1  Business Plans to Obtain Funding/Grants

The Chamber is hosting a Federal Agency Funding Forum in August.  There are plenty of opportunities for small businesses in our region to apply for and receive grants to build structures, buy equipment, etc.  But it is necessary that you have a business plan.  Bring your ideas to this workshop and be prepared to work.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Questers’ Way in the East Brook Mall – 95 Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center

Register For Business Plans To Obtain Funding/Grants  

Greg Lewis from the Small Business Development Center will be working with you to write your business plan so you can secure funding/grants for your business.

Gregory Lewis is a Detroit native and graduate of Harvard University who, immediately upon graduation, journeyed across America. Since then he’s traveled and lived in many states, while accumulating extensive experience in sales, commercial real estate, operating his own computer-related companies, and owning and managing university and non-profit training programs in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas and Connecticut.  Through the years Gregory has come to believe that turning to a trusted advisor—and discovering the right information—puts people in a position to be sustainable and successful. Entrepreneurs, he would explain, are inherently dreamers.  He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology and Social Relations, at Harvard University.  Greg finds it rewarding to partner with such visionaries and provide the guidance, resources, and checks and balances they need to transform their ideas into financially secure reality.


#2  CHRO: Discrimination complaints

Many employers feel the Commission on Human Rights and complaints made to it are unfair and unjust.  They create a great deal of stress to small business owners and cost to their business.  Many don’t know how to handle the process.  In the second of our series of workshops and presentations we have asked CHRO to come and talk with us about what seems to be a trend in the workforce.

 Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
9:00am-10:30 am
Location: Questers’ Way in the East Brook Mall- 95 Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center

Free and open to the public

Register For CHRO Discrimination Complaints 

“CHRO Is Good for Business”

Presented by Michelle  and Lynda Rizzo-Stowe

They will present an overview of the complaint process, explain what laws cover and some best practices to avoid a CHRO complaint.  This is also a great opportunity to speak up about your concerns and the process. 

Michelle Dumas Keuler is a Human Rights Attorney with the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”).  Founded in 1943, the CHRO is the nation’s oldest state based civil rights organization.  The Commission is charged with investigating and prosecuting cases of employment, housing, public accommodation and credit discrimination.  As a Human Rights Attorney, Ms. Dumas Keuler represents the agency in its prosecution of employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination cases before agency Human Rights Referees and in state court.  Ms. Dumas Keuler has extensive experience training in the areas of housing and employment discrimination, employer best practices and sexual harassment discrimination.  She has trained countless landlords, tenants, housing authorities, state and municipal employees and employers regarding discrimination statues and their enforcement by the CHRO.  She also implemented and supervised a Fair Housing Testing program at the CHRO funded by HUD.  She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and Western New England University School of Law.

Lynda Rizzo-Stowe is Regional Manager of the Eastern Region Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).  Founded in 1943, the CHRO is the nation’s oldest state based civil rights organization. The mission of the CHRO is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.  Ms. Rizzo-Stowe is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and University of Connecticut School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Socrates H. Mihalakos of the Connecticut Appellate Court before entering into private practice with an elite boutique law firm where her practice specialized in representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination matters. Ms. Rizzo-Stowe joined the Commission in 2007 and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2016. In addition to managing a full staff of investigators and administrative professionals at the Commission’s Norwich office, she is also heavily involved with the CHRO’s outreach and education efforts.

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