In the news: the North West Chamber sponsors the 4th commercial showcase

TORRINGTON — The Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the fourth annual “Great Giveaway Business Showcase” Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center at the Warner Theater, 82 Main St.

The free event will include free food and a cash bar. It will feature over 30 vendors, each with a door prize for attendees to enter to win. Some of the door prizes include $300 gas and car washes, camping gear, gift certificates and gift baskets. No purchase is necessary to win. The first 100 participants will also receive a free gift.

For more information, call 860-482-6586 or visit

Business networking event hosted by the Waterbury Chamber

The Waterbury Regional Chamber invites chamber members and potential new members to its upcoming Out for Business networking event, taking place July 20 at Develomark in Plantsville.

The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., gives attendees the opportunity to mingle, network, and enjoy Café Bravado food and drink at the historic Clark Brothers factory located in the Plantsville section of Plainville. . Participants will also have the chance to win door prizes. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to sit down with Develomark’s digital marketing experts for a free five-minute website audit to get an on-the-spot overview of the website’s design, content and functionality. of your company.

Out for Business is sponsored by event host Develomark, a full-service design, research and advertising agency that was founded in 2017. Over the past five years, the company has grown from a one-on-one operation to a team that includes expert graphic designers, content writers, account managers, and search engine optimization specialists.

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The cost for members is $25. Prospective members are invited to visit an Out for Business as a guest of the chamber.

To register for the event, call 203-757-0701 or visit and click on the “Events & Sponsors” tab.

Ion Financial acquires BCI Financial later this year, without layoffs

Ion Financial, MHC, based in Naugatuck, parent company of Ion Bank, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with BCI Financial, an independent financial company based in Cheshire and specialized in car loans, to acquire the assets of BCI Financial later. This year.

BCI will continue to operate from its Cheshire site under the same name BCI Financial, as a division of Ion Bank. There will be no layoffs as a result of the acquisition.

Ion Bank President and CEO, David Rotatori, said, “This acquisition allows Ion to remain a strong, independent and community-focused bank and expand our business holdings through the auto finance program for which BCI is known.

Timothy Rourke, President and CEO of BCI Financial, added: “We plan to continue unchanged in our operations and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Ion Financial.

The deal, pending regulatory approval, is expected to close later in 2022.

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