2021 CRMA Golf Outing in the books
Next up: Retailer of the Year.
News and notes from around the state
Happy 4th of July

  • On behalf of the CRMA Golf Committee, we want to extend our sincere thanks to all those brave souls who took to the golf course on a very hot day Tuesday to participate in our 21st annual CRMA Golf Outing.
  • This year’s event was a big success! In addition to our participants, we also want to thank our generous sponsors for their support of CRMA. The CRMA Golf Outing is a lot of fun, but it is also an important fundraiser for us. The funds we raise going right to our bottom line, to keep CRMA the strong advocate for Retailers throughout Connecticut.
  • Plans are underway for next year’s event, so if you could not join us this year, please keep an eye out for next year’s date. We hope you can join us.


Next up: 2021 CRMA Retailer of the Year

  • With the golf outing now behind us, we will begin to turn our attention to our biggest event of the year, the selection of the CRMA Retailer of the Year.
  • The Retailer of the Year is the highest honor that CRMA can bestow on any retailer in Connecticut. We officially honor our retailer during our annual Awards Luncheon, which will be held – IN PERSON – on Oct. 13 at the Bushnell Theater’s Autorino Great Hall.
  • Beginning NOW, we will be accepting nominations from you for Retailer of the Year. Please feel free to nominate your store or nominate any retailer in Connecticut that you believe excels in all that it takes to be a successful retailer.
  • Our committee will be begin filling in the details of this year’s event and is excited that we will all be able to gather together in person – to celebrate the retail industry and honor some of the best retailers in the state.
  • Please save date and plan on joining us this year on October 13.


News and notes from around the state

  • Connecticut has begun to see increased spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, though experts say the state’s high rate of vaccination could mitigate the risk it poses. Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • The General Assembly intends to meet the week of July 12 to consider a narrow extension of the governor’s emergency powers to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time in more than a year, the State Capitol will be open to the public. New Haven BIZ has the latest here.
  • Nearly 100 new laws took effect on July 1 in Connecticut – from marijuana legalization to improved ice cream truck safety to a statewide ban on single use plastic bags. Connecticut Post has the highlights here.
  • Connecticut is paying down some pension debt again this year. Fairfield County Business Journal has the numbers here.
  • Compensation for college athletes is now permitted in Connecticut. Hartford Business Journal reports on the new state law here.
  • Connecticut’s Attorney General is among the public officials critical of Optimum cable’s decision to reduce internet speeds. The company provides services in Southwestern Connecticut.  Fairfield County Business Journal has the details here.
  • Lamont is not yet ready to lift the state’s mandate requiring face masks in schools for the upcoming school year. Associated Press has the latest here.


Happy 4th of July!

  • Roads, beaches and parks are expecting crowds this July 4 weekend in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant has a preview of the weekend, here. Travel safely!