CRN Golf Outing is the next Place To Be
Registration and donations are available today
News and notes from the State Capitol
Retailer of the Year nominations remain open
News and notes from around the state

  • Plans for our annual Golf Outing – a very important fundraiser for CRN – are off and running and it is the next big event on the CRN calendar of events.
  • It’s going to be the Place To Be for all retailers and friends of retailers to attend. 
  • This year we are teaming up with First Tee to help raise funds for that organization’s worthy cause. 
  • The Golf Outing will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT.   We hope we will see you there. 


Registration and donations available today

  • It’s easy to register for the Golf Outing. You just need to go to our website, and following the prompt to register your golfers for this great event. Details here.  
  • Included at the Golf Outing is our post-golf raffle. If you can’t join us for golf, please consider donating at raffle prize. It is a great way to help out the event and to raise the profile of your company. 
  • If you are interested in donating a prize, please feel free to reach out to CRN President Tim Phelan via email at
  • Thank you for considering helping us out for this very important fundraiser. 


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • With the Legislature now out of session, all eyes turn to local nominating conventions where members of the General Assembly who choose to run again have to gain their party’s nomination to be on the ballot. 
  • If members do want to run again, the vast majority of them go unchallenged by their local town committees and gain access to the ballot. 
  • But, if members decided to retire, as in the case of Bridgeport State Senator Marilyn Moore, the open seat could become a contest among multiple people seeking the seat. 
  • And nobody does open legislative seats quite like Bridgeport. 
  • Our friends at Only in Bridgeport take a look at what took place at the recent convention where nobody gained enough votes to get the nomination, as well as former State Senator Ernie Newton’s attempt to oust incumbent Senator Herron Gaston.  
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  • Meanwhile in New Haven, incumbent State Rep. Robyn Porter, simply did not show up for her nomination convention despite calls from the Speaker and the House Majority Leader. 
  • The CT Mirror has that story here.   
  • In Greenwich, Rep. Steve Meskers is not sure just yet if he wants to run for a third term. The Greenwich Time looks at why Meskers is unsure. That story, here.  
  • Connecticut Republicans are facing a possible August primary to determine who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in November.  The Associated Press reports that news here.  


CRN Retailer of the Year nominations open

  • Nominations are now open for Connecticut Retail Network’s Retailer of the Year!
  • Nominate a stand-out Connecticut retailer to be recognized by CRN this year.  
  • Nominate a retailer that you’re a fan of – a retailer that we can shine an industry spotlight on… for superior achievement in sales and marketing, personnel training, community involvement, in-store experience, personalized service, or successful rebound from the challenges of the pandemic. 
  • Nominate a relatively new CT retailer – or a retail business that has been in CT for many years… or both!  Please include the name of the business, and why they’re a stand-out in our industry. (Self-nominations accepted, too!)
  • Multiple nominees are accepted.   Send the name of the business you’re nominating, and your comments about your nominee, to Tim Phelan at


News and notes from around the state 

  • Former legislator and deputy budget director Konstantinos Diamantis, who emerged at the center of a sweeping statewide investigation two years ago of school construction practices, has been charged in a federal indictment.  Details reported here by The Hartford Courant.  
  • Employers in Connecticut added 1,100 jobs in April, continuing a trend of four consecutive months of job growth, according to new data released by the state Department of Labor (DOL).  Hartford Business Journal has the numbers here
  • The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce has named a new interim executive director.  Gladys Ortiz has taken on the role, as Hartford Business Journal reports here.
  • Elicia Pegues Spearman, an attorney and longtime human resources executive who has shattered glass ceilings as a leader at some of the state’s top corporations, has become the new CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT).  That story from the Fairfield County Business Journal here.  
  • A multimillion dollar project to revamp the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center aims to turn it into a regional destination, drawing in star artists and livening the heart of downtown.  CT Post reports on the plans here.  
  • USA Gymnastics could draw thousands to Hartford this weekend as the country’s top athletes visit for a national competition, and stakeholders expect the event to generate almost $2 million in revenue.  Hartford Business Journal previews the event here.