CRMA Breakfast with the Candidates a big success
Thanks to all our sponsors and attendees
News and notes from the Campaign trail
News and notes from around the state

  • The CRMA Breakfast with the Candidates was big success.
  • Gathering together for the first time in over 2 years, we had a strong showing of retailers and friends of retail to welcome and ask questions of Governor Ned Lamont and his Republican opponent Bob Stefanowski.
  • The candidates shared candid comments with us about range of issues including unemployment taxes, sales tax, economic development, and COVID-19 response.
  • We also earned some good media coverage.
  • You can go here and here to read some of the coverage.


Thanks to all our sponsors and attendees

  • We also send our thanks out to all our sponsors for their generous support of this event.
  • As many of you know, this is important is a fundraiser for CRMA so we appreciate the support of our many sponsors.
  • We also want to extend a special thank you to those folks who could join us in person. We know the challenges of running a retail business today are greater than ever, and leaving the store/office is not easy.
  • So, thank you for attending. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.


News and notes from the campaign trail

  • Shortly after leaving our breakfast, Mr. Stefanowski had to answer some questions that members of the media had about his business dealing in Saudi Aribia. Dan Harr has that story here.
  • The Trumbull Patch has a look at the Democratic Candidate for the 123rd House seat, Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox. You can go here to view that story.
  • The Hartford Courant takes a look at where each candidate stands on health care issues in CT. You can go here to read more.


News and notes from around the state

  • Connecticut is looking to build out it’s electric vehicle infrastructure, with a boost from federal funds.  Hartford Business Journal reports of efforts underway here, with some catching up to do.
  • A new state panel tasked with revitalizing Connecticut’s poor urban centers is recommending $76.5 million in financing for more than two dozen economic development projects in 12 communities. CT Mirror has the details here.
  • Disability Rights Connecticut hosted a non-partisan forum this week, drawing a who’s who of state and federal candidates, to discuss issues of interest to the disability community CT Examiner has the highlights here.
  • Entrepreneurship programs have become mainstream at many college campuses as schools look to attract more students interested in starting their own businesses, and create stronger ties with the business community. Hartford Business Journal explores the trend here.
  • The University of Connecticut is part of a new collaboration which will focus on identifying and assisting startup companies dedicated to combating climate change and fostering sustainability. Fairfield County Business Journal reports on the initiative here.
  • Warehouse operator GXO Logistics – based in  Greenwich – plans to hire about 4,000 employees across the U.S., by the end of the year, as it prepares for a busy holiday season in which it expects a surge in product returns.  CT Post reports on their plans here.