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It Was a Busy 2017 in Economic Development in Hamden! 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
It’s time to look back on what we have accomplished over the last year. We often go through the holidays thinking about what we are doing after the New Year’s celebration. So let’s look at what actually happened in 2017 and what is in the pipeline for 2018. The Hamden economy is affected by the state and national economy. Given those influences, we have been fortunate to have not lost any significant amount of businesses or jobs in 2017. I believe that this is based on the diversity of our businesses and our efforts to retain them under our Business Cluster Program. Hamden’s unemployment rate is always roughly a half percent lower than the region as a whole, but workforce development remains the most important issue for employers. The unemployment rate keeps getting lower, creating new challenges in meeting employer’s needs.
It's National Wrire a Business Plan Month 
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Its National Write a Business Plan Month by the SBA. See the link below. Did you know that Hamden has a Business Assistance Center that coaches you on how to write your business plan. Go to http://hamden-ct.com/Content/Buiness_Assistance_Center.asp for more information. https://www.sba.gov/…/pl…/write-your-business-plan-template…
Hamden Economic Development Commission  
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, the Hamden Economic Development Commission will soon begin discussions on a new plan for Economic Development for when the current plan runs out on June 30th, 2018. The current plan can be found on the department’s web page at www.hamden-ct.com. Since 1998, there has continuously been a 2-3 year economic development plan offering incentives for business retention and attraction, while expanding technical assistance programs. The programs and services have assured a strong program for business attraction and business retention. The plan is amended and reapproved at each expiration date by the Economic Development Commission and the Town Legislative Council.

New Business Openings

Strong Kitchen Opens in Heart of Spring Glen 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The Strong Kitchen is a prepared meal delivery service offering convenient, Paleo-friendly, chef-made meals from scratch. Our meals come fresh, portioned for your goals and conveniently packaged. Our menu is centered around whole foods with plenty of protein and vegetables, balanced with the right amount of healthy fats and fibrous carbohydrates for your goals. We offer a variety of healthy and creative meal options each week that fit your lifestyle, your nutrition goals and your taste buds.
IZEEK Opens at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, (Across from the Home Depot 
Friday, February 10, 2017
iZeek is a growing company founded by two technicians whose vision is to achieve fast, easy and affordable repairs for all your electronic needs. iZeek provides on-premises repairs for mobile phones and tablets. We service all Apple and Microsoft devices and programs.
Grand Opening of Lucians Gardenhouse Held December 19th 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lucian’s Florist at Gardenhouse formerly known as Lucian’s Green House and Florist is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19th, members of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Development Director Dale Kroop on hand for the event.

HEDC News

HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.
HAMDEN WELCOMES NEW FAMILY TO ZERO ENERGY HOUSE 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children! A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
BUSINESS INCUBATOR UPDATE 
Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.

Cluster News

Home Based Businesses Get Recognition 
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hamden held its first meeting of over 25 solopreneurs which included a turn out of all different business types such as law, lawn care, financial, college counseling and investment groups. During this meeting, the topics discussed included any other required permits, client advertising, marketing and financing and the valuation of personal property for tax purposes
Location Change: Important Health Care Meeting March 20 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Thursday March 20th from 830 till 10 am at Atria Larson Place, the Town of Hamden’s Health Care Cluster will attend the Chamber’s Health Care Committee as a partner for economic growth in Hamden and in the region.
Overview of Cluster Strategy 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hamden’s Cluster strategy is part of our efforts to meet the needs of small business in a more structured and focused way. For the last ten years, Hamden has used the Business Cluster approach to plan effective strategies for community revitalization as well as to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Featured Business

Legendary Business Re-Opens at New Clothing Location 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hamden businessman Donald J. Camerato has re-opened his men’s clothing store on Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Dixwell. His new shop, residing in a commercial complex he helped design in the 1980s offers high quality shirts, ties, suits, custom tailoring, and consulting services. Camerato hopes that his unique wares and attention to detail will draw customers in an age of mass production and online shopping. Growing up on Bradley Avenue in Hamden, Don Camerato got his start in business in his early 20s. After working retail and acquiring a passion for clothing, he decided to open his own store at 22 years old. He opened his first location in 1964 and named his clothing line D’Camm Limited. He had small shop built from the ground up in 1967 and before long, two more locations sprouted- one in Fairfield, and one in the newly developed Hartford Civic Center. At one point, he was offered the Presidency and 40% of Kramers Fur, a furriery that did more than $6 million in sales at the time. Despite the lucrative offer, Camarato turned it down, preferring to focus his attention on his own brand. In 1973, he became the youngest president of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Ewe Irish Goods located at 2371 Whitney Ave, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. The idea of Lucky Ewe came to owner and former Hamdenite Katie O’Neill Regan some 4 years ago. As she came from a visit to Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum, she stopped off at her Irish borne father’s grave and had the idea of opening an Irish gift store. Mary Beth Radigan, Katie’s childhood neighbor and friend along with her niece Tara O’Neill shared her passion for the idea and became her business partners, also known as the Ladies of Lucky Ewe. Working with Hamden’s Economic Development team, they were able to transform the idea into a wonderful business

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