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Article-Community Lending and the Startup Slump in CT 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a great article by Hamden’s Armando Rodriguez or arod (ee cummings style) to his friends, who is the Chair and Professor of the Economics Department at the University of New Haven. He is also advisor to the UNH Economics Collective. In addition to his always entertaining writing style, arod makes some spot on points in his latest article for the Collective about the power of Community Banks and to us economic developers more importantly, how overlooked (my opinion) really small businesses are. Over 70% of Hamden’s businesses has under 10 employees and over 80% with under 20 employees. We have developed a Solopreneur (i.e. home based business) Cluster http://www.hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp
Manufacturing Company in Hamden Expands 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
J.F.D Tube & Coil Products purchases second building for production expansion J.F.D. Tube & Coil has specialized in manufacturing quality heat transfer equipment since 1983. They take pride in their ability to manufacture quality tube bundles, heat exchangers, coils, and other heat transfer equipment. They have been located in the Hamden Business Park for over 25 years. For further information about J.F.D. Tube & Coil, go to their web page at http://www.jfdcoil.com/. “This is great news to hear that manufacturing has continued to grow in Hamden. It’s important to have a good workforce that can help make these companies successful. Our initiatives in workforce development may prove to be the most important thing we can do for these industries”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Hamden Retail and Shopping Center Update 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Despite the challenges in the retail and shopping center marketplace, Hamden has been getting positive news about its’ largest shopping centers. “We are seeing continued interest in the Magic Mile and interest at Putnam Plaza in terms of alternative uses that will be good in the long run for the tax base and residents”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. The grand opening of Aldi at the Hamden Mart is set for April 12th at 9am, while the moving of the Wine Merchant next to Aldi will be in the summer of 2018. The space left by the wine store as well as remaining space from Bon Ton are under discussion for future leasing by Kimco Realty (https://www.kimcorealty.com/), the owner of the Hamden Mart. A new Sketchers Outlet Store will come to the Hamden Plaza in the space downsized by Marshalls several years ago. Here is the web page of the outlet store in Clinton https://local.skechers.com/ct/clinton/151/. We anticipate the store being open late in 2018/ early 2019. Pokemoto Hawaiian Restaurant https://www.pokemoto.com/ opened recently at the former Froyo World, location at the Plaza.

New Business Openings

Northeast Alliance Surgery Center to Open 
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce that the North East Alliance Surgery Center is expected to open at 2080 Whitney Avenue. It is at the location of the former St Raphael’s surgery center that closed several years ago. The Northeast Alliance Surgery Center will open in the fall of 2018 with Surgical Care Affiliates. The Northeast Alliance Surgery Center will provide a setting for surgeons to perform outpatient appropriate spine, orthopedic, and pain procedures. The project is led by Dr. James Yue, a renowned spine surgeon with the Yale School of Medicine. The surgery center will be largely owned by a group of local physicians with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), an ASC management company, owning a portion of the entity. NEASC will bring 20 full-time jobs to Hamden during its first year of operation. "North East Alliance Surgery Center will provide safe, innovative, high volume ambulatory surgical care with an added focus on optimizing patient postoperative recovery and outcomes," said Founder James J. Yue, MD. "We look forward to collaborating with local hospitals and university medical and allied health schools to enhance ambulatory surgical education and create jobs."
J.A Bar and Grill Opens on 1372 Dixwell Avenue 
Monday, May 7, 2018
J.A. Bar & Grill is located at 1372 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514. J.A. Bar & Grill will become a landmark and destination for locals and visitors of Hamden, CT. When it comes to authentic Jamaican and American cuisine, no other can compare. J.A. Bar & Grill is the place to be for the finest Jamaican and American food where we serve mouthwatering, delectable food and offer a memorable dining experience. From succulent oxtails to finger licking good Jerk wing, all served with the freshest ingredients. J.A. Bar & Grill has a wonderful atmosphere and is the most desirable venue for people in the Hamden and New Haven area.
Uptown Consignment Moves to Hamden 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Uptown Consignment has been voted #1 Consignment store 23 years in a row. Uptown Consignment has been in business since 1991 and takes pride in its customer service. They have over 95,000 consignors from all over Connecticut, New York and Western Massachusetts. The have locations in Rocky Hill, South Windsor & Southington in addition to their new Mt. Carmel location. A grand opening is slated for May 5th.

HEDC News

Progress Made at Former Middle School Site 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
There will soon be a small but a significant step towards the redevelopment of the former middle school site. Contractors are wrapping up the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials in the auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation has managed the project and has been working with BL Companies and Wiese Construction since January with the goal of the demolition of this building and removal of pavement around it. It also includes the attached hallway to the main classroom building. The estimated project cost will be $500,000 and is being paid for entirely by a grant secured by HEDC from the State Department of Economic and Community Development.
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.

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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