BRISTOL - The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and United Way of West Central Connecticut have settled into their new location.
They are wrapping up their second full week at 440 N. Main St. after moving from 200 Main St., where they were located for 12 years.
The new location is in the same plaza as Tunxis Community College at Bristol, but the entrance is on the opposite side of the building in the upper-level, back parking lot.
Signs are currently being made, explained Cindy Bombard, chamber president and CEO and Donna Osuch, United Way president and CPO.
“It was a smooth transition. The move went better than planned and it was under budget,” Bombard said.
“Some stuff still isn’t hung and some cabinets need to be made. We have little, little things that still need to be done, but we are very happily moved in,” Osuch said.
The move was a combined effort from members, board members and volunteers from both organizations, explained Bombard and Osuch.
An interesting part of moving the chamber was cleaning out the basement that housed old files that were brought there in 2005, when the organizations moved from 10 Main St. to 200 Main St., Bombard said.
“The chamber is a 100-year-old organization. I found files back from the ’70s that didn’t need to be brought there,” Bombard said, adding that the basement began being cleaned out back in May on the United Way Day of Caring by high school volunteers.
The task was finished two weeks ago during the move and nothing from the old location went to waste. Bombard said that “historical items were found in the basement and were given to the appropriate places,” such as the Bristol Historical Society, Bristol Public Library and New England Carousel Museum.
“Not the financials, all of the things we needed to keep were kept, but there were a lot of historical things,” Bombard said. “Things that belonged to other places and that are important to the heritage of the chamber or the City of Bristol went to the appropriate places.”
The organizations received donations of office furniture from D’Amato Realty, ESPN, Webster Bank and John and Barbara Letizia of Letizia CPA, explained Osuch and Bombard. They noted there is still some office furniture left behind at the old locations that will be donated.
“We are very happy with our new space. The moving company was fabulous, D’Amato was fabulous and our staff was fabulous. It was a positive, hard experience, but it was positive,” said Osuch. “The staff loves their quiet office space. We didn’t have that at the old location.”
“The staff loves the new space. The training and boardrooms are now being used. We both had our first collaborative meetings,” Bombard said. “Also, we both work very closely with Tunxis at Bristol and if we need a larger space we can go down there because they have the classroom setting. We have used their space in the past and we can continue to do so.”
“D’Amato and Siracusa Moving [and Storage] were extremely supportive to all our needs. We want to thank the business community and all of our supporters for supporting us,” Bombard and Osuch said. “We will be setting a date for our ribbon cutting and grand opening.”
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