Re­flect­ing on the last 16 years

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - BUSINESS - JoAnn Ryan Cham­ber Cor­ner

I am be­gin­ning my 16th An­niver­sary as Pres­i­dent & CEO of the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce, the largest busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion in North­west Con­necti­cut serv­ing 21 towns. It’s hard to be­lieve that it has been: 504,316,800 sec­onds of prepa­ra­tion; 8,405,280 min­utes of work; 140,088 hours of sig­nif­i­cance; 5,837 days of im­por­tance; 832 weeks of sat­is­fac­tion; 192 months of value; and 16 years of hope­ful­ness.

To­gether, we have ac­com­plished some pretty great things, tack­led crit­i­cal is­sues, in­tro­duced play­ers in the re­gion, state and na­tion, formed col­lab­o­ra­tions with key part­ners and cre­ated a strong busi­ness com­mu­nity im­pact­ing thou­sands of lives.

You specif­i­cally ben­e­fit from our ef­forts. Read on:

Mak­ing con­tacts for your busi­ness: Busi­ness Af­ter Hours, Busi­ness Be­fore Work, Restau­rant in the Spot­light and re­vi­tal­ized Peer Groups

Be­com­ing more vis­i­ble: On the web­site, in the monthly news­let­ter, an­nual busi­ness di­rec­tory, the satel­lite of­fice in Kid­sPlay, on Face­book and in weekly news­pa­per ar­ti­cles

Mo­ti­vat­ing your em­ploy­ees: Pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through Lead­er­ship NW, Cham­ber Sem­i­nar Se­ries, Learn At Lunch and the WOW! Fo­rum

Learn­ing from the ex­perts: SCORE busi­ness coun­sel­ing, bian­nual eco­nomic sur­vey of busi­ness, Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, US Depart­ment of Com­merce and the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter

Sup­port­ing Lo­cal Busi­ness through the Mem­ber Dis­count Pro­gram, the Great Give­away Busi­ness Expo and Con­nect­ing Busi­ness to Busi­ness

De­vel­op­ing your work­force: Work­force In­vest­ment Board Em­ployee Train­ing and Hir­ing Grants, Job & Ca­reer Fair, Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Coali­tion, Cham­ber In­sur­ance Trust, Ju­nior Lead­er­ship and the Lead­er­ship Cab­i­net

In­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion: Read Aloud Day, School to Ca­reer Path­ways, Fi­nan­cial Re­al­ity Fair, Ca­reer pan­els, and the de­vel­op­ing Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram

Con­nect­ing with lead­ers: Roundta­bles with lead­ers on the lo­cal, state and fed­eral lev­els in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors

Cre­at­ing part­ner­ships: NW Cham­ber Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, NW Hills Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, Friends of Main­Street, Litch­field Area Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, NW CT Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, NW CT Arts Coun­cil, North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sions, Tor­ring­ton His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Kid­sPlay, area mer­chant as­so­ci­a­tions, Burling­ton Cham­ber, the Con­necti­cut As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tives, Con­necti­cut Main Street, Cham­ber In­sur­ance Trust, the Gov­er­nor’s

Com­mis­sion on Em­ploy­ment & Train­ing and the Work­force De­vel­op­ment Board, City of Tor­ring­ton and Bos­ton Fed­eral Re­serve Work­ing Cities De­sign

The ac­com­plish­ments are ap­par­ent be­cause of you: mem­bers, soon to be mem­bers, com­mit­tee chairs, vol­un­teers, Cor­po­rate Part­ners, the Board of Di­rec­tors, the su­perb staff and the com­mu­nity at large.

Be as­sured that our work con­tin­ues every sec­ond, minute, hour, day, week, month and year. I love it!

Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity to make this an even bet­ter place in which to live and work.

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