Reflecting on the last 16 years
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.