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  • Tuesday, March 5

    Greater Valley Chamber Economic Outlook 2024 sponsored by CLA and M&T Bank.

    Please join us for breakfast and a conversation with our two distinguished guests, Andy Haughwout, Director of Household and Public Policy Research, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Daniel H. O'Keefe, Commissioner-designate, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, about a range of issues impacting YOUR business and the outlook for the National and Connecticut economy.

    Andy Haughwout is the Director of Household and Public Policy Research at the New York Fed and co-editor of the Bank's Economic Policy Review. In addition to his duties at the Bank, he is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Law School. He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications on subjects ranging from macroeconomic stabilization to household finance. His work has been cited in most major press outlets including NPR, CNBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. Andy holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dan was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont as the new Commissioner of the DECD in November 2023 and has served as the State’s first Chief Innovation Officer since July 2023. Dan is a passionate advocate for economic growth, workforce development, vibrant communities and job creation. Prior to entering public service, Dan was a technology investor for 25 years, investing in high growth, innovative companies in the software, consumer and fintech markets. Dan holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of its Alumni Board, and an AB from Brown University.

    Check-in/Breakfast/Networking - 7:30 am - 8:00 am

    Program: 8:00 am

    Please note: Payment requested in advance. Walk-in welcome (space permitting). 48-hour notice for cancellations.

    Price

    Members $45/All Others $65

    Contact

    Nancie Gray,
    203-925-4981,
    nancie@greatervalleychamber.com

    Registration details

    RSVP by March 1 - Walk-ins welcome, space permitting

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Wednesday, March 13

    Join us in person or online for our Introduction to the Chamber!

    This event offers new, existing, and potential members an opportunity to make connections with other Chamber members and staff as we provide an overview of the various tools available to your organization. Register today to join us for this special open house.

    The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce is the voice of our business community and the premier business membership organization in the region. Each year, your Chamber helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses, professionals lead their organizations, and community leaders expand their reach in support of a vibrant business environment and a thriving local economy that benefits everyone.

    As a Chamber member, you have access to a host of events and programs that will help you grow your business. Your Chamber membership provides you with cost-saving resources, valuable networking opportunities, and a chance to develop your business skills.

    In addition, learn how we promote and serve the Valley business community and your individual business through policy work, advocacy, and partnerships. Your membership is an important investment in the future of our community and your business.

    Please join the Staff and Ambassadors of the Greater Valley Chamber for this FREE event.

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    Laura Gorman,
    203-925-4981,
    laura@greatervalleychamber.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Friday, March 15

    Topic: Vaccines: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. An Overview of the current COVID, FLU & RSV vaccines along with the science behind them. Also a brief update on the CDC COVID Isolation Guidelines.
    Presenter: Dr. Fred Browne, Infectious Disease Specialist, Griffin Health

    Anyone interested in learning more about the monthly topic is welcome to attend.

    Coffee & informal networking 8:00 am; Meeting & program start promptly at 8:15 am; Online option doors will open at 8:10 am.

    If you are planning to attend as a guest, please contact the Chamber to confirm the location and to help us with our planning.

    Comprised of individuals and companies in the Healthcare Industry including medical, insurance and care services, the Healthcare Council is a committee of the Greater Valley Chamber with a purpose to educate members, the business community, consumers, and government representatives on ways to reduce employee absenteeism costs, increase worker productivity and reduce overall healthcare costs. The Healthcare Council meets the third Friday of each month.

    Price

    Free to attend.

    Contact

    Laura Gorman,
    203-925-4981,
    laura@greatervalleychamber.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Wednesday, March 20

    Speed Networking is BACK!! The Power Network, a networking group of the Monroe Chamber, the Monroe Chamber and the Greater Valley Chamber are excited to bring you this maximum impact event that is designed to bring you face-to-face with each business contact in the room by sharing your '60-second' elevator pitch during 8 speed rounds. Imagine making more contacts in two hours than some people do in a year!

    This corporate take on speed dating is the perfect place to start filling your book of contacts, with people spanning a range of different sectors and industries. This unique networking format provides the opportunity to introduce your service and identify prospects for further follow-up! So polish up your 60-second introductory pitch, bring at LEAST 50 business cards with you and be prepared to circulate.

    Special thanks to our sponsors: Bellenot & Boufford LLC; Double Eagle Agency of CT LLC and Peralta Design

    Registration is $49 for 49 contacts (8 rounds of Speed Networking) plus 1 entry for multiple prize drawings, 1 drink ticket, appetizers, dessert, coffee/tea.
    Added bonus: Save time entering your new contacts. An excel list of attendees will be distributed to all participants.

    4:45-5:30 PM - Registration, Networking, Drinks/Apps
    5:30-7:30 PM - Speed Networking

    Limited Sponsorship Opportunities now available:

    Table Hosts - $125 (6 remaining)

    Any questions:
    Danielle Rownin, MCC or Laura Gorman, GVCC

    Attendance is limited to one representative from each company. Marketing material for all attendees is limited to business cards only. Only Sponsors are able to share additional info such as pens/coupons/samples etc. at their designated marketing tables.

    Price

    $49 per person

    Contact

    Laura Gorman,
    203-925-4981,
    laura@greatervalleychamber.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley & Monroe Chambers of Commerce & The Power Network

  • Thursday, March 21

    Is Your NET Really Working? How To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone and Make A Lasting Impression Where It Really Counts

    We have heard it before - LUCK WILL FIND THOSE WHO WORK TO PREPARE FOR IT!

    We will always be impressed with the person who just seems to make luck work his or her way. We ask ourselves how do they do it, what makes it happen, how can it work for us! Those rare individuals among us who have that ability to set themselves up to find that lady we call luck, they make it happen by stepping out of their comfort zone to create opportunity & potential where no one else can. For so many of us, it is just plain difficult to learn how to step out of our comfort zone and make a lasting impression where it really counts – in that world we Career Development!

    In this session you’ll learn:

    What are the FOUR principles of LUCK and the SIX ways to CREATE opportunity.
    Who do people REALLY want to work with?
    Why being POSITIVE really does work to meet new people!
    What are the FOUR essentials of career NETWORKING?
    Why are the world’s best CONVERSATION gurus the people who achieve their goals?

    Remember that successful people simply are willing to do the things that unsuccessful people don’t want to do. So here is a chance for us to get up, get out, become energized, and create career opportunities so that people will actually start searching for us.

    Immediately following the training session, plan to join us next door at Spotted Horse for informal networking (& cash bar) to practice our newly learned skills.

    Presenter: Bob Dickson, Owner and President, Dale Carnegie Training Connecticut, leading a franchise of the world’s oldest and most successful training company. Bob and the Franchise have won multiple sales awards over the years. Bob is a certified Senior Facilitator for all the Dale Carnegie Training programs and is a Dale Carnegie Executive Coach as well. Bob is active as the Vice President of the Naugatuck United Way and is on the Board of Directors of the Naugatuck YMCA (past president). He also is a training volunteer for Jane Doe No More.

    Price

    $10 per person

    Contact

    Nancie Gray,
    203-925-4981,
    nancie@greatervalleychamber.com

    Registration details

    Open to all 21-40

    Hosted by

    FUEL Young Professionals, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Tired Of Dealing With Compliance Headaches? 😨

    We get you. Compliance is a tricky subject for SMBs, and your business' success relies on it.

    Complex, ever-changing, constant updates, new additions... all items that help describe regulatory compliance for SMBs. We've put together some of the top minds when it comes to compliance and the strategy behind it to help ease your worries.

    March is all about College Basketball and the March Madness Tournament, which fits hand-in-hand with the madness of compliance frameworks. Register for the webinar to slam dunk your compliance requirements by learning about:

    ✅Why regulatory compliance is essential for SMBs
    ✅Pain points and their solutions for SMB compliance
    ✅The value and benefits of managed compliance solutions

    Price

    FREE :)

    Contact

    Carrie Wicks,
    8603449628,
    carriew@charlesit.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Charles IT

    Entrepreneurs, more than any other business group, thrive on hearing and sharing successes and hiccups; learning from others as they build their businesses. This webinar features a panel of three established small business owners in Connecticut, who will share how and why they got started, and how they keep going. Their candid stories and success tips will inspire attendees and offer beneficial insights. After the panelists introduce themselves and show a brief video of their businesses, the moderator will ask them several questions before opening it up for questions from the audience.

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    Anne Driscoll,
    860-388-9508,
    anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org

    Registration details

    Pre-registration is required.

    Hosted by

    SCORE Eastern CT