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  • Wednesday, May 22

    Join us in person 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 to attend

    Contact

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

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Wednesday, May 29

    Join us for an exclusive event delving into the intricate world of mergers and acquisitions. Whether you are looking to sell your business, acquire new ventures, or simply navigate the
    complex M&A landscape, this event is tailored for you.

    Date: Wednesday, May 29th, 2024
    Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm
    Location: University of New Haven
    300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516
    Main Campus, Alumni Lounge
    Moderator: Denise Whitford, CTSBDC
    Sponsored by: Liberty Bank, CTSBDC, and ThinkSynergy

    Schedule:

    Registration, Networking, and Breakfast 8:30am - 9:30am
    Fuel up for a day of insightful discussions and networking opportunities.

    Panel #1 - From Prep to Offer: The Buy/Sell Roadmap 9:30am - 11:00am
    Get insider insights from industry experts on navigating the crucial steps from preparation to receiving an offer. Learn about strategies, pitfalls to avoid, and how to maximize value.

    Panelists:
    Touchstone Advisors: Steve Pappas
    ThinkSynergy: Keith Werner
    Murphy and Co: Camille Murphy
    Business Seller's Center: Kevin Murray

    Break 11am - 11:15am

    Panel #2 - Beyond the LOI: The M&A Journey Continues 11:15am - 12:45pm
    Discover what lies beyond the Letter of Intent (LOI) and delve deeper into the ongoing M&A journey. Explore the intricacies of due diligence, negotiation tactics, and post-merger integration strategies.

    Panelists:
    Cornell Global LLC: John Weidner
    Wiggin and Dana: Jack Sousa
    Liberty Bank: Dan Longo
    ThinkSynergy: Keith Werner

    Networking 12:45pm - 1:30pm
    Cap off the day by forging valuable connections and discussing insights gained from the panels.

    Don't miss this opportunity to unlock new avenues for growth and success in the dynamic world of mergers and acquisitions. Space is limited to 50 - Reserve your spot today!

    Price

    FREE

    Contact

    Janet Deneen,
    8602490431,
    janet@thinksynergy.net

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Liberty Bank, CTSBDC, and ThinkSynergy

  • Wednesday, June 5

    Join us for the Fresh Connections 2nd Annual Women in Business Forum to embark on a journey of growth and empowerment through the Power of Connection.

    Connect, collaborate, and build community through:

    • Exciting and knowledgeable presenters
    • Inspiring Keynote speaker
    • Interactive activities and networking opportunities

    In these times, establishing meaningful connections with others has become increasingly challenging. This forum for women offers a day to engage with compelling speakers and participate in interactive networking opportunities.

    You’ll be inspired by our Keynote Speaker, Wendy Vincent, Executive Director of the Cultural Coalition and former Program Manager/Director for the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), as she shares how the power of connections have impacted her on her personal and professional journey.

    Additionally, our diverse lineup of presenters from various professions and backgrounds will share their experiences and guide attendees through a day of purposeful connecting and networking.

    Following the forum, you are invited to join us for a networking reception to continue to foster and cultivate the connections made throughout the event.

    Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity for inspiration, education, and professional development. Your registration includes lunch and a glass of wine at the reception.

    Price

    $100 - $1,200

    Contact

    Mary Riley,
    8608843675,
    mary@askncdc.com

    Registration details

    Registration deadline: June 4

    Hosted by

    Fresh Connections

  • Thursday, June 6

    Charles IT's 3rd annual open house event complete with a food and wine festival, beer pong tournament, networking opportunities, raffles, exclusive prizes, office tours, and more!

    Price

    N/A

    Contact

    Carrie Wicks,
    860-344-9628,
    carriew@charlesit.com

    Registration details

    Please register using the event website URL

    Hosted by

    Charles IT

    From banks and credit unions to financial services firms, the FinServ sector is clearly in the crosshairs of cybercriminals. Our industry experts will offer the keys to building cybersecurity that keeps hackers from infiltrating your networks and systems, and provide guidance regarding how to quickly rebound should an incident ever occur.

    Using hands-on exercises, real-life case studies, and more, Steve Leventhal, CEO of cyber risk advisory firm Fellsway Group, and Scott Spatz, partner and CEO at managed IT services provider Cooperative Systems, will offer insights about technology and techniques you can implement immediately to lock your cybersecurity down.

    You'll learn about:

    The current and emerging threat landscape

    Why, and how, financial sector companies are being targeted

    The human impact on your cybersecurity

    What makes a cybersecurity solution “bulletproof”

    How to implement cybersecurity technology and best practices that bridge any disruption

    Lunch, drink tickets, and parking are provided. You just need to bring your laptop and current cybersecurity plan with you.

    The financial services sector is literally under attack, but Steve and Scott will give you the actionable information you need to build a bulwark against hackers.

    Price

    FREE

    Contact

    Jessica Dean,
    860-523-1000,
    jdean@coopsys.com

    Registration details

    This is a FREE event - Lunch, drinks and parking are included.

    Hosted by

    Cooperative Systems

  • Friday, June 14

    It's our 60th Annual Meeting! Join us as we head back to our roots in the City of Derby.

    Our Keynote Speaker at this Special Event will be Larry Bingaman, President & CEO of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA), which this year is celebrating their 175th year of service to our region. Larry will discuss Conscious Capitalism, a concept that was coined and popularized by John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods and Babson College Professor Raj Sisoda in their ground-breaking book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

    Larry leads RWA with a focus on sustainable, conscious business practices that grow and preserve the region’s rich natural resources. As a thought leader and change agent, Larry understands the value of elevating the strengths of ALL stakeholders and has deep experience serving on a variety of public, private, nonprofit, and community boards. Larry is one of the first 100 founding members of the Conscious Capitalism Senior Leader Network, and founder and Board Chair Emeritus for the Connecticut Chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

    In addition to the special keynote presentation, there will be the election of the 2024-2025 Board of Directors. We will also be recognizing the Regional Water Authority's 175th Milestone!

    Special thanks to our sponsors: Thule, Regional Water Authority, PKF O'Connor Davies, United Illuminating, Peralta Design, Modern Plastics, Aquarion Water Company, and Newtown Savings Bank, .

    Price

    GVCC Members $60; All Others $80

    Contact

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

    Registration details

    Advance registration requested by June 12th.

    Hosted by

    Greater Valley Chamber of Chamber