Chamber Blog

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May 26 2015

What do you mean I don’t have enough insurance?

In our personal injury practice we frequently deal with clients injured in automobile accidents. Frequently (and sadly), we often have to explain to severely injured people that their insurance......(read more)

Apr 28 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of a Divorce

Unfortunately, more than 40% of marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce. Divorce can be financially and emotionally devastating and especially stressful for children involved....(read more)

Dec 10 2014

Business After Hours: 'The heart of networking'

A mainstay of the Chamber’s programs is the Business After Hours series, a monthly networking event hosted by member businesses....(read more)

Dec 09 2014

NIOD Sailor honored as December Service Person of the Month

Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Tyler Murray, a native of Potsdam, New York, who currently resides in Groton, received the award during a monthly Lions Club meeting and dinner at the Gales Ferry Firehouse, Dec. 4....(read more)

Dec 01 2014

November Service Person of the Month

A sailor from Naval Submarine Base New London’s Naval Submarine School was recognized as November’s Service Person of the Month by the New London Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut....(read more)

Nov 20 2014

Chamber supports local merchants

As the holiday shopping season hits its peak, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut wants everyone to remember to Buy Local - Shop Chamber....(read more)

Nov 12 2014

Chamber's annual Holiday Gala is great fun for a great cause

The Chamber’s 31st annual Holiday Gala is more than just a great party — it is a chance to support charities across eastern Connecticut that enrich children’s ...(read more)

Jan 01 1970

NSSF Sailor honored as October Service Person of the Month

A Sailor from the Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) at Naval Submarine Base New London was recognized as October’s Service Person of the Month by the Rotary Club of Montville and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern ...(read more)

Sep 25 2014

Chamber Upgrades Member Management Software to Enhance Website Capabilities, Provide Improved Member Experience

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has upgraded its member-management computer software to ChamberMaster. The change means that the Chamber’s website offers more services to members and more information to the ...(read more)

Sep 17 2014

Seven Women in Leadership to Speak at Chamber Breakfast on Sept. 26

Three college presidents, Connecticut’s lieutenant governor, a Coast Guard rear admiral and the leader of one of the state’s largest community foundations will join the Mohegan Tribe’s chief at the first-ever Women ...(read more)

Sep 09 2014

Mystic Aquarium CEO to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Stephen M. Coan, president and chief executive officer of Sea Research Foundation, which operates Mystic Aquarium, is the recipient this year of the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award....(read more)

Sep 02 2014

Coast Guardsman honored as Service Person of the Month

A petty officer assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was recognized as August's Service Person of the Month by the New London Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, during a luncheon at the Academy, ...(read more)

Aug 26 2014

Region needs a strong STEM

The Chamber is partnering with CURE and the Whiteboard Startup Roadshow on a Sept. 4 forum in Groton that will bring together principals of startup businesses in the STEM disciplines, as well as experienced entrepreneurs ...(read more)

Jul 31 2014

What My Chambership Means To Me ...

We asked our members what their Chamber membership means to them. Here are some of their answers....(read more)

Jul 23 2014

July Service Person of the Month

A sailor from the Naval Submarine School at Naval Submarine Base New London was recognized as July’s Service Person of the Month by the Niantic Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, July 16....(read more)

Jul 14 2014

What does the Chamber mean to you?

Enter to win dinner for two at Octagon Steakhouse!...(read more)

Jul 02 2014

Chamber Program Fosters Leadership

Since 1987, the Chamber's Leadership Program has been helping grow the next generation of leaders throughout the region....(read more)

Jun 24 2014

Toledo Sailor Honored as Service Person of the Month

A sailor from the Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Toledo at Naval Submarine Base New London is recognized as June’s Service Person of the Month by the Waterford Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern ...(read more)

Jun 18 2014

Ribbon Cuttings Are A Great Chamber Tradition

At no charge to our members, the Chamber helps organize a ribbon cutting as a way to celebrate an opening, a re-opening, an anniversary or a renovation. ...(read more)

Jun 11 2014

Congratulation Leadership Program Graduates!

Twenty-eight men and women will graduate from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program during a luncheon on June 18 at Latitude 41 restaurant in Mystic....(read more)

Jun 05 2014

May Service Person of the Month

A sailor from the Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton on Naval Submarine Base New London is May’s Service Person of the Month, awarded by the Mystic Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut....(read more)

May 23 2014

Courtney Update: From the BIA to Rail to Subs, There’s A Lot Happening

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney brought a lot of information with him on the morning of May 23, when he provided his annual Congressional update for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut members....(read more)

May 20 2014

Nonprofit Conference: Your Board Made Perfect

Turning a nonprofit agency’s Board of Directors into a leadership team that can set and reach ambitious goals is a challenge for every organization. ...(read more)

May 15 2014

Be A Local Tourist

We are lucky enough to live in a place that draws tourists from around the world. Make sure you enjoy all our region has to offer!...(read more)

May 07 2014

Coming in June: The ‘New’ Voice

In June, we will proudly unveil a new and improved, full-color Voice....(read more)

Apr 30 2014

Chamber Foundation Bowl-a-thon Nets $7,800

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation raised $7,815 during its 3rd Annual Bowl-a-Thon at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s High Rollers on April 22....(read more)

Apr 28 2014

Eastern CT Chamber, Partners to Present Fiscal Sustainability Forum on May 16

Expert Panel will Analyze Issues Critical to Connecticut's Financial Future...(read more)

Apr 17 2014

Chamber of Commerce Members Participate in Military Orientation Day

Members of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program received a behind-the-gates tour of Naval Submarine Base New London and Southeastern Connecticut military instal­lations and commands during ...(read more)

Apr 15 2014

The SBA: ‘We’re Here To Help’

Seth Goodall, the New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, spoke on April 15 to a room full of small business owners and entrepreneurs at Quality Inn in Mystic....(read more)

Apr 09 2014

Chamber Introduces Veterans Networking Mentoring Program

The Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is launching program aimed at helping local college students who are military veterans connect with potential employers....(read more)

Mar 31 2014

SBA Regional Administrator to Speak on the Role of Small Business in Economic Recovery

Seth Goodall, the New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, will speak at a Small Business Luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday, April 15 in Mystic....(read more)

Mar 27 2014

Chamber Foundation Provides $90,850 to 23 Nonprofits to Benefit Thousands of Children and Families in Region

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation announced the distribution of $90,850 to 23 eastern Connecticut nonprofits that will improve the quality of life for thousands of children in eastern Connecticut....(read more)

Mar 25 2014

21st Century Tourism Marketing: Content, Content, Content

It is in every tourist-related business’s best interest to make sure that all their information is correct on, and to provide the website with a steady stream of content....(read more)

Mar 14 2014

UPDATED: Eastern Connecticut’s Premier Home Show: April 12 & 13

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. have partnered again to stage the region’s only truly local home show, Eastern Connecticut’s Premier ...(read more)

Mar 06 2014

Chamber Social Media Workshops: 'You Won't Be Disappointed'

“Social media is your storefront, similar to what your website was in years past, and you need to be connected to see your business grow."...(read more)

Feb 27 2014

ChamberECT 2014 Annual Meeting: Becoming the Chamber of the 21st Century

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut ended 2013 in the black, and is heading into 2014 n a strong, healthy overall condition. ...(read more)

Feb 24 2014

Chowder Cook-off Raises $21,000 for PNC Emergency Food Pantry

Olde Mistick Village hosted 24 restaurants from the CT and RI shoreline with their version of "chowder" and raised $21,000 for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry....(read more)

Feb 21 2014

The New (And Maybe Confusing) World of Health Care Coverage

With the start of 2014 came the start of the new federal health care requirements. For many small businesses, it is a whole new world in terms of what is required of them to provide their employees. It is confusing, and even ...(read more)

Feb 25 2014

Thank You To Our Annual Meeting Sponsors!

The Annual Meeting is 5:30-8 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Spa At Norwich Inn....(read more)

Feb 13 2014

Chamber's Leadership Program Launches Community Service Project

The 28 members of the Chamber Leadership Program will be spending Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the main office of Reliance House, which is in great need of repair. ...(read more)

Feb 07 2014

DECD: State ‘committed to economic growth in southeastern Connecticut’

Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state government have crafted an economic development strategy that will provide both short-term and long-term growth across the state, and specifically in eastern Connecticut...(read more)

Feb 05 2014

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut announces annual awards

Small Business of the Year, Community Revitalization Leader of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Board of Directors’ Special Award will be given at the chamber’s Annual Meeting Feb. 26....(read more)

Feb 04 2014

Who’s Your Mayor? What You Need to Know About FourSquare

Why small businesses need to pay attention to FourSquare...(read more)

Jan 27 2014

Social media for small business: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Social media is great for business - but you have to do it right!...(read more)

Jan 24 2014

Economic Forecast 2014: ‘Cautiously Optimistic’

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s annual Business Breakfast features Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo and CERC CEO Robert Santy...(read more)

Jan 22 2014

Google Changes to GMail and Google+ That You Need To Know

Google has made changes to GMail that will allow more people to contact you - make sure you are up to speed!...(read more)

Jan 17 2014

Chamber Business After Hours: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Come!

The Chamber's Business After Hours events offer great door prizes, but you can't win if you don't come!...(read more)

Jan 07 2014

Does Your Business Have A Snow Day Policy?

Your employees need to know what your company policy is in case of bad weather. ...(read more)

Jan 13 2014

Garde Arts Center's Drive to Digital

Movies at The Garde Arts Center benefit downtown New London businesses. Support The Garde's campaign....(read more)

Nov 01 2012

Small Business Saturday: Another reason to Buy Local

Supporting the local economy has long been a key part of what we do at the Chamber, so in keeping with that belief we cite the Small Business Saturday campaign started in 2010 by American Express for the Saturday following...(read more)

Jul 27 2012

Break Up the Big Banks?

The community banks that have served our region and state so well for many years have seen increased costs because of regulatory changes made in the aftermath of the major national investment banking scandals. Now, the former...(read more)

Jul 19 2012

Which training sessions would you attend?

The Chamber has begun hosting a new series of programs designed to improve skills used for the everyday office, conveniently held during lunch. These brown bag seminars open the floor to question and answer sessions led by ...(read more)

Jan 01 1970

What was your most memorable experience during Sailfest/OpSail?

Last weekend drew crowds to visit tall ships, watch fireworks, run the road race, and much more. We hope you enjoyed the festivities. Let us know what your most memorable experience was during the weekend. ...(read more)

Jun 29 2012

What is the best use of the former Pfizer laboratories?

The Chamber organized a meeting last Tuesday with DECD's Catherine Smith to plan the future of Pfizer's vacant site. Let us know if you have a suggestion on how to best utilize the facitlities....(read more)

Jun 21 2012

Testimonials: we want to hear from you

Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative has defined Chamber membership in a way that speaks to the core of our mission: supporting local businesses, supporting each other. She said: “The Chamber networking and collaboration ...(read more)

Jun 15 2012

Does your business have anything going on this summer?

The Sea Research Foundation’s Mystic Aquarium has found an innovative and entertaining way to start the summer season, with an outdoor showing of the movie Titanic. Please share any summer programming or promotional plans ...(read more)

Jun 07 2012

Great example of public-spirited company

Citizens Bank recently named its annual sabbatical program recipient who will volunteer for three months at the Women’s Business Development Center of Stamford....(read more)

Jun 01 2012

Crystal Mall celebrates renovation

This morning the Crystal Mall reception and ribbon cutting ceremony for their grand re-opening. Photo left to right: Dan Steward, First Selectman of Waterford; Chris Bastien, Director of Marketing of Crystal Mall; Ronald ...(read more)

May 25 2012

Law change: does it help or hurt liquor stores?

The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a law that allows liquor stores to open on Sundays. Do you think this will help or hurt those businesses? Share here....(read more)

May 18 2012

Connecticut, is it still revolutionary?

Connecticut has a new slogan as part of a major effort to draw visitors and define the state. Connecticut: Still Revolutionary. Does it capture the essence of who we are and will it be enough to attract visitors?...(read more)

May 11 2012

Improving business

New London merchants have deemed the temporary ice rink placed on Parade Plaza a big success that translated to a plus for their businesses. Do you have any other suggestions for New London and other communities trying to...(read more)

May 04 2012

Norwich Public Utilities Goes Green in Big Way

Norwich Public Utilities has opened a public electric-vehicle charging station and a compressed natural gas station, and biodiesel for NPU vehicles....(read more)

Apr 27 2012

What was going on 100 years ago?

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It is the latest organization to do so in the last year or so. Others include Connecticut College, the Coast Guard Academy, the Chamber and businesses ...(read more)

Jan 01 1970

Will you be running a summer camp program?

The Chamber is asking members to inform us about any programs you are running this summer. Keeping kids busy can be a daunting task, so we are putting together a list of things to do to assist parents. Please share information ...(read more)

Apr 13 2012

Tell us your favorite Beach Boys songs

If you want to bring back some of that old magic, we’ve got choice skybox tickets in the Mohegan Sun Arena for a Beach Boys reunion concert on May 12. The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary ...(read more)

Mar 30 2012

Who has programs for hiring veterans?

Dominion has been honored by Energy Biz magazine for its program to hire veterans. If you know of other companies that have such programs, share the names with us....(read more)

Mar 23 2012

The Beach Boys are coming and we have tickets

Mother’s Day is May 13. We have tickets for a Beach Boys concert the day before at Mohegan Sun. We think that would be a great gift... call the Chamber to learn more at (860) 701-9113....(read more)

Jan 01 1970

Is your business celebrating St. Patrick's Day?

We want to know if you are or your business is participating in the New London Irish Parade, Mystic Irish Parade or anything else. Or is your business offering a St. Patty's Day discount or promotion?...(read more)

Mar 02 2012

Do you see value in Connecticut Business Day

Connecticut Business Day at the capitol drew hundreds of business leaders to Hartford this week. Did you go? Do you see value in such events?...(read more)

Feb 24 2012

Have an idea for our Young Professionals?

Since its inception in August of 2011, the Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut has grown quickly. Initially, the group has been planning and attending networking events. Yesterday, the group networked at the...(read more)

Feb 17 2012

New annual meeting format, do you approve/disapprove?

The annual meeting was well attended last night, at the Mystic Marriott. Compared to last year, there was a sit down dinner instead of reception-like setting with...(read more)

Feb 10 2012

Do you have any special Valentine's Day plans?

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so are these local businesses who can help you pick out the perfect arrangement of flowers for your valentine:...(read more)

Jan 01 1970

To tip, or not to tip

Share with us your ideas on how much to tip. It could be in a restaurant, for housekeeping in a hotel, or even the hair dresser and postal carrier at holiday times. We are a service-oriented society and providing a gratuity ...(read more)

Jan 20 2012

Is a bioscience cluster in New London future?

The state has been promoting a major bioscience initiative in Farmington, but the founder of a small bioscience firm in New London told a Chamber gathering this week that southeastern Connecticut has the talent to expand ...(read more)

Jan 13 2012

It’s the question you’ve been waiting for...

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions, personal or business? Share them with us (and let us know if you’ve managed to break any of them in the 13 days since 2012 began)....(read more)

Jan 06 2012

Have we turned the corner?

The Bulletin newspaper in Norwich has reported some upbeat news for one sector of the economy—local automobile dealerships, with sales increases in New London, Norwich and Putnam.The news comes at a time...(read more)

Dec 30 2011

The state launched a campaign to attract job-creating business

As part of an effort to draw attention to the measures that include $180 million in new small business funding, DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith has toured the state. If you have any thoughts on the new programs, including...(read more)

Dec 23 2011

Amazon vs. brick and mortar

Last week we cited a case where the online retailing giant Amazon marketed itself by playing hardball with what we call “bricks and mortar” businesses, generally those that are locally owned and occupy a physical space ...(read more)

Dec 16 2011

Amazon is not playing fair

The online retail giant Amazon recently asked shoppers to check prices in their local "bricks and mortar" stores and then offered them up to a $5 discount if they left the store and bought from Amazon. From here it sure looks ...(read more)

Dec 09 2011

Are you doing something special for the holidays?

We’d like to know if you and your employees are raising money for those in need, or donating items for those served by our region’s many non-profits. Tell us and we’ll pass that along....(read more)

Dec 02 2011

Small Business Saturday success?

The Chamber has long been a strong supporter of small business and shopping locally. Supporting those local merchants who support our community through their taxes and employment opportunities is an important part of the...(read more)

Nov 23 2011

There is value in highlighting your Chamber membership

We’d like you to join these forward-thinking companies that see value in announcing their Chamber membership and we plan to publish those companies that do. Tell us below, so we can tell everyone....(read more)

Nov 18 2011

Miranda Creative is very creative

This morning we had a great presentation by Maria Miranda on QR codes and non-traditional marketing. If you have used these new marketing techniques in a specific marketing campaign, or just for overall brand awareness, ...(read more)

Nov 11 2011

What will help grow Connecticut's economy?

The state legislature has approved a comprehensive package of pro-business measures, including $180 million in new small business funding. DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith will be in Groton, Norwich and Danielson with a ...(read more)

Nov 03 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and to share what we can

If your business is helping a local non-profit to help those in need, please share it with us. Tell us the name of group and what you are doing. If you are a non-profit that does something special for this holiday, share ...(read more)

Oct 28 2011

Hosting a Halloween event?

Break out your costume and check out the happenings during Halloween weekend: 3rd Annual Hygienic Howling Halloween Bash @ Crocker House’s Haunted Ballroom, Friday 10/28, 8:00 p.m...more info. Sights & Frights @ Mystic...(read more)

Oct 20 2011

It’s all about you

We’re all about promoting our members: Submit a brief, 25-50 word, description of your business or non-profit and provide a webpage link if you wish. We will publish them in our various communications vehicles....(read more)

Oct 13 2011

Do you have a story?

It is always a pleasure when we hear a story about someones great experience with one of our Chamber members. Whether we hear about friendly and helpful customer service, or witness generosity first hand, we can...(read more)

Oct 06 2011

Your turn to ask the questions

We have asked three business-related questions of candidates running for mayor or first selectman in our region. You can see the initial round of answers here. Now it is time for you to ask questions that would be of interest ...(read more)

Sep 30 2011

What's your slogan?

Organizations of all sorts from businesses to non-profits, sometimes define themselves with a slogan. Here are two we've spotted recently: Rita's Ice New London: Ice Custard Happiness, Waterford Country School: Where everybody ...(read more)

Sep 23 2011

Encouraging signs in a struggling economy

The year 2011 dawned in Connecticut as the advent of a new era in our state government and the way it handles and interacts with the business community with fiscal responsibility. Gov. Dannel Malloy took office facing a...(read more)

Sep 15 2011

Obama jobs bill: thumbs up, thumbs down?

The president is asking Congress to cut the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses; give businesses a complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages. He is proposing reforms and regulatory reductions ...(read more)

Sep 08 2011

We never forgot

Where were you during the 9/11 attacks. On Sept. 11, 2011 I was working at the Chamber’s office in New London when we heard about the attacks. A couple of memorable happenings from that day were: I took a call from a ...(read more)

Sep 01 2011

Central Corridor initiative endorsed by The Bulletin

The Bulletin newspaper has endorsed the proposed Central Corridor initiative, a rail link between New London and Brattleboro, Vermont. It cited the economic development potential as one of its reasons. The project carries ...(read more)

Aug 25 2011

Wednesday night proved to be tasty

I don’t always order a dessert after dinner, nevermind eight. ‘How Sweet It Is’ dessert competition aboard a Cross Sound Ferry vessel, showcased the amazing cooking skills of four Chamber Members. I was on a boat, but ...(read more)

Aug 05 2011

Getting Involved with the Community

The third annual “Operation Lobster Dinner” put on by Grossman’s Seafood is a great example of a business getting involved with the community. Share with us other examples, large or small...(read more)

Jul 29 2011

Will your business be affected?

If the Federal Government defaults on its debt obligations and the cost of borrowing goes up, will this affect your business?...(read more)

May 05 2011

Whiz kid

Richard “Ricky” Gilleland III, a high school junior in Virginia and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, has done something rather remarkable. He has been described in press reports as a computer whiz and ...(read more)

Apr 29 2011

Bill tracking system

The Connecticut General Assembly has reached a critical phase of its current session. Bills are being reported out of committee and headed to the floor for votes. Now is the time to check on the status of bills you’ve ...(read more)

Apr 21 2011

In the last twelve months, what has been the biggest change to your business?

For example it could be a redesigned logo, a newly assigned company president, or a recent service you began to provide your customers. Comment to share! Results will be published in our next edition of the Friday 'eNews'....(read more)

Apr 08 2011

The Chamber Launches Website Redesign

Visit and you will be greeted with a clean new look. The website features key additions including: search – to find anything within the site; homepage feed – stay current with featured events and...(read more)

Mar 31 2011

Open for Business

We’re looking for seasonal businesses that have opened, or are about to. Let us know and we will share the good news. The Sea Swirl, “the casual clamshack” at routes 1 and 27 in Mystic opens April 1st: more)

Jan 14 2011

What information do you want most in our publications?

Our goal is to provide the most value to our members in the business community. With that in mind, we are asking this: What information do you want most in Friday’s eNews, and/or our other publications...(read more)

Jan 07 2011

IRS top 10 tips for Tax Filing

It’s that time of the year again, the income tax filing season has begun and important tax documents should be arriving in the mail. Even though your return is not due until April, getting an early start will make filing ...(read more)

Jan 07 2011

Do you have suggestions for Dan Malloy?

Dan Malloy has taken the oath of office as our new governor and is developing a budget plan to present next month to the Connecticut General Assembly. With the strength of the business community in mind, do you have...(read more)

Dec 29 2010

New Years Resolutions 2011

Time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. What’s yours? Tell us what you plan to do in the New Year. Share a business or personal goal?...(read more)

Dec 03 2010

A time for giving: Let’s talk about it

The period that begins with Thanksgiving and includes Christmas and Hanukkah, is considered by many as a time of giving, a time of sharing. Individuals and organizations pitch in to help those in need, and that is a...(read more)

Oct 22 2010

Holiday Gala

The 27th Annual Holiday Gala takes place at the Mohegan Sun, Dec. 3. It’s a fun time for a good cause. Click here for details. Each year the Chamber’s non-profit foundation hosts a holiday gala to raise money to help...(read more)

Aug 02 2010

Are you “on the map”?

Better hurry up. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has teamed up with Miranda Creative of Norwich to do just that, get you On the Map. Before you click here to learn more: more)

Jul 27 2010

Done anything fun this summer? Gone anywhere interesting?

Each Monday night Ocean Beach Park in New London hosts a wildly popular Cruise Night classic car show that features a parade of antique cars and the sounds of KOOL 101 FM spinning the classic sounds of the ’50s and ’60s. ...(read more)

Jul 16 2010

Want to put your business “On the Map”?

We’re not talking about the paper map you carry in your car’s glove compartment, we’re focusing on the evolving field of mobile maps, the kind that you access through your smartphone’s ability to reach one or more ...(read more)

Jul 08 2010

Share With Us Your Summer Vacation Plans

Tell us if you plan to travel, or visit some of the attractions and attend the popular events in our own backyard. Whatever you do, we hope you’re thinking about including the 2010 Sailfest in New London in your plans. ...(read more)

Jun 25 2010

Welcome to Connecticut Day

Gov. Rell has declared Friday, July 2 as Welcome to Connecticut Day in recognition of the Chamber’s effort to promote our state. That day will mark the official unveiling of the video on ferries of the Cross Sound Ferry ...(read more)

Jun 18 2010

The Government Wants to Know if You Have Suggestions to Stop the Ruinous Oil Gusher in the Gulf of Mexico

Well, the government and BP have tried everything else to stop the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf, and now they want our help. A unit of the Department of Energy is asking for any ideas you may have to end the oil gusher ...(read more)

Jun 10 2010

A Gift for Grads: Start-Ups

If you have a son or daughter graduating from college this year, you’ve probably gotten the word. When meeting this year’s college grads it’s best not to ask: “Hey, what are you doing next year?” Too many recent ...(read more)

May 27 2010

In The Market for Business Tips? Look Here

In my term here as president of the Chamber, I have regularly come across information that could be of help to business owners. Some of it is better than others and it can be challenging at times to separate the wheat from...(read more)

May 20 2010

How do You Use Social Media for Business?

In the not-too-distant past, when getting information about a business usually required consulting something written on paper, there were relatively few options available for the curious. Not so today, as we all know. Click ...(read more)

May 13 2010

Healthcare Debate: It’s All About Us

The national debate over our healthcare system is really a discussion about the best way to take care of ourselves, medically speaking. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut thought the subject mportant enough to ...(read more)

May 07 2010

Summer Sun Brings Summer Fun

It’s time to think of Summer Fun, and how that may affect your business. Are sidewalk sales, outdoor restaurant service, music nights in your summer plans? Click here to tell us yours? Some businesses do things differently...(read more)

Apr 30 2010

Help Businesses hit by flood waters

Some businesses in our region have taken a hit because of the recent storms. At least one restaurant on the Westerly side of the Pawcatuck River has closed its doors. There is one good way to support those that are...(read more)

Apr 23 2010

Tourism Has Become a Taxing Issue

Tourism employs something like 140,000 people in our state, including many in the lodging industry. A tax measure pending before the state legislature would give us a hotel tax higher than Manhattan’s. Doing business in ...(read more)

Apr 16 2010

Connecticut: friend or foe when it comes to supporting business?

How would you rate the business climate in Connecticut? Is our state anti-business? A lot of business people would agree with that claim. There’s the tax structure, the high electric rates, an aging transportation system...(read more)

Apr 09 2010

Chamber tourism event at Mystic Seaport is a must attend

Tourism is a vital part of our region’s economy, one that defines our area in a way that few other business sectors do. Click here to read about a Chamber event next Friday that will focus on this important subject. Talk ...(read more)

Apr 02 2010

The raging waters ruled, but human spirit triumphed in the end

Jim Reed, the popular radio personality on KOOL 101, summed it up best Friday morning when he said what many of us had been thinking: “What a week it’s been.” Without question, it was one for the record books. The...(read more)

Mar 26 2010

Health care reform: What do you think?

It seems everyone has an opinion on health care reform. Tell us yours. The health care reform measure signed into law this week by President Obama has generated a lot of heat. We’d like to shed some light on the subject ...(read more)

Mar 19 2010

Legislature considering bill that would hurt business

Tony Sheridan, our chamber president, testified March 15th before the legislature’s energy and technology committee on a bill that we feel strongly would hurt a critical part of our state’s economy. He told the legislators...(read more)

Mar 12 2010

1910 was quite the year, with a lot of comings and goings.

Have you heard about the Chamber’s birthday? On March 31, 2010 the Chamber will turn 100. No matter how you cut it, 1910 was a big year in Connecticut and throughout the country. The organization that grew into the Chamber ...(read more)

Mar 05 2010

Kudos for New London

When New London Harbour Towers received their Regional Chamber Award for Community Revitalization of the Year, Lou Tagliatela had some flattering things to say about New London’s role in the project. Tagliatela, of...(read more)

Feb 26 2010

2009 Year in Review

In 2009, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut: Held 150 programs and events, Welcomed 241 new members, Had 2,778 visitors at our New London Visitor Information Center in the summer, and...(read more)

Feb 19 2010

Annual Regional Construction Forecast

The Chamber today hosted our Annual Regional Construction Forecast breakfast, with leaders from local cities and towns available to discuss upcoming projects. The community heard from Michael J. Murphy, AICP...(read more)

Feb 12 2010

Nominate the Next Citizen of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is now accepting nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award. The award, now in its 60th year, is presented annually to honor an individual for their outstanding contributions ...(read more)

Feb 05 2010

Regional Chamber Awards

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has announced the 2009 Regional Chamber Award winners, to be honored at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 10...(read more)

Jan 29 2010

Thank you from the Chamber

Thanks to all our members, friends, state and local officials, benefactors and sponsors for making our Open House an evening to remember! Congressman Joe Courtney joined us for a ribbon cutting ceremony at our new incubator ...(read more)

Jan 22 2010

Helping the People of Haiti

A group of local community leaders have organized efforts to respond to the extraordinary humanitarian needs of the Haitian people caused by the recent earthquake. Our plan is to direct financial donations to an established ...(read more)

Jan 15 2010

Pfizer's Community Grants Program

We are fortunate to have a company as generous as Pfizer in our community. Each year, they contributes significantly to the good and welfare of our region with their Community Grants program. Pfizer recently...(read more)

Jan 08 2010

Survey of Eastern Connecticut Businesses

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, in partnership with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, (CBIA), the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), and the Greater Mystic Chamber of...(read more)

Dec 30 2009

New Year's Eve in eastern Connecticut

It’s one of the most festive holidays of the year. How are you ringing in the new year? Did you find a great place to celebrate, or are you enjoying a quiet evening at home with take-out? We want to know what you’re doing ...(read more)

Dec 23 2009

Toys still needed for Christmas

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation provides assistance to a number of area charities through our annual Holiday Gala. One of these charities is the Tommy Toy Fund, administered by the...(read more)

Dec 17 2009

We're moving!

The Chamber will be moving to our new regional headquarters at 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, over the holidays. We will be closed from Thursday, December 25 through Sunday, January 3, and will reopen at 8 a.m....(read more)

Dec 11 2009

Putting Connecticut Back to Work

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd recently unveiled his new, comprehensive jobs agenda that will allow businesses to expand and add jobs, access credit, and put Connecticut’s unemployed workers back to work...(read more)

Dec 04 2009

Honoring Those Who Work for Others This Holiday Season

Non-profit organizations are working diligently year-round to help those in need, but more than ever during the holiday season. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut asks the community to join us in honoring the...(read more)

Nov 24 2009

Are you helping your community this holiday season?

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to lend a helping hand this season. It’s as simple as patronizing a store in your neighborhood. This year, Buying Locally is more important than ever, as our region emerges from a recession. ...(read more)

Nov 20 2009

Coaching: A Recipe to Maximize Performance

Most performance management systems lack or are light on the most important ingredient required to get the full potential people have to offer: Coaching.While most of us are familiar with and have experienced “coaches” ...(read more)

Nov 13 2009

Pfizer's positive future

The news of Pfizer’s departure from their New London campus startled us all this week, but as more facts unfolded we were able to focus on the positives. Pfizer will, in fact, remain in Connecticut, transferring their...(read more)

Oct 06 2009

Chamber Offers Women in Business Video Series

What do Gail Weber of Minuteman Press and Anna Lathrop of Gourmet Galley Catering LLC have in common? Log on to YouTube and see! The Chamber has launched a new series of videos featuring notable...(read more)

Oct 30 2009

Network Your Way to Better Business

With marketing budgets on a shoestring these days, business leaders are hitting the streets with their business cards in hand, using old-fashioned social skills to attract customers. Even when economics aren’t a factor...(read more)

Oct 23 2009

Concerns about the US Chamber of Commerce

Recent news reports have expressed concerns about the US Chamber of Commerce’s legislative agenda, and those concerns have been demonstrated locally. As we enter the planning process for our next legislative...(read more)

Oct 16 2009

CL&P President and COO Jeff Butler at Chamber Breakfast

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut was fortunate to have Connecticut Light & Power President and COO, Jeff Butler, as a guest speaker at our breakfast this morning. Mr. Butler spoke to business leaders about the...(read more)

Oct 09 2009

Losing Our Decorum

When a country loses its civility, it is in danger of losing a lot more. Throughout our nation, we’ve seen an appalling lack of civility these last few months surrounding the health care debate, from everyday folks to elected...(read more)

Oct 02 2009

Organ donation saves lives

Most people think of organ donation in technical terms: The process of transferring healthy organs from one person to another. What many don’t know is that as many as 100,000 people* are on a transplant list, waiting for ...(read more)

Sep 24 2009

Chamber Calendar

You’ve probably received our 2010 Chamber Calendar in the mail by now. We’d love your feedback! Do you like the design? Are the tips helpful? Have you taken a moment to check out our sponsors’ websites? Would you like ...(read more)

Sep 18 2009

This Old House

Frank McLaughlin of McLaughlin Cos. LLC and Jay Feldman of Timberlines LLC and Phoenix Solutions are on a quest to revitalize New London, neighborhood by neighborhood. As private developers, they are working hard to turn ...(read more)

Sep 11 2009

Remembering September 11, 2001

On this 8th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, please take a moment to honor the victims and also the men and women of our military who have been fighting to defend our country since that day. Leave a tribute here, ...(read more)

Sep 04 2009

Promoting Tourism in the Region

In an effort to promote the region’s year-round tourism potential, the Chamber, with the help of Marsal Studios, has produced a DVD focusing on area attractions for use on the Cross Sound Ferries. The goal, said Chamber ...(read more)

Aug 28 2009

Political Candidate Academy

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut believes that the region’s social and economic fabric is highly dependent on a healthy competitive political environment. To this end, the Chamber is concerned with the increasing...(read more)

Aug 21 2009

Chamber Fan Page on Facebook

You may already be a fan of the Chamber on Facebook, but we wanted to remind you that we are moving completely to a fan page. Next week, our “friend” page will be removed, so we want to make sure all our friends come ...(read more)

Aug 13 2009

Chamber Chat with Frances Padilla of the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT

Chamber President Tony Sheridan recently had a chance to speak with Frances Padilla, vice-president for Programs and Policy at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut for our local access show, Chamber Chat...(read more)

Aug 06 2009

Long Term Care Insurance 101

Misconceptions about long term care insurance? Read on: Myth: Long term care insurance is something only older people should consider. Reality: 40% of people receiving care are between the ages of 18 and 64. This...(read more)

Jul 31 2009

Shore Line East to reach New London

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s announcement that she has committed to extending commuter rail service to New London via Shore Line East by December was welcomed with open arms by the citizens of eastern Connecticut, as well as...(read more)

Jul 17 2009

Casinos Join Forces to Attract Tourism in the Region

Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino have joined advertising forces in a campaign designed to attract people to the eastern Connecticut region who might be thinking about heading to Atlantic City. The campaign will...(read more)

Jul 10 2009

Chamber Members Honored

Congratulations are in order to the Captain Daniel Packer Inne, the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, and the Connecticut Defenders, who were all named in Yankee Magazine’s Best of New England edition. The...(read more)

Jun 30 2009

Annual Congressional Report

U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney joined the Chamber Monday for a Business Breakfast to discuss this session’s congressional initiatives, including the Cap and Trade bill and the federal stimulus package. The Cap and Trade ...(read more)

Jun 25 2009 We'd love your feedback!

At the Chamber, we’re always thinking of new ways to make work better for you. Tell us what you think about our website. We’re interested in learning: Your main purpose in visiting more)

Jun 19 2009

Congratulations to our Leadership Eastern CT Program graduates!

The 2008/2009 Leadership Eastern Connecticut Program Graduates are a diverse group of talented business people. This group now has the ability to go forth and lead the region in a myriad of different ways....(read more)

Jun 12 2009

Your employees need insurance….

We can help you get it. Every company wants the most bang for their buck, especially when it comes to insurance. Getting the best product at the best price is critical to companies trying to watch their bottom line but still ...(read more)

Jun 08 2009

Video from Europe

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Jun 05 2009

Connecticut's Armada

On Thursday, Chamber President Tony Sheridan left for Europe with the Connecticut Armada, a group of more than a dozen companies from across the state led by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. The mission? To get a handle on international ...(read more)

Jun 02 2009

Another successful golf tournament!

We had a great day for the 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament. Thanks to all who attended, sponsored and showed their support by donating a raffle or gift item. Did you enjoy the day? Tell us about your golf experience....(read more)

May 29 2009

Social Networking

This year, the Chamber has joined the social networking community with a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and even a blog. We had no idea what to expect, or how it would help us, but we wanted to reach out to more members....(read more)

May 22 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Leave a tribute to a soldier here this weekend and let our military personnel know how much they are appreciated....(read more)

May 08 2009

Mother's Day

How are you showering your mom with love and affection for Mother’s Day? Whether it’s food or fun related, we want to hear how you’re celebrating. Share your favorite places in the region to take your mom here....(read more)

May 15 2009

Follow the Chamber on Twitter

If you’re tweeting, join the Chamber for updates on news, new members, events and much more! Visit and follow us. Post here that you did so, and if you’re one of the first 10, you’ll receive ...(read more)

May 06 2009

The Day's featured discussion with Tony Sheridan

Didn’t get to ask your question? Ask it here. View this transcript from The Day’s discussion here....(read more)

May 04 2009

Thanks to all who attended Taste of the Lymes

Thank you to all who attended our Lyme-Old Lyme Council’s 9th Annual Taste of the Lymes event, and a special thank-you our event sponsors, Pizzeria DaVinci and Essex Printing. Visit their websites to see what they have ...(read more)

Apr 30 2009

The Chamber has a new Business News page!

Please take a moment to visit our new and improved Business News page, designed to help you enjoy our members’ news in a more user-friendly format. We hope you’ll take a moment and see what’s happening in the region ...(read more)

Apr 22 2009

What is your favorite thing to do in Eastern CT?

What is your favorite thing to do in Eastern CT?...(read more)