BRISTOL – The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce have announced several events this spring and summer, including a Small Business Appreciation Breakfast, the State of the City and Towns Breakfast and several upcoming golf tournaments.
The first of the announced events is the Small Business Appreciation Breakfast, which will be held May 9 at DoubleTree by Hilton at 42 Century Drive. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. The Chamber will recognize Victoria Biondi from Briar Rose, Bristol-Towpath BNI, Computer Development Systems, Maple End Package Store and Jerry Rafaniello from AFLAC. Christopher Santilli, publisher of the Hartford Business Journal, will be the keynote speaker. Admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
“We recently ran into Chris at a local event,” said Bombard. “He’s definitely a big believer in growing small businesses in the state. The Hartford Business Journal is all about recent businesses opening and new inventions in the state.”
The Chamber, along with the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association and the Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association, will also be sponsoring a Small Business Resources and Educational Forum May 22 at Courtyard by Marriott at 1081 West St. in Southington. It will feature panelists from the Small Business Development Center and the Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) who will help connect business owners to available resources. Admission is $30 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.
“This will be a one-stop-shop of business resources,” said Bombard. “It will be very informational and will save you having to make a lot of separate appointments. This is the first event we are holding at Courtyard by Marriot, who are Chamber members.”
The State of the City and Towns Breakfast will be June 12 at Chippanee Country Club at 6 Marsh Road in Bristol. The program begins with registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. The program will feature local mayors and town managers discussing what their communities are doing and what is in store for the remainder of the year. Admission is $30 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.
“In addition to talking about what is going on in their communities, these leaders will also be speaking about the state budget,” said Bombard. “We will also be having Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz as a guest this year.”
The Chamber’s 28th Annual Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 5 at Tunxis Country Club at 87 Town Farm Road in Farmington. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch from 11 a.m. to noon and then a shotgun start at noon. A steak dinner, featuring raffles and awards, will follow the golf event. There will also be hole-in-one prizes.
The Chamber will also be running the 2nd Annual Ladies 9-Hole Golf League that same day. Registration for this event is at 1 p.m., followed by tee-off at 1:30 p.m. There will be lunch on the course and dinner following the event.
“A lot of business is conducted on the golf course, and more and more women are stepping up to see if they can become involved,” said Bombard. “Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, we’re glad to have you.”
Leading up to the golf tournament, the Chamber is sponsoring Martinis and Mulligans, a four-week learn to golf program. There will be two courses, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 and July 9, 16, 23 and 30.
“We started offering this program last year,” said Bombard. “A golf professional will provide participants with basic training that will teach them how to golf. He will also accompany them on the course during the 9-Hole event.”
For more information, or to register, visit centralctchambers.org or call 860-584-4718.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.