BRISTOL - The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce is launching an Ambassador Program to encourage members of its affiliates to get involved and to represent the chamber as a honorary membership ambassador.
According to Jill Fitzgerald, executive director to the Bloomfield chamber, the goals of the program are to educate members on how to utilize networking and educational events to build a network base while attracting new membership and maintaining current members.
Fitzgerald said the program focuses on three main goals to uphold its mission and will be structured similar to a mentor-mentee program.
“We want to grow membership, welcome new members and then connect and engage them,” said Fitzgerald. “We want to start creating ways to engage members and really get them active.”
A large part of the program is networking and getting connected, which is why ambassadors are encouraged to attend and invite potential members to the weekly Morning Jolt meetings that the chamber hosts on the third Tuesday of every month, explained Fitzgerald.
Michael Carubba, of the FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center, is a regular at the Morning Jolt meetings and has seen how beneficial it is.
“I want to thank the Central Connecticut Chambers for holding the Morning Jolt meetings. We did sponsor the inaugural event and after two meetings we have gained 3 new patients,” said Carubba. “I love the relaxed atmosphere of this networking group and the ease of which I can have professional conversations with a variety of business people.”
Fitzgerald explained that because the chamber has so many affiliates, they hope that someone from each will participate in the program and represent their affiliation.
“It will be an ongoing program, that will find new ways to cultivate the mission,” said Fitzgerald.
Individuals interested in becoming an ambassador have already reached out to the chamber, according to Fitzgerald.
“We have already heard from volunteers that want to be ambassadors, and also from others that hope to be mentored,” said Fitzgerald. “We think it will be a positive program and goal that will be very doable.”