NEW BRITAIN - Located at 185 Main St., Suite 423, the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business owners in the city for over a century.
“In general terms, the chamber offers many benefits,” said President Timothy Stewart, a New Britain native and former mayor.
Those benefits include competitive health insurance programs; networking events; help with local and state governmental affairs; access to the chamber’s member mailing list; and low-cost marketing and advertising programs.
Comprising nonprofit, manufacturing, health care, educational services and small to mid-sized businesses, the organization serves to more than 400 businesses in the area.
A 26-member board, which includes law professionals, educators, accountants and people the communications and medical fields, also helps.
While also providing services to Berlin and Plainville, the chamber is home to a unique partnership with New Britain’s Municipal Economic Development Agency, which works with the chamber on a focused economic development strategy for the city’s business community.
“The chamber also partners with Capital Workforce Partners, which employs a Future Workforce coordinator to prepare local students to become the city’s workforce in the future,” Stewart said.
One way the chamber aimed to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow is by applying for an Innovation Places Planning Grant, which seeks to support entrepreneurs and leaders developing places that will attract the talent enterprises need.
“We’ve (the group of officials and business owners) all said that we’re going to continue these efforts regardless of if we get the continuation of funding for this grant,” Stewart told The Herald.
The chamber celebrated its centennial in 2013. It offers ways to increase customer base, cut business costs and take advantage of networking and marketing opportunities.
For more information on the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, visit greaternewbritainchamber.com or call 860-229-1665.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.